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Medigram: July 20, 2017

Top Story

Time is right to contact State Senate on chiropractor bill
If you haven’t already (or even if you have), now is the time for physicians to contact their Wisconsin State Senator on Assembly Bill 260, which would mandate that schools, technical colleges and the two-year University of Wisconsin colleges accept sports physicals performed by a chiropractor. Read more.

News Briefs

Federal update: Health care reform and the Quality Payment Program
The U.S. Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017 were derailed earlier this week when the Senate failed to garner enough votes to move forward with debate on the amended proposal. Read more.

Negotiations continue on worker’s comp
Despite a recent 8.46 percent reduction in rates the state charges businesses for their Worker’s Compensation (WC) insurance premiums (the largest reduction since 1995), some stakeholders are still calling for a WC fee schedule to help curb what one called “out of control” health care costs. Read more.

11 new HOPE bills signed into law
Governor Scott Walker signed into law on Monday 11 special session bills that are part of the Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education (H.O.P.E.) Agenda. The bills were recommended by the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse. Read more.

Society welcomes new staff
Interviews for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s CEO are scheduled for next month, and the Executive Search Committee hopes to have a new CEO in place this fall. Read more.

Health workforce focus of September WCMEW conference
The Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) is hosting a full-day conference addressing Wisconsin health workforce issues Wednesday, Sept. 27 in the Wisconsin Dells. Read more.

Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program now accepting Program Year 2017 applications
The Wisconsin Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is now accepting Program Year 2017 applications. Read more.