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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.

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