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Medigram: October 4, 2018

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Save the Date: Wisconsin Medical Society, medical schools team up to host conference April 5-7, 2019
The Wisconsin Medical Society, in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will host a two-day conference April 5-6, 2019 focused on emerging health care trends and preparing for summer. Read more.

News Briefs

Congress passes sweeping opioid legislation
A bill that aims to address the opioid crisis at the national level has overwhelmingly passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Read more.

Clearing up confusion: What and whom to charge for medical record copies
If you’re confused about what fees can be charged for copies of medical records and to whom, you’re not alone, in large part because different laws apply depending on the individual requesting copies, the type of record and the purpose of the request. Read more.

Resources available to assist with Stage 3 Meaningful Use
With the start of Program Year 2019 fast approaching, the Wisconsin Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program reminds participants that the acquisition and meaningful use of 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) are required for Program Year 2019 and beyond, as is attestation to a full calendar year of Clinical Quality Measures. Read more.

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

“We (physicians) engage in hard and often emotionally draining work which certainly has its rewards but frequently leaves us wondering if we have made the difference we had hoped to in our patients’ lives,” writes John J. Frey III, MD, in a piece published in the September/October 2018 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. “Our professional struggles are often with ourselves as much as with our patients. Professional isolation and loneliness only make it worse.”

Click here to read “Professional Loneliness and the Loss of the Doctors’ Dining Room.” In addition to serving as associate editor for the Annals, Dr. Frey is also medical editor of WMJ.