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Medigram: November 1, 2018

Top Story

Latest polls show major races are toss-ups
The latest Marquette University Law School poll shows tossups in two statewide elections next Tuesday: Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers are tied among likely voters at 47 percent, while incumbent Attorney General Brad Schimel’s race with challenger Josh Kaul is a statistical dead heat. Read more.

News Briefs

CMS approves Medicaid waiver for work requirements, issues new guidance on 1332 waivers
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced yesterday its approval for Wisconsin’s 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver. Read more.

WisMed MeetUp offers peer-to-peer camaraderie and conversation
The Wisconsin Medical Society understands that a physician’s life during and after training can be challenging and having a supportive group of peers and colleagues can lessen that stress. Read more.

Report shows opioid prescribing continues to decline
Wisconsin has seen a 32% decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed since January 2015, according to a report released this week by the Controlled Substances Board at the state’s Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). Read more.

DEA registrants target of extortion scam
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is cautioning physicians to be aware of a scam targeting DEA registrants. Read more.

New ‘Medical Records and the Law’ webinar series kicks
off Nov. 7

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s popular Medical Records and the Law seminar is back—as a new webinar series, available live and on-demand. Read more.

Still time to register for Society’s leadership program
Registration is underway for the winter session of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s “Leading Healthy Work Systems” program. Read more.

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

“Simply appointing a doctor to fill a leadership post isn’t enough. It’s essential that administrators, including the C-suite, understand what they need to let go of in order to gain empowered doctor leadership,” said Mary Jane Kornacki, MS, in the NEJM Catalyst article, Three Starting Points for Physician Leadership.

Physician leadership is critical for hospitals, health systems, and physician organizations, yet most of these organizations were not originally structured as physician-led. Physician-led health systems typically provide higher quality care for less cost where other systems struggle to foster effective physician leadership. In this article, Kornacki explores three major issues organizations and physicians need to address for physicians to be effective organizational leaders. Read more here.