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Medigram: August 17, 2017

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Society urges Wisconsin Supreme Court to restore cap on damages
The Wisconsin Medical Society filed a brief last Thursday supporting a request for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision striking down Wisconsin’s $750,000 cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases. Read more.

News Briefs

Society testifies on ‘Right to Try’ proposal
The Wisconsin Medical Society on Wednesday urged a state legislative committee to amend proposed legislation that would create a process for patients to access experimental drugs outside the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) research and approval process. Read more.

Medical Examining Board discusses tweak to Opioid Prescribing Guideline
The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) is proposing a small change to one part of its Opioid Prescribing Guideline. Read more.

Spread the word: Foundation grant applications due Sept. 29
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is now accepting grant applications online for projects aimed at improving health at the community or statewide level. More than $60,000 is available for 2018 grant awards, which may range from $500 to $10,000 each. Read more.

Health workforce conference to focus on physician retention
Wisconsin Medical Society member Heather Schmidt, DO, will lead a breakout session focusing on the Society’s Physician Experience Task Force and its efforts regarding physician burnout and retention Wednesday, Sept. 27 in Wisconsin Dells. Read more.

Medical Society of Milwaukee County to host keynote speaker for summit on poverty
The Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) is bringing author and researcher Kathryn J. Edin to Milwaukee for the Social Development Commission Summit on Poverty Sept. 6-7 at the Italian Conference Center. Read more.

Prevention and treatment focus of upcoming conference in Madison
“Advancing the Art and Science of Addiction Prevention and Treatment in Wisconsin” is the theme for this year’s Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine (WISAM) Conference, scheduled to take place Sept. 14-16 at the Pyle Center in Madison. Read more.

Back to school: Is your college student covered?
Besides stocking up on dorm essentials and school supplies if you have a son or daughter heading to college, it’s also a good time to review your insurance policies to make sure their personal possessions are adequately covered. Read more.