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Medigram: January 17, 2019

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First offense OWI bill looking for legislative sponsors
A bill to increase the penalty for a first offense drunk driving from a civil fine to a criminal misdemeanor is currently circulating in the state legislature for cosponsors.
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News Briefs

Medical Examining Board modifies Opioid Prescribing Guideline
The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board modified the Opioid Prescribing Guideline at its monthly meeting in Madison on Wednesday.
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Deadline to apply for student scholarships, fellowships Feb. 1
Medical students are encouraged to check out opportunities for scholarships and summer fellowships through the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.
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WisMed OnCall: Avoiding peer-to-peer calls to reduce burnout
Affecting nearly every physician specialty, peer-to-peer calls last an average of 10 to 15 minutes each. While these calls are necessary for overturning studies denied by insurance companies, the administrative burden put on physicians is significant.
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Get to know candidates for Society offices
Candidate materials from physicians seeking nominations for the positions of President-Elect, Speaker and Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates and American Medical Association Delegates and Alternates are now available online.
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MIPSwizard helps meet reporting requirements, avoid penalties
The reporting deadline for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) portion of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program is only a few months away, and eligible clinicians who don’t report measures by the March 1 deadline will face a 5% Medicare reimbursement penalty in 2020.
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Society member’s book aims to help patients with chronic pain
Wisconsin Medical Society member Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH, has published a new book titled Chronic Pain: The Patient and Family Journey.
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