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Medigram: October 13, 2016

Top Story

New tools available to help prepare for 2017 Medicare changes
With physicians facing the most notable changes in Medicare in a generation, the American Medical Association (AMA) last week unveiled several online tools to help physicians through pending Medicare payment and delivery changes and to improve their opportunity for success under the new program that will go into effect in 2017. Read more.

News Briefs

Society to assist State in PDMP readiness
Wisconsin Medical Society staff met Tuesday with high-level officials with the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to provide input on how to best inform physicians about upcoming changes affecting when prescribers must access PDMP information before issuing certain prescriptions. Read more.

Society introduces opioid prescribing performance
improvement activity

The Wisconsin Medical Society has added a new performance improvement (PI) activity module to its portfolio of education focused on improving opioid prescribing. Read more.

Next statewide drug take-back day is Oct. 22
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) is coordinating a Prescription Drug Take Back initiative across the state on Saturday, Oct. 22. Read more.

US Senate up for grabs; Wisconsin viewed as battleground state
Although much of the focus this election season is on Presidential candidates, the outcomes of key races in the US Senate and House of Representatives could result in significant changes in the Congressional makeup. Read more.

Nominees sought for Society offices; deadline is Jan. 3
Nominations are now being accepted for several Wisconsin Medical Society offices. All nomination materials are due to the Society’s House of Delegates (HOD) Nominating Committee by Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Read more.

Apply today! Foundation grant application deadline is Oct. 24
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is accepting applications through Oct. 24 for projects aimed at improving health at the local or state level. Read more.

WHIO Learning Forum highlights social media
and new EHR technology

Using social media, manmade information and new cloud technology to improve health care are key topics of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization’s 2016 Learning Forum: “Navigation to Innovation” being held Nov. 7 in Madison. Read more.

WCMEW to cohost interprofessional conference Nov. 10-11
“Interprofessional Collaborations: Advancing Wisconsin’s Healthcare and Education,” is a two-day conference being hosted in Madison Nov. 10-11 by the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) and the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System. Read more.

Newsmakers

Schwartzstein re-elected AAFP vice speaker
Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FACP, was re-elected vice speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates during the organization’s annual meeting last month in Orlando. Read more.