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Medigram: June 6, 2019

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Proposed governance changes; member input requested!
At the 2019 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in April, 2019, the Society’s Board of Directors (Board) unanimously introduced a potential amendment to the Society’s Constitution aimed at improving the Society’s policymaking structure. Read more.

News Briefs

Society priorities advance in State Budget Committee action
The Wisconsin State Legislature’s budget-writing committee continues to make changes to Gov. Tony Evers’ 2019-21 biennial budget proposal this week, and some of the Society’s priorities for the state’s Medicaid program were approved Tuesday evening. Read more.

State Senate approves Society-supported bills
The Wisconsin State Senate overwhelmingly approved two Society-supported bills during floor session Wednesday at the State Capitol in Madison. Read more.

Members highlighted at Friday event in LaCrosse: Closing the rural-urban health care gap
WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com have organized a panel discussion focused on the gaps in health care between suburban-urban areas and rural counties in Wisconsin in response to the recent 2019 County Health Rankings Report. Read more.

Society calls for reduced burden due to EHRs
Earlier this week the Society provided comments on proposed changes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the interoperability of electronic health records (EHR). Read more.

Society asks Congress to address narrow networks, costs and transparency
On Wednesday the Society submitted comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee on its discussion draft of the Lower Health Care Costs Act (LHCCA). Read more.

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

An approximate $4.6 billion in costs can be attributed to physician burnout each year in the United States, as calculated by this paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study focused on the costs associated with replacing physicians and reducing clinical hours, but did not include other sources of financial loss related to burnout in the analysis because they’re difficult to quantify.

This editorial reinforces the need to understand the economic effects of physician burnout and stresses the urgency of correcting this epidemic.