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Medigram: May 9, 2019

Top Story

Capitol Update: Joint Finance begins Executive Sessions; Committees hold hearings on abortion bills
The Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) is set to begin drafting its version of the state budget for the 2019-2021 biennium. Read more.

News Briefs

2019 White Coat Campaign underway
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s annual White Coat Campaign has begun. Read more.

HHS releases final conscience rule
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule on conscience protections for medical providers last week. Read more.

New rule requires Pharma ads on TV to include price
Direct-to-consumer TV ads for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid will now be required to include the list price—the Wholesale Acquisition Cost—if that price is equal to or greater than $35 for a month’s supply or the usual course of therapy. Read more.

Regular review key to strong cybersecurity; WisMed Assure can help
The prevalence of electronic medical records coincides with high risk of a cyberattack. Read more.

DHS, WISAM offer free buprenorphine X-waiver training series
The Department of Health Services has partnered with the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine to increase treatment capacity for opioid use disorder through expanded prescribing of buprenorphine, one of three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder. Read more.


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

Can decreasing the availability of healthy foods increase their value in kids’ minds and entice them to want to eat more healthy food? This article from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management explores how to encourage children to choose healthier options.