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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.

December 21, 2017

  • Worker’s Comp bill introduced in Senate Labor Committee
  • Society sends ‘wish list’ to Congress
  • Fund Board defers action on fees until March
  • WMJ study describes population and geographic characteristics of firearm deaths
  • Last chance: Dec. 31 is deadline to complete MEB-required opioid CME
  • AMA report: physician practices at risk for cyberattacks

December 14, 2017

  • Society supports bills to fight psychiatry shortage, promote safer drug practices
  • Clock is ticking to avoid Medicare payment penalty
  • Physicians Foundation awards grant to support Society’s physician wellness efforts
  • Insurance Commissioner’s Office considering ACA waiver option
  • Physician satisfaction survey deadline December 20
  • Nominees sought for Board certification ‘Vision Commission’
  • Deadline nears for nominees for Society offices

December 7, 2017

  • Society brief highlights barriers to Medicaid participation
  • Help meet $10,000 challenge: Donate by Dec. 30
  • Council on Legislation meets Friday
  • Free Society webinar highlights 2018 changes to Quality Payment Program
  • Society’s Association Health Plan continues to grow
  • Dec. 31 is deadline for Physician Citizen of the Year Award

November 30, 2017

  • New CEO meets with lawmakers in DC
  • Hosting a holiday party? Read this first!
  • Society submits comments to CMS on ACA benefit and payment parameters
  • MEB-required opioid CME: Are you in compliance?
  • Symposium 2017 Dec 7-8 in Wisconsin Dells
  • MetaStar Achieves Wisconsin Forward Award’s Excellence Level

November 16, 2017

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court will have final say on cap on damages
  • State Legislature wraps up fall floor session
  • Register for Doctor Day 2018
  • Federal update: New pick named to lead HHS, open enrollment underway, tax proposal aims to eliminate individual mandate
  • Wisconsin well-represented at AMA Interim Meeting
  • Nominations open for 2018 Physician Citizen of the Year Award
  • Physicians share musical talents for charity
  • Deer vs. auto – Are you covered?

November 9, 2017

  • Society voices opposition to fee schedule during Wisconsin Health News event
  • CMS releases Quality Payment Program final rule, physician fee schedule
  • Congress acts on critical safety net programs
  • Resolutions for 2018 Annual Meeting due Feb. 1
  • Nov. 16 is Wisconsin Rural Health Day
  • MetaStar to host broadcast of IHI National Forum on Quality Dec. 12-13

October 26, 2017

  • In memoriam: Earl R. Thayer, 1922-2017
  • Physicians urged to call lawmakers to prevent worker’s comp fee schedule
  • Leadership summit targets physician satisfaction and workforce
  • Health care coverage and access focus of meetings on Capitol Hill
  • Society, Foundation and Insurance streamline content on 1 Facebook page
  • Nominations for Viste award due Nov. 1
  • Bertalot named president of Wisconsin Medical Society Insurance
  • Take Back My Meds MKE announces new ‘Adopt a Drop Box’ program
  • WISHIN HIE conference to feature medical economist J.D. Kleinke

October 12, 2017

  • Major business lobby calling for health care fee schedule in worker’s comp
  • Society continues collaboration on opioid/drug abuse reduction
  • New CME webinar focuses on use of ePDMP
  • Prescription Drug Take Back Day events throughout state Oct. 28
  • Nominees sought for Society offices; deadline is Jan. 3
  • New video highlights insurance solutions for Society members
  • Nominate a young physician; deadline is Nov. 1

September 28, 2017

  • State budget includes language clarifying ePDMP requirement
  • Deadline looms for CHIP, FQHC funding
  • Registration open for Doctor Day 2018
  • Make your voice heard
  • Required opioid CME: Are you in compliance?
  • Treffert presents TEDx talk on ‘Accidental Genius’
  • MetaStar’s Health Care Quality Symposium set for Nov. 8

September 14, 2017

  • Society submits comments on proposed updates to Physician Fee Schedule, Outpatient Prospective Payment System
  • Society priorities focus of meetings in Washington, DC
  • Over 500 attend MSMC-sponsored summit on poverty
  • Society renewed as MOC Portfolio Sponsor
  • Council on Legislation meets Friday
  • Frey honored for lifetime achievement by AAFP
  • WPA conference to explore ethics, integrated care and complex patient interactions

August 31, 2017

  • Society weighs in on changes to Quality Payment Program
  • Worker’s Comp committee proposes health care fee schedule
  • New statewide task force targets elder abuse
  • Free health care reform webinar available for Society members
  • Waukesha CMS to host Town Hall with legislators Sept. 26
  • AAFP president-elect to speak at WCMEW workforce conference
  • Registration open for Sept. 13 security risk analysis

August 17, 2017

  • Society urges Wisconsin Supreme Court to restore cap on damages
  • Society testifies on ‘Right to Try’ proposal
  • Medical Examining Board discusses tweak to Opioid Prescribing Guideline
  • Spread the word: Foundation grant applications due Sept. 29
  • Health workforce conference to focus on physician retention
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County to host keynote speaker for summit on poverty
  • Prevention and treatment focus of upcoming conference in Madison
  • Back to school: Is your college student covered?

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