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Medigram: August 16, 2018

Top Story

Primary elections create interesting general election matchups
Tuesday’s primary elections finalized who will face off in contested races this November, including two closely watched races: the Democratic primary for governor and the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Read more.

News Briefs

MEB opens 7 cases based on PDMP data
For the first time, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) has opened cases based on data received from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Read more.

Spread the word: Foundation grant applications due Sept. 28
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 $80,000 is available for 2019 grant awards, which may range from $500 to $10,000 each. Read more.

September workshop includes ASAM’s Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course
Clinicians who see patients with substance use disorder are invited to participate in a day of clinical workshops being offered by the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine. Read more.


Recommended by Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA

“Shopping for health care doesn’t work. So what might?” That’s both the question asked and title of a recent article in The New York Times.

In theory, consumers with high deductibles can reduce their health care costs by shopping for less expensive screening and treatment options. But as this article by Austin Frakt points out, “that theory doesn’t fully mesh with reality.” Frakt reports on recent research exploring why consumers don’t shop for care and discusses what might work instead. Click here to read more.