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Medigram: August 1, 2019

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Introducing WisMed Voice – elevating the physician voice in advocacy
The Wisconsin Medical Society is excited to launch WisMed Voice, a new digital advocacy tool to connect physicians with their lawmakers. Read more.

News Briefs

Weigh in now on surprise billing proposals with WisMed Voice
Thanks to the medical community, the US Congress has been hearing concerns about the best path forward to protect patients and physicians in resolving out-of-network payments. Read more.

Society and physician groups hear from Department of Health Services leaders
On July 30th, the Society and other physician groups participated in a phone call regarding physician issues in the budget with Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm, Medicaid Director Jim Jones, Budget Director Andy Forsyth and Legislative Director Lisa Olson. Read more.

Medical students seeking survey participants
Medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin Green Bay created a survey to identify gender bias that physicians in Wisconsin may experience. Read more.

Society advocates for evidence-based vaccines at DHS hearing
This past Friday the Society supported the Department of Health Services’ (DHS) proposed changes to its student immunization regulations at a public hearing in Madison. Read more.

CMS releases proposed updates for 2020 Physician Fee Schedule
Earlier this week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2020 update for the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). Read more.

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

Children can experience the effects of racism from others, through the places they live and learn, through access to economic opportunity and through how their rights are enforced or exercised. Research has found that racism negatively impacts children’s mental and physical health. Not only is personally experiencing racism damaging, witnessing racism can be harmful.

Health professionals can help to mitigate some of the impacts of racism on children and teens by creating welcoming, culturally competent medical practices, advocating for policies that advance social justice and engaging leaders in their communities to reduce health disparities, as outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics press release and further detailed in their article.