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Medigram: March 22, 2018

Top Story

IPFCF board votes to decrease fees 10 percent
The Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (IPFCF) board of directors approved a 10 percent decrease in fund fees for the 2018-2019 fiscal year on Wednesday. Read more.

News Briefs

Reminder: Reference Committees are this Saturday, March 24
There is still time to register and participate in Reference Committee hearings this Saturday, March 24. Read more.

State Legislature nears finish line for biennium
The State Legislature will likely finish its regular business this week for the 2017-2018 biennium, with the State Senate having met Tuesday and the State Assembly meeting today in Madison. Read more.

Washington, DC, update: Deadline looms for Congress; association health plan efforts shift focus
Following a short-term fix in January, Congress faces another critical budget deadline that will have both spending and policy implications for health care. Read more.

MEB amends opioid Rx guideline to include HHS HIPAA guidance
The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) has added language to its Opioid Prescribing Guideline clarifying when physicians may share health care information without a patient’s permission. Read more.

Podcast, CME focus on reducing stigma by increasing compassion resilience
The latest episode of WisMed OnCall—the Wisconsin Medical Society’s biweekly podcast—takes a brief look at “Increasing Compassion Resilience,” the focus of an upcoming continuing medical education program being offered during the Society’s Annual Meeting Saturday, April 14. Read more.

Still time to submit photos for chance to win
The deadline to submit photos for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s photo contest has been extended to Wednesday, March 28. Read more.