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Medigram: May 12, 2016

Top Story

Society meets with CMS acting administrator on MACRA implementation
Wisconsin Medical Society staff met with Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., as part of the Society’s involvement in the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) implementation task force. Read more.

News Briefs

Russ Feingold meets with Society, state health care leaders
The Wisconsin Medical Society hosted a health care forum with former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold and about 40 health care leaders from across the state at Society headquarters today (Thursday). Read more.

Council continues guardianship and surrogate decision-making discussion
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Ethics will revisit a discussion on guardianship, palliative care and current state guidelines and practices for the care of wards near the end of life during its May 20 meeting. Read more.

Medical Society of Milwaukee County to host ‘An Evening with Patrick J. Kennedy’
Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy will headline an event Sept. 19 to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse. The event, being held at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee, is presented by the Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC). Read more.

June conference focuses on suicide prevention
As part of the Zero Suicide Initiative, Safe Communities Madison-Dane County is hosting the Zero Suicide Conference June 7-8 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. The two-day event will provide a comprehensive overview of suicide prevention and features speakers from around the country. Read more.

Newsmakers

Dart, Hetsko awarded masterships from American College of Physicians
Past Wisconsin Medical Society presidents Richard A. Dart, MD, MACP, and Cyril M. “Kim” Hetsko, MD, MACP, were among 54 physicians—and the only two from Wisconsin for 2016—awarded masterships at a Convocation of the American College of Physicians (ACP) May 5 in Washington, D.C. Read more.

Society Snapshot

From 1917: Wisconsin military surgeon offers personal hygiene tips for World War I soldiers
When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, Wisconsin physicians answered the call to duty. Read more.