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Medigram: June 22, 2017

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Assembly passes chiropractic/sports physicals bill
Despite vigorous opposition from physicians around the state, the Wisconsin State Assembly, after a session day filled with procedural gymnastics, approved Assembly Bill 260 late Wednesday night on a voice vote. Read more.

News Briefs

Senate health care bill released today; vote expected next week
Early this morning, Senate Republicans released a “discussion draft” of HR 1628, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Read more.

Save the date: Doctor Day 2018
Building off record attendance at Doctor Day 2017, the Wisconsin Medical Society and its partners are hoping to once again draw more than 400 physicians to the State Capitol Tuesday, Jan. 30, for Doctor Day 2018. Read more.

Worker’s Comp Committee adds opioid proposals to negotiations
The Labor and Management sides of the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) met this week to discuss opioid-related issues that could be included in negotiations over potential changes to the state’s Worker’s Compensation laws and administrative code. Read more.

CMS proposes updates to Quality Payment Program to increase flexibility, reduce burdens
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on Tuesday that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Read more.

Free MACRA QPP physician education resources available
The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) and the American Medical Association (AMA) each have developed educational resources to help physician practices succeed under the Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), which was enacted as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. Read more.

AMA adopts five polices introduced by Wisconsin delegation
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual meeting concluded last week following the election of new officers and other leaders, and the adoption of several new policies on key health care issues, including five resolutions introduced by the Wisconsin delegation. Read more.