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2018 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 20, 2018

  • Governor signs Medicaid bill despite broad health care opposition
  • State 2019-2020 legislative biennium taking shape
  • Society urges flexibility in future CME/opioids requirements
  • WisMed OnCall: Wisconsin’s political environment and health care priorities in 2019
  • Feedback sought on perceptions of pharmacists as immunizers
  • Comment period open for board certification Vision Initiative report
  • Next Medical Records and the Law webinar to focus on mental health, substance abuse records
  • New Society discounts on Medjet memberships
  • Up to 5% of Medicare payments are at risk; MIPSwizard helps meet reporting requirements

December 13, 2018

  • Lame duck legislation awaits possible vetoes, approval
  • Help match the $10,000 challenge; donate by Dec. 31
  • Worker’s Comp administrator open to ‘separate agreed-to bills’
  • Changes in license renewal for DO physicians coming soon
  • Society’s Council on Legislation meets Friday
  • Still have 2018 CME funds to use or need CME credits? We can help!
  • Deadline nears for Society officer nominations

December 6, 2018

  • Health care groups raise concerns over lame duck agenda
  • Dec. 31 is deadline for Physician Citizen of the Year Award nominations
  • Free medication-assisted therapy waiver course available to clinicians
  • Tips to stay safe after a winter car accident

November 29, 2018

  • Society forum brings together physicians to focus on burnout ‘dilemma’
  • Webinar series on resiliency available free to Society members
  • WisMed On Call: Untangling the burnout dilemma
  • WisMed Assure receives 2018 Philanthropic Award from ProAssurance
  • Playing it safe when hosting a holiday party
  • Is your practice prepared for a data breach?
  • MetaStar to host Madison-based broadcast of IHI National Forum on Quality

November 15, 2018

  • WisMed OnCall: Earning the right to be ‘Partners for Life’
  • New WMJ online; volunteers sought to serve as reviewers
  • AMA adopts new policies on emerging public health topics during Interim Meeting
  • Medical Records and the Law webinar series continues with live and on-demand options
  • Governor proclaims November 15 Wisconsin Rural Health Day

November 8, 2018

  • Society’s Mental and Behavioral Task Force adopts strategies to address psychiatrist shortage
  • Wisconsin Medical Society Insurance and Financial Services rebrands as WisMed Assure
  • Election wrap-up focus of latest WisMed OnCall
  • Nominations open for 2019 Physician Citizen of the Year Award
  • HHS releases final Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program rules
  • Still time to RSVP for WisMed MeetUp
  • Resolutions for 2019 Annual Meeting due Feb. 1

November 1, 2018

  • Latest polls show major races are toss-ups
  • CMS approves Medicaid waiver for work requirements, issues new guidance on 1332 waivers
  • WisMed MeetUp offers peer-to-peer camaraderie and conversation
  • Report shows opioid prescribing continues to decline
  • DEA registrants target of extortion scam
  • New ‘Medical Records and the Law’ webinar series kicks off Nov. 7
  • Still time to register for Society’s leadership program

October 25, 2018

  • DHS receives grant to expand Child Psychiatry Consultation Program
  • Society launches updated ‘Medical Records and the Law’ webinar series Nov. 7
  • Milwaukee summit on opioid and meth abuse kicks off Drug Take Back Day events
  • Latest WisMed OnCall asks ‘Who’s vice president of your health care?’
  • Proposed rule would alter health reimbursement account regulations
  • 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit seeks speaker proposals

October 18, 2018

  • Inaugural CMO Summit brings together physician leaders for education, collaboration
  • MEB refers 7 PAs for investigation on opioid prescribing
  • Registration open for Society’s forum on physician well-being and resiliency
  • 16th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Update Nov. 9 in Madison

October 11, 2018

  • Latest Marquette poll shows races coming down to the wire
  • WisMed OnCall: Ramping up health care innovation
  • Nominees sought for Society offices; deadline Jan. 2
  • Four-part addiction medicine series concludes October 17

October 4, 2018

  • Save the Date: Wisconsin Medical Society, medical schools team up to host conference April 5-7, 2019
  • Congress passes sweeping opioid legislation
  • Clearing up confusion: What and whom to charge for medical record copies
  • Resources available to assist with Stage 3 Meaningful Use

September 27, 2018

  • Wisconsin Medical Society teams up with gener8tor to host inaugural OnRamp Healthcare conference
  • Society to host forum on physician well-being Nov. 28
  • Wisconsin remains in top 5 in national health care quality rankings
  • WisMed OnCall: Planning for and surviving workload challenges
  • Nominate a Superhero of Medicine
  • Gerkhardt joins Society’s advocacy and member relations team
  • WCMEW to host interdisciplinary workforce summit November 2

September 20, 2018

  • Legislative Committee on Direct Primary Care finishes its work
  • Physicians Foundation survey finds physicians pessimistic about the future
  • New election poll portends potential trouble for GOP
  • National advance care planning conference is October 23-26

September 13, 2018

  • Chumbley discusses burnout, elections as part of Wisconsin Health News panel
  • Council on Legislation to examine noncompete clauses in employment contracts
  • Foundation seeks nominees for Board of Trustees and committees
  • Society calls for changes to proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program rule

September 6, 2018

  • WMJ: Study explores disparities in breast cancer screening
  • Society kicks off political giving ‘race’
  • Registration now open for Society leadership program
  • AMA releases 2019 CPT code set

August 30, 2018

  • Society testifies on physician burnout
  • Know your obligation to report
  • WisMed OnCall: BSP Free Clinic providing specialty care to patients in need
  • Society joins AMA, others in opposing proposed change to E/M codes

August 23, 2018

  • New Society webinar focuses on alternatives to opioids for treating pain
  • Society submits letter in response to Stark Law request
  • Nominate a young physician
  • COBRA vs. state continuation laws – Are you compliant?

August 16, 2018

  • Primary elections create interesting general election matchups
  • MEB opens 7 cases based on PDMP data
  • Spread the word: Foundation grant applications due Sept. 28
  • September workshop includes ASAM’s Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course

August 9, 2018

  • State primary elections August 14: Get out and vote!
  • State grant will make Treffert charter school possible
  • WCMEW to host workforce summit in November
  • Check for property damage after a storm, know what insurance covers

August 2, 2018

  • DHS confirms first Wisconsin death linked to ‘fake weed’
  • New report shows continued progress in opioid abuse fight
  • Society weighs in on Title X funding
  • State’s reinsurance waiver approved by CMS
  • CMS issues final rule on Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance plans
  • Registration open for free Obesity Treatment Summit October 12

July 26, 2018

  • Legislative study committee examines Direct Primary Care
  • Society’s CME program awarded Accreditation with Commendation
  • Stark law under review
  • Reviewers sought for WMJ
  • September workshop includes ASAM’s Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course

July 19, 2018

  • Primary care physician shortage projected to reach 14 percent
  • WisMed OnCall: One physician’s solution to preventing burnout
  • National advance care planning conference set for October

July 12, 2018

  • Worker’s Comp Rates decrease for third straight year
  • Breast density notification law resources available in latest WMJ
  • Synthetic cannabinoid outbreak focus of Friday DHS webinar
  • October conference to focus on pediatric mental health
  • Registration open for Surgical Site Infection Summit

June 28, 2018

  • State Supreme Court restores cap on damages
  • Impact of Mayo decision focus of new WisMed OnCall
  • Wisconsin Medicare beneficiaries receiving new cards
  • Schwartzstein receives Presidential Citation
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons honors Madison physician

June 21, 2018

  • Dept. of Labor issues final rule on association health plans
  • Appellate court dismisses challenge to law punishing addiction
  • Physicians vie for office in upcoming elections
  • Society members named ‘most influential’ physician leaders

June 14, 2018

  • Miller re-elected to Council during AMA Annual Meeting; new video features Society past president
  • Physicians sought to facilitate community education program
  • WisMed OnCall features fall election preview

June 7, 2018

  • Increased PDMP use highlights progress in fight against opioid epidemic
  • Science Festival offers county medical societies opportunity for community involvement
  • Team opening: help us find the best fit
  • Nominations sought for ‘top nurses’

May 31, 2018

  • 2018 Physician Citizen of the Year working to increase awareness, assist victims of sex trafficking
  • Dr Chumbley answers the call for free clinic seeking volunteers
  • Newsmakers: Society member appointed to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
  • Four-part addiction medicine webinar series begins in June
  • WCHQ statewide quality improvement event June 19

May 24, 2018

  • Medical Society Milwaukee Foundation donates over $21,000 to hunger relief
  • Expanded public service loan forgiveness opportunity available for limited time
  • Energy and Commerce committee considers 57 opioid bills
  • Society’s mental health priorities the focus of podcast, Facebook Live

May 17, 2018

  • Report highlights decline in opioids dispensed in Wisconsin
  • WisMed OnCall, Facebook Live focus on expanding access to mental health care
  • Society’s Council on Legislation to examine firearms policy
  • Physicians needed for state Worker’s Comp committee
  • Still time to register for May 30 opioid treatment course

May 10, 2018

  • Westlake promotes Wisconsin fentanyl fight in Congress
  • OCR: EHR vendors can’t hold patients’ records hostage
  • Mayo announces expansion of psychiatry residency program
  • Show us how much you like us!
  • Society task forces focus on legislative initiatives

May 3, 2018

  • WisMed OnCall focuses on progress in opioid crisis
  • Foundation’s White Coat Campaign is underway
  • New Society education focuses on 3 timely topics
  • 2018 House of Delegates actions now online

April 26, 2018

  • Wall Street Journal editorial cites Society’s concerns over proposed rule
  • Physicians exceed PAC challenge
  • DEA warns of extortion scam
  • CDC names Society member 2018 Childhood Immunization Champion; DHS recognizes ‘BigShots’
  • Society weighs in on two policy issues
  • Flooding is common, insurance covering the damage is not

April 19, 2018

  • Rolli, Morris become Society’s president and president-elect
  • Society-supported legislation signed into law
  • Supreme Court hears arguments on cap on damages
  • Physicians honored at Society Annual Meeting
  • Foundation presents awards at annual fundraiser
  • New WisMed OnCall features interview with David Sheff
  • Apply to participate in CMS study to receive Improvement Activity credit for 2018
  • Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday

April 12, 2018

  • This weekend’s Annual Meeting to feature CME, town hall and awards
  • Society submits comments in support of state reinsurance proposal
  • Society meets with Rep. Grothman on association health plan rule
  • Statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 28

April 5, 2018

  • DHS Alert: Be prepared for complications from synthetic cannabinoids
  • Healthcare Decisions Week is April 15-21
  • Michigan patient’s negligent misdiagnosis claim untimely in Wisconsin, Court rules
  • Annual Meeting to feature CME, town hall and awards
  • Foundation speaker to participate in Q and A at Madison Public Library
  • Opioid Task Force elects new chair

March 29, 2018

  • School Safety law includes reporting requirement
  • Society members testify on 1332 waiver proposal
  • Special legislative wrap-up episode of WisMed OnCall available now
  • Reference Committee reports online April 2
  • Vision Initiative survey seeks physician input on board certification
  • Nominations open for leadership roles in Young Physician and Resident Fellow Sections
  • Get out and vote: Supreme Court election is April 3

March 22, 2018

  • IPFCF board votes to decrease fees 10 percent
  • Reminder: Reference Committees are this Saturday, March 24
  • State Legislature nears finish line for biennium
  • Washington, DC, update: Deadline looms for Congress; association health plan efforts shift focus
  • MEB amends opioid Rx guideline to include HHS HIPAA guidance
  • Podcast, CME focus on reducing stigma by increasing compassion resilience
  • Still time to submit photos for chance to win

March 15, 2018

  • OCI holds public hearings on state’s reinsurance plan
  • Foundation event will honor physician leaders; register today
  • State Supreme Court election April 3
  • Got photos? Submit them by March 23 for a chance to win
  • Register today for Reference Committees, Annual Meeting CME
  • Save the date: Next Doctor Day is May 1, 2019

March 8, 2018

  • Members urged to contact state senators on SB 806 ASAP
  • Society’s Halverson attends Capitol bill signing
  • New WisMed OnCall focuses on significance of Mayo vs IPFCF
  • March 24 Reference Committees offer options to participate
  • MIPS deadline is March 16; resources still available to assist
  • Bellin Health/AMA to sponsor training camp

March 1, 2018

  • Annual Meeting CME to focus on stigma, registration now open
  • Physician advocacy efforts successfully resolve Anthem reimbursement issue
  • WMJ study: methods of suicide, self-inflicted injuries differ between sexes
  • Got photos? Submit them for a chance to win
  • Free webinar for residents focuses on once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect income
  • Darold Treffert, MD receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  • MIPSwizard available to streamline reporting process

February 22, 2018

  • Chiro bill amended to remove sports physicals mandate; other bills advance at end of session flurry
  • WisMed OnCall episode 2 online now
  • Time to gear up for the 2018 elections
  • Friday Facebook Live will feature tips for protecting your future
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County awards dinner March
  • Registration open for May 18-19 obesity management course

February 15, 2018

  • Society testifies against Worker’s Comp fee schedule bill
  • Medicare reimbursement disparity, Association Health Plan rule focus of Capitol Hill meetings
  • Society testifies in support of Association Health Plan proposal
  • Resolutions for 2018 House of Delegates now available online
  • Council on Legislation meeting tomorrow in Madison
  • AMA webinar aims to help practices prep for new Medicare card
  • Registration open for May 30 opioid treatment course
  • WPA to host annual conference March 8-10

February 8, 2018

  • Society launches new podcast: ‘WisMed OnCall’
  • Health Committee to amend chiro/sports physicals bill
  • Society supports latest HOPE Agenda bill; requests amendment on CME requirement
  • Society seeks legislative sponsors for bill to create advance directive registry
  • Supreme Court sets date to hear arguments on cap on damages
  • Nominees for Society offices announced
  • Is your Valentine gift insured?

February 1, 2018

  • Doctor Day 2018 draws record crowd
  • February promises lots of legislative activity
  • Society Board approves Health System Improvement Objectives 2.0
  • MIPSwizard available to streamline reporting process

January 25, 2018

  • CHIP funded for six years; Congressional action still needed on other priorities
  • Gov. Walker unveils Health Care Stability Plan
  • Society shares expertise on State Legislature proposals
  • Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse releases recommendations
  • Resolutions for 2018 House of Delegates due Feb. 1

January 18, 2018

  • Society urges Wisconsin Supreme Court to restore cap on damages
  • Still time to register for Doctor Day
  • Medical Examining Board elects leaders for 2018
  • Attention students! Applications for scholarships, fellowships due Feb. 1
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee Awards Dinner to benefit Hunger Task Force

January 11, 2018

  • New study: physicians bring economic health to Wisconsin
  • Get to know candidates for Society offices
  • Society Annual Meeting prep underway; volunteers sought for reference committees
  • Society working to address Anthem pay cut for same-day services
  • Year-end wrap-up, 2018 preview focus of Facebook Live event
  • Nominations for WISMedPAC Board of Directors due Jan. 19

January 4, 2018

  • Business lobby turns up heat on Worker’s Comp fee schedule; physicians urged to contact legislators
  • WMJ reports look at hunting tree stand safety, changing face of hospital medicine
  • Check us out on Instagram
  • Deadlines loom for Congress in new year
  • DHS announces grants to fund addiction treatment
  • Doctor Day 2018 is Jan 30; have you registered?
  • Resolutions for 2018 Annual Meeting due Feb 1; Reference Committees set for March 24