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Medigram: August 2, 2018

Top Story

DHS confirms first Wisconsin death linked to ‘fake weed’
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has confirmed a death related to the use of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as fake weed, K2 and spice. Read more.

News Briefs

New report shows continued progress in opioid abuse fight
The latest quarterly report from the state’s Controlled Substances Board (CSB) on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) shows continued progress in the state’s fight against opioids abuse and addiction. Read more.

Society weighs in on Title X funding
The Wisconsin Medical Society submitted comments this week on proposed regulatory changes to Title X funding. Read more.

State’s reinsurance waiver approved by CMS
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved a $200 million waiver to establish a reinsurance program aimed at stabilizing and lowering insurance premiums in Wisconsin. Read more.

CMS issues final rule on Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance plans
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released its final rule on short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans on Wednesday. Read more.

Registration open for free Obesity Treatment Summit October 12
Aspirus Heart and Vascular and Aspirus Ideal Weight Solution will welcome keynote speaker Gary Taubes to its Obesity Treatment Summit October 12 in Wausau. Read more.

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

“Physicians now spend more time documenting care than delivering care. Is this an appropriate use of the investment that society has made in physicians’ training?”

This is the question posed and answered by Christine Sinsky, MD, in a piece published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Click here to read “Moving Our Attention From Keyboards to Patients: A Way Forward for Improving Professional Fulfillment and Health Care Value.”