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2017 Archive

Delivered each Thursday, Medigram is the Wisconsin Medical Society’s electronic newsletter with timely news, upcoming events, answers to frequently asked questions and all the information you need to know to make your practice run more efficiently.

Click on the dates below to access articles in that issue.

August 3, 2017

  • Society urges Congress to take bipartisan, transparent approach to health care reform
  • Society joins amicus brief in case affecting patient-physician relationship
  • State-mandated opioid prescribing CME deadline is Dec. 31
  • WMJ focuses on opioid misuse and abuse
  • Society’s Association Health Plan quoting now for 2018
  • QPP Resource Center offers free assistance for eligible practices

July 20, 2017

  • Time is right to contact State Senate on chiropractor bill
  • Federal update: Health care reform and the Quality Payment Program
  • Negotiations continue on worker’s comp
  • 11 new HOPE bills signed into law
  • Society welcomes new staff
  • Health workforce focus of September WCMEW conference
  • Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program now accepting Program Year 2017 applications

July 6, 2017

  • Court of Appeals strikes down cap on noneconomic damages
  • Society honors two Physician Citizens of the Year
  • Interviews scheduled for CEO search
  • PCNOW reaches membership milestone
  • Member input sought for study on attitudes toward health care reform
  • Floaters and Endorsements: Special insurance coverage for valuables
  • Registration open for Wisconsin Section ACOG annual conference

June 22, 2017

  • Assembly passes chiropractic/sports physicals bill
  • Senate health care bill released today; vote expected next week
  • Save the date: Doctor Day 2018
  • Worker’s Comp Committee adds opioid proposals to negotiations
  • CMS proposes updates to Quality Payment Program to increase flexibility, reduce burdens
  • Free MACRA QPP physician education resources available
  • AMA adopts five polices introduced by Wisconsin delegation

June 8, 2017

  • Committee to vote on chiropractor bill; your action needed now
  • State budget stalls; future timeline unclear
  • Future of American Health Care Act uncertain
  • Society CEO search moving ahead
  • Did You Know: WHIO tool breaks down radiology utilization in Wisconsin
  • Program lets physicians relive joy of first white coat
  • Task force chair addresses opioid addiction in adolescents at conference

May 25, 2017

  • Joint Finance Committee tackling Medicaid budget proposal
  • CEO Search Committee meetings in June
  • New Society feature takes closer look at factors that impact population health
  • Print subscriptions available for WMJ
  • Worker’s Comp Division seeks physician feedback

May 11, 2017

  • Society begins search for physician CEO
  • Joint Finance adds language clarifying ePDMP to state budget
  • Déjà vu: Worker’s Comp fee schedule proposed again
  • Society further focuses efforts on mental and behavioral health
  • Recent court decisions impact Wisconsin physicians
  • House of Delegates actions now online
  • Society’s Council on Legislation to meet May 19
  • Physicians, PAs eligible for credit through Society PI CME initiatives
  • Chou recognized as outstanding mentor

April 27, 2017

  • Deep, Rolli become Society’s president and president-elect during Society’s Annual Meeting
  • Society testifies against bill allowing chiropractors to complete student athletic physicals
  • Society raises concern over health care reform developments
  • Turney, Schimel honored with Director’s Award and Presidential Citation during Annual Meeting
  • Foundation recognizes award winners during annual fundraiser
  • Statewide Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

April 13, 2017

  • New Society resource addresses ePDMP FAQs
  • Reference Committee reports available online
  • Last chance to register for Foundation event
  • Opioid CME coming to Wisconsin Dells April 22
  • Home, auto and umbrella insurance now available to Society members through PIP

April 6, 2017

Annual Meeting special issue

  • Reference Committees this Saturday; RSVP or register today
  • Foundation event nearly sold out
  • Opioid CME coming to Wisconsin Dells April 22

March 30, 2017

  • More than 400 physicians, medical students participate in Doctor Day 2017 at State Capitol
  • ePDMP requirement takes effect Saturday
  • Joint Finance Committee kicks off budget process
  • Society hosts summit to improve physician satisfaction
  • April 8 Reference Committees offer options for participation
  • Opioid CME coming to Wisconsin Dells April 22
  • Governor declares April 16-22 Healthcare Decisions Week
  • Member survey closes April 3
  • April 12 Waukesha County Medical Society program examines MACRA at a local level
  • AMA hosts free MACRA, Quality Payment Program webinar

March 16, 2017

  • State boards indicate flexibility in manner of ePDMP compliance
  • Society submits comments on CMS Market Stabilization Rule
  • Society launches effort to address mental and behavioral health
  • ‘Rural Initiative’ legislators introduce health care bills
  • Physicians sought to serve as WMJ reviewers
  • April 8 Reference Committees offer options for participation
  • RFS delegate nomination deadline extended to March 20
  • MetaStar to provide Quality Payment Program assistance for small practices
  • Fraud Alert: HHS Hotline being used as part of phone scam
  • Reminder: Medicaid EHR incentive deadline two weeks away

March 2, 2017

  • Rep. Nygren wins AMA’s Nathan Davis Award
  • ‘Right to Try’ bill advances in Assembly committee
  • ePDMP requirement takes effect April 1
  • Doctor Day less than a month away; register today
  • Reference Committees feature new day and new options to partcipate
  • Society Annual Meeting to feature opioid CME, registration now open
  • Nominations open for Young Physician Section leadership roles
  • WPA conference to focus on anxiety
  • Hot topics in emergency medicine focus of March 28 symposium

February 16, 2017

  • MEB discusses ePDMP readiness
  • DSPS offers tips for signing up for the ePDMP
  • Meet the nominees for Society offices
  • Resolutions for 2017 House of Delegates now online
  • Society continues efforts to shape health care reform
  • State Group Insurance Board votes to self-fund
  • Register today for Doctor Day 2017
  • Nominees sought for Resident Fellow Section
  • Last chance to register for spring CME leadership program

February 2, 2017

  • Society Board endorses health care reform principles
  • Senate committee approves CBD oil possession bill
  • WISHIN addresses ePDMP questions for participants
  • March 31 last day to apply for Medicaid EHR incentive
  • Council on Legislation to discuss bills before State Legislature
  • Spring leadership program kicks off March 10
  • Health literacy summit coming to Madison in April

January 24, 2017

  • Medigram Alert: CDC, DHS: Seoul virus outbreak associated with rat-breeding facilities in Wisconsin, Illinois

January 19, 2017

  • All users required to register for new ePDMP
  • Supreme Court declines to apply stringent standard to physician testimony
  • State Policy: CBD oil bill unveiled
  • Get to know candidates for Society offices
  • Reminder: Resolutions for 2017 House of Delegates due Feb 1
  • House of Delegates to Consider Amendments to Society’s Constitution
  • Registration open for Doctor Day 2017
  • Limited seats available for Society end-of-life care workshop, free webinar included
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County names 2017 award recipients

January 17, 2017

  • Medigram Alert: New ePDMP goes live today; all users must register

January 5, 2017

  • Governor calls special session on opioid abuse
  • ePDMP scheduled to launch Jan. 17; registration required
  • Society hosts summit to identify health care reform priorities
  • DEA reverses announced change to registration renewal process
  • Nominations for WISMedPAC Board of Directors due Jan. 9
  • Resolutions for 2017 Annual Meeting due Feb. 1
  • Members sought for House of Delegates committees
  • Leadership series now enrolling for spring
  • Society webinar fulfills MEB’s CME requirement