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Medigram: May 11, 2017

Top Story

Society begins search for physician CEO
The search for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s next chief executive officer is underway. Efforts are focused on a physician leader with Wisconsin roots who has the vision and business savvy to lead the Society into the future. Read more.

News Briefs

Joint Finance adds language clarifying ePDMP to state budget
The state legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) has unanimously proposed an amendment to the state budget clarifying prescribers’ ability to utilize agents in reviewing patient records in the Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP). Read more.

Déjà vu: Worker’s Comp fee schedule proposed again
As negotiations begin in earnest over potential changes to the state’s Worker’s Compensation (WC) laws, a renewed effort to impose a fee schedule for WC health care services was unveiled Tuesday at a Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) meeting in Madison. Read more.

Society further focuses efforts on mental and behavioral health
The Wisconsin Medical Society hosted the second meeting of a new mental and behavioral health work group last week to further focus efforts on three key areas: mitigating stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, improving patient access to care and developing the mental and behavioral health workforce. Read more.

Recent court decisions impact Wisconsin physicians
Two court decisions in the past two weeks share little in common—except that both will impact physicians and their practices. Read more.

House of Delegates actions now online
A summary of the actions taken by the House of Delegates (HOD) during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting last month is now available online. Read more.

Society’s Council on Legislation to meet May 19
The Society’s Council on Legislation will discuss a variety of issues at its May 19 meeting at Society headquarters in Madison. Read more.

Physicians, PAs eligible for credit through Society PI CME initiatives
Through a new interprofessional collaborative arrangement, physician assistants (PAs) may now earn performance improvement continuing medical education (PI CME) credit for participating in PI activities through the Wisconsin Medical Society or other American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program) Sponsor. Read more.

Chou recognized as outstanding mentor
Past Wisconsin Medical Society President Clarence Chou, MD, of Mequon recently was selected by the American Psychiatric Association Assembly Committee of Resident-Fellow Member Representatives to receive the 2017 Assembly Resident-Fellow Member (RFM) Mentor Award. Read more.