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Medigram: December 6, 2018

Top Story

Health care groups raise concerns over lame duck agenda
Concerned about the potential consequences of a broad, complex bill affecting the state’s Medicaid program, the Wisconsin Medical Society joined more than two dozen health care groups in a letter opposing Senate Bill 886/Assembly Bill 1072. Read more.

News Briefs

Dec. 31 is deadline for Physician Citizen of the Year Award nominations
Nominations for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2019 Physician Citizen of the Year Award are due Dec. 31. Read more.

Free medication-assisted therapy waiver course available to clinicians
Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) has developed a new eight-hour medication assisted treatment (MAT) waiver training for physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants. Read more.

Tips to stay safe after a winter car accident
Like it or not, the winter driving season is here. And while people know how to try to avoid an accident when the roads are snowy and icy, many don’t know what to do after one. Read more.

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

Hospital closings are rising, particularly in rural communities. Since 2010, nearly 90 rural hospitals have shut their doors, and hundreds of other are at risk of doing so, leaving many people more than 20 miles from the closest hospital and without obstetric or emergency care.

Many closings are associated with the states’ decisions not to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, according to an article in The New York Times titled “A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing.” Beyond the potential health consequences for the people living nearby, hospital closings also take an economic toll on the community. Read the full article here.