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2019 Archive

Delivered each Thursday, Medigram is the Wisconsin Medical Society’s electronic newsletter with timely news, upcoming events, answers to frequently asked questions and all the information you need to know to make your practice run more efficiently.

Click on the dates below to access articles in that issue.

December 19, 2019

  • WisMed Members connect with legislators at political fundraisers
  • Let your legislators know how their work impacts the practice of medicine
  • Member Spotlight – Goldrosen appointed to Governor’s Task Force on Reducing Prescription Drug Prices
  • Second round of governance modernization meetings scheduled
  • Keeping Wisconsin Safe: Why it’s the best place to practice medicine

December 12, 2019

  • CME conference to focus on adolescent mental and behavioral health
  • A healthy Wisconsin starts with you! Help fund health initiatives
  • Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council reaches agreement on draft bill
  • Deadline nears for Society officer nominations
  • Keeping Wisconsin Safe: Why it’s the best place to practice medicine

December 5, 2019

  • Are you registered for Doctor Day 2020?
  • Society excited to launch WisMed Community – members-only online community
  • WISMedPAC/DIRECT push a success!
  • Second round of governance modernization meetings scheduled
  • Physician Citizen of the Year Award nominations due December 31
  • Resolutions for 2020 Annual Meeting due Feb. 3; Reference Committees set for March
  • Council on Legislation meets Friday

November 21, 2019

  • Clarke shares health care concerns with State Senate President
  • CME Conference keynote to focus on trauma-informed care
  • History repeats itself: medical liability insurance premiums on the rise
  • Medical students seeking additional survey participants

November 14, 2019

  • Legislature fall session wrap-up
  • CME Conference to focus on adolescents, young adults and trauma-informed care
  • Investors Associated, LLP, sponsors Fall Well-being & Empowerment Forum

November 7, 2019

  • GO PAC GO!
  • Investors Associated, LLP, Sponsors Fall Well-Being & Empowerment Forum
  • Resolutions for 2020 Annual Meeting due Feb. 3

October 31, 2019

  • Westlake testifies against AB526
  • Registration open for Society’s annual meeting education conference
  • National Academy of Medicine burnout report

October 24, 2019

  • Gundersen shares Society priorities with Senator Testin
  • Fall Well-being and Empowerment Forum – still time to register
  • Physicians and medical students promote medical careers and healthy living

October 17, 2019

  • Society testifies on persistent vegetative state at Assembly Committee on Health
  • Nominate a young physician, superhero of medicine or champion of veterans’ health
  • Your chance to own a Bohrod painting or other artwork
  • Governance modernization work continues

October 10, 2019

  • Be heard – physicians needed to weigh in on PA bill
  • Highlights from the WisPolitics Midwest Polling Summit
  • Nominees sought for Society offices; deadline January 2
  • Nominations open for 2020 Physician Citizen of the Year Award
  • Executive Order aims to improve Medicare

October 3, 2019

  • Society urges action on bills designed to reduce youth vaping, tobacco, nicotine use
  • Physician volunteers needed for science fest
  • Lawsuit against ABIM dismissed
  • Medical students seeking additional survey participants
  • Check your coverage via IPFCF website

September 26, 2019

  • Society members meet with Attorney General’s office to discuss emergency commitments
  • Health care dominates Evers luncheon
  • Two UW doctors honored as Patient Care Heroes by the American Academy of Dermatology
  • Be safe while driving at night

September 19, 2019

  • Physicians meet with local legislators
  • Foundation community health grant applications due September 27
  • Wang named MetaStar CEO
  • Doctor Day co-founder Eric Jensen has passed away

September 12, 2019

  • Future physician advocates on behalf of Wisconsin kids
  • Two congressmen resign – a physician is considering a run
  • Reminder – Society governance modernization meetings scheduled for your area
  • Waukesha County Medical Society Annual Town Hall
  • Addiction medicine conference focuses on partnerships

August 29, 2019

  • Doctor Day 2020 is Jan 29; have you registered?
  • Inspire medical careers at the Wisconsin Science Festival
  • 2019 WCMEW Summit: Workforce Innovations for Now and Into the Future
  • Reminder – Society governance modernization meetings scheduled for your area
  • CMO Summit registration full
  • MetaStar CEO Simmons to retire after 33 years
  • Registration open for Annual Update in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

August 22, 2019

  • Members met with Congressional reps to discuss surprise billing
  • White coat pride
  • Wisconsin Psychiatric Association to host fall conference
  • Join your colleagues at the Fall Well-being and Empowerment Forum
  • Physicians helping patients outside of the clinic

August 15, 2019

  • Society calls on CMS to reduce administrative burden
  • New WisMed OnCall features UW surgeon and author
  • Anthem issues audit update
  • MSMC to host Housing as Health

August 8, 2019

  • Severe bleeding following synthetic cannabinoid use
  • New space for WisMed Assure!
  • Roger Kapoor, MD, promoted to Senior Vice President, Beloit Health System
  • Medical College of Wisconsin to host ethics conference

August 1, 2019

  • Introducing WisMed Voice – elevating the physician voice in advocacy
  • Weigh in now on surprise billing proposals with WisMed Voice
  • Society and physician groups hear from Department of Health Services leaders
  • Medical students seeking survey participants
  • Society advocates for evidence-based vaccines at DHS hearing
  • CMS releases proposed updates for 2020 Physician Fee Schedule

July 25, 2019

  • Nisha Mehta, MD, to keynote Society’s Fall Well-Being and Empowerment Forum
  • Reminder – Society governance in-person meetings scheduled for your area
  • DHS investigating correlation between vaping and pulmonary disease
  • Grapentine to draw more than 16 years at Society to a close
  • Obesity Management Summit this fall

July 18, 2019

  • Society continues work to improve Medicaid reimbursement structure
  • Announcing annual meeting CME conference
  • In-Person Society policymaking input meetings scheduled
  • CME compliance audit prompts State Medical Board concerns
  • DHS listening session lays groundwork for revisions

July 11, 2019

  • This week’s state government update
  • Governor signs Society-supported Step Therapy Reform Law
  • CMS releases MIPS updates

June 27, 2019

  • Congressional action on surprise billing, GME, geographic disparity
  • Legislature completes state budget work; Gov. Evers requests immediate delivery
  • Registration is open for Doctor Day 2020!
  • Society submits comments on 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule
  • Work Comp “agreed-to bill” negotiations continue

Medigram Alert:

  • State budget signed; vetoes affect physician reimbursement proposal
    (published July 3, 2019)

June 20, 2019

  • Society supports Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act
  • Inaugural OnRamp Healthcare Conference draws over 500 attendees
  • Medical Examining Board approves opioid CME requirement for 2020-2021 cycle
  • Health care praises yet another Worker’s Comp business cost reduction
  • Society comments influence Health Reimbursement Account changes
  • State Assembly approves step therapy bill, sends to governor

June 13, 2019

  • Finance finishes work on state budget; bill now proceeds to full legislature
  • Registration open for Innovative Leadership: Leading Healthy Work Systems
  • Staying safe in a flood
  • Wisconsin Cancer Council hosts feedback session on 2020-2030 plan

June 6, 2019

  • Proposed governance changes; member input requested!
  • Society priorities advance in State Budget Committee action
  • State Senate approves Society-supported bills
  • Members highlighted at Friday event in LaCrosse: Closing the rural-urban health care gap
  • Society calls for reduced burden due to EHRs
  • Society asks Congress to address narrow networks, costs and transparency

May 30, 2019

  • State Capitol Update; Worker’s comp, state budget
  • It’s time to participate in the White Coat Campaign!
  • Society reviewing bill granting advance directive powers to PAs, nurses
  • Foundation survey seeks physician input on funding priorities
  • Group Insurance Board approves coverage of bariatric services
  • CME opportunity: Understanding HPV and Oral Cancer

May 23, 2019

  • Physician action needed to help increase access to care
  • Society Member presents testimony for Speakers Task Force on Suicide Prevention
  • Society looks to partner with Attorney General, Department of Justice to stem opioid epidemic
  • OnRamp Healthcare Conference aims to include physicians in healthtech conversation
  • Labor, Management Trade Work Comp Proposals
  • Registration open for Society’s leadership program

May 16, 2019

  • Physicians continue to lead on vaccinations–capitol calls needed!
  • New WisMed OnCall features VP and CMO of NeuGen Tim Bartholow, MD
  • Finance Committee approves ePDMP provisions in state budget
  • Seminar on substance abuse hosted by UW Population Health Institute
  • Society team restructures to increase member engagement and advocacy
  • Congratulations class of 2019

May 9, 2019

  • Capitol Update: Joint Finance begins Executive Sessions; Committees hold hearings on abortion bills
  • 2019 White Coat Campaign underway
  • HHS releases final conscience rule
  • New rule requires Pharma ads on TV to include price
  • Regular review key to strong cybersecurity; WisMed Assure can help
  • DHS, WISAM offer free buprenorphine X-waiver training series

May 2, 2019

  • More than 300 physicians, medical students participate in Doctor Day 2019 at State Capitol
  • Society-supported school vaccines bill introduced
  • New issue of WMJ now online
  • New WISMED OnCall – The Periscope Project, Bridging Care
  • Medical Records and the Law complete series on-demand

April 25, 2019

  • Last chance: Register now for Doctor Day 2019
  • CMS introduces new value-based payment models for primary care
  • CMS finalizes 2020 ACA payment rule
  • New resilience webinar available on-demand
  • Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday

April 18, 2019

  • Doctor Day less than two weeks away, still time to register
  • Capitol Report: Society weighs in on step therapy, vaccination bills
  • 2019 House of Delegates actions now online
  • Statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27

April 11, 2019

  • Morris, Gundersen become Society president and president-elect
  • 2019 House of Delegates crafts new policies; potential restructuring
  • Physicians honored during Annual Meeting awards ceremony
  • Foundation presents awards at annual fundraiser
  • Special member pricing available for opioid CME
  • Lange seeks seat on AMA Senior Physicians Section Governing Council

April 4, 2019

  • Society conference, Annual Meeting kick off tomorrow
  • Society submits comments on pain management recommendations
  • IPFCF fees unchanged for 2019-2020
  • OnRamp Healthcare speaker deadline is April 19; registration now open
  • Miller honored by ASAM
  • Flaherty retires from WPS Health Solutions Board

March 28, 2019

  • Gov. Evers to keynote Doctor Day 2019
  • Three new WMJ articles published online ahead of print
  • Supreme Court election is April 2: Get out and vote
  • Society’s Annual Meeting kicks off next Friday; Reference Committee reports available online
  • Annual Meeting conference day 2 to focus on environmental health, keynote on artificial intelligence

March 21, 2019

  • Did you see Dr Chumbley’s email?
  • Reference Committees this Saturday in Madison; also available online
  • Annual Meeting conference day 2 focuses on trauma
  • Nominations for YPS, RFS leadership due March 25
  • Free resilience webinars available on demand
  • Reminder from DHS: End of program year 2018 is fast approaching

March 14, 2019

  • Interstate Medical Licensure Compact update garners strong Society support
  • Supreme Court election April 2
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County makes landmark donation
  • Worker’s Comp Advisory Committee readying proposals
  • Annual Meeting conference Day 1 features alternative to opioid prescribing and emerging trends in infectious disease
  • Still time to register for Foundation’s ‘Comedy Crash Cart’
  • Final Medical Records and the Law webinar March 19
  • Free webinar reminder: Avoiding peer-to-peer calls

March 7, 2019

  • Annual Meeting 2019: Plan your weekend now
  • New WisMed OnCall: Getting to ‘Yes’ on the biennial state budget
  • Nominations for YPS, RFS leadership due March 22
  • Still time to register for free webinar: How to avoid peer-to-peer calls
  • Tips for insuring a vacation home

February 28, 2019

  • WMJ launches ‘new online’ feature as part of partnership between Society, medical schools
  • Society President meets with Gov. Evers’ administration
  • HHS releases final rule on Title X funding
  • Registration open for Reference Committees; Annual Meeting hotel deadline is March 5
  • Council on Legislation to tackle wide variety of proposals
  • MIPS reporting deadline is here

February 21, 2019

  • Medical schools partner with Society to prep health care teams for summer
  • WisMed OnCall features MEB chair Ken Simons, MD
  • Society weighs in on proposed changes to ACA payment rules
  • District caucus meetings kick off next week
  • February resilience webinar available online
  • Deadline for Champion of Veterans’ Health nominations extended to Feb. 27

February 14, 2019

  • Society, WISAM voice concerns over DOJ letter to prescribers
  • IBM Watson VP to keynote Annual Meeting conference
  • Society members, staff meet with lawmakers in Washington, DC
  • Resolutions for 2019 House of Delegates now available online
  • In memoriam: Gregory Shove, MD

February 7, 2019

  • Society’s Annual Meeting conference registration now open
  • Nominees for Society offices announced; District caucuses scheduled
  • WisMed OnCall: Physician entrepreneurs aim to reduce burnout with AI
  • Society offers free webinar: How to avoid peer to peer calls
  • Society members named ‘Champions in Women’s Health’
  • Doctor Day organizers hoping for record turnout
  • MIPS reporting deadline looms; MIPSwizard can help

January 31, 2019

  • WMJ report spotlights burnout among Wisconsin physicians, outlines Society priorities
  • Champion of Veterans’ Health nominations due February 17
  • Society calls for changes to lower out-of-pocket prescription costs
  • 2019-2020 WISMedPAC Board appointed
  • Free Buprenorphine X-waiver training series available through DHS, WISAM
  • Waukesha CMS to host Politics and Policy: A State Advocacy Update on March 7

January 24, 2019

  • Society, AMA file amicus brief urging state Supreme Court to consider illegal guns sales a public health emergency
  • Still time to register for WisMed MeetUp
  • Operation: Education connects physicians and medical students
  • Feb. 7 webinar focuses on rules about minors, incompetent patients
  • Reminder: Time running out to submit resolutions for 2019 House of Delegates
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County to honor award winners March 9

January 17, 2019

  • First offense OWI bill looking for legislative sponsors
  • Medical Examining Board modifies Opioid Prescribing Guideline
  • Deadline to apply for student scholarships, fellowships Feb. 1
  • WisMed OnCall: Avoiding peer-to-peer calls to reduce burnout
  • Get to know candidates for Society offices
  • MIPSwizard helps meet reporting requirements, avoid penalties
  • Society member’s book aims to help patients with chronic pain

January 10, 2019

  • Society plans to sell headquarters to city for park expansion
  • Is ‘medical’ marijuana a legislative priority this session?
  • Plans shaping up for expanded Annual Meeting and conference
  • First Workforce Resilience webinar draws 500 registrants
  • WisMed Assure supports Doctors in Recital, students at MCW-Green Bay
  • Next WisMed MeetUp is Jan. 31 in Oshkosh

January 3, 2019

  • Governor-elect Evers announces additional cabinet appointments
  • First resiliency webinar Jan. 8; still time to register for free series
  • Next WisMed MeetUp is Jan. 31 in Oshkosh
  • Resolutions for 2019 Annual Meeting due Feb. 1; Reference Committees set for March 23
  • Nominations for WISMedPAC Board of Directors due Jan. 18
  • Reminder: Next Medical Records and the Law webinar is Jan. 15
  • Up to 5% of Medicare payments are at risk; MIPSwizard helps meet reporting requirements