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Medigram: December 20, 2018

Editor’s Note: Wisconsin Medical Society offices will be closed December 24-25 and December 31-January 1 for the holidays. The next issue of Medigram will go out on Thursday, Jan. 3. We thank you for your membership and wish you a safe and happy holiday.

Top Story

Governor signs Medicaid bill despite broad health care opposition
Although more than 30 different health care organizations voiced opposition to Senate Bill 886, the lame duck bill affecting Wisconsin’s Medicaid program, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law the bill as a whole last Friday in Green Bay. Read more.

News Briefs

State 2019-2020 legislative biennium taking shape
As the calendar nears the beginning of the 2019-2020 state biennium with inaugurations on January 7, 2019, expect a slew of news from Governor-elect Tony Evers’ transition team and state legislative leaders regarding cabinet secretaries and legislative committee rosters. Read more.

Society urges flexibility in future CME/opioids requirements
The Wisconsin Medical Society has urged the state’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) to be flexible when approving courses related to opioid prescribing so that more physicians can receive useful education befitting their particular specialties. Read more.

WisMed OnCall: Wisconsin’s political environment and health care priorities in 2019
November’s election results sealed the deal for a Democratic governor and Republican Senate and Assembly for the next legislative biennium, but what does that mean for health care legislation in Wisconsin? Read more.

Feedback sought on perceptions of pharmacists as immunizers
The Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) is asking physicians and other health care professionals to complete a five-minute online survey as part of a special effort to assess attitudes around immunization access expansion in Wisconsin. Read more.

Comment period open for board certification Vision Initiative report
The Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission (Commission) has released its draft report for public comment. Read more.

Next Medical Records and the Law webinar to focus on mental health, substance abuse records
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s popular Medical Records and the Law webinar series will resume with “Mental Health and Substance Abuse Records: Putting Together the Puzzle” on Tuesday, January 15 at 2 p.m. Read more.

New Society discounts on Medjet memberships
Over 10 million travelers are hospitalized abroad each year, millions more while traveling domestically. And, as recent news illustrates, safety while traveling has become a concern. Read more.

Up to 5% of Medicare payments are at risk; MIPSwizard helps meet reporting requirements
With 2018 winding down, the reporting deadline for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) portion of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program is only a few months away. Read more.