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12/15/15 | Governor Walker Signs Interstate Medical Licensure Compact into Law

Governor Walker officially signed the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact into law today. He released the following statement.

12/10/15 | Results from the Annual Meeting Planning Survey

12/09/15 | Assembly Passes Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

The State Assembly unanimously approved Senate Amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 253, which ratifies the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact in Wisconsin.

02/01/15 | Operation: Education

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation's Operation: Education program was held on January 14, 2015.

11/11/14 | Operation: Education

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation's Operation: Education program was held on October 29, 2014.

05/08/14 | 2014 ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC)

The ACR 2014 Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) met from April 26-30, 2014 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington DC. This is a synopsis of the meeting.

07/22/13 | Wisconsin Completion of State Medicaid Initiative

Wisconsin successfully completed a major initiative to have the State Medicaid agen-cy accept point-of-service decision support as an alternative to the Radiology Benefit Management (RBM) preauthorization process administered through MedSolu-tions. Beginning May 1, 2013, health systems, groups, and individual providers that order CT and MR imaging services and have implemented advanced imaging deci-sion support tools may request an exemption from the prior authorization require-ments for these services. This initiative was a multi-year collaborative effort be-tween the Wisconsin Medical Society, a consortium of Wisconsin medical centers currently using decision support, and the Wisconsin Radiological Society.

07/17/13 | WRS Members Meet with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner and Congressman Sean Duffy

06/21/13 | Gold Card, Alternative Pathway Enacted

The Wisconsin Radiological Society is pleased to announce that The Wisconsin State Department of Health Services has enacted a Gold Card, Alternative Pathway for the approval of CT and MRI studies for Forwardhealth programs: Medicaid, Badgercare, Badgercare Plus, Seniorcare and Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program patients. These patients will no longer require prior authorization through DHS's radiology benefit manager, Medsolutions, if the ordering institution uses an approved decision support system. The current known products are: ACR Select, and Medicalis. Health care institutions must provide feedback to ordering providers to qualify.

06/12/13 | 2013 ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC)

The ACR 2013 Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference (AMCLC) met from May 4 – 8, 2013 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. This is a synopsis of the meeting.

05/08/13 | 2013 Flaherty Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

During the Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Radiological Society and Dr. Timothy T. Flaherty, FACR, presented the 2013 Flaherty Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Andrew B. Crummy, Jr., FACR. Dr. Crummy is the third recipient of this award, joining Dr. Timothy T. Flaherty, FACR, who was a resident of Dr. Crummy's, and Dr. James E. Youker, FACR.

05/11/12 | 2012 ACR AMCLC Recap

The 87th ACR Annual Meeting took place in Washington, DC from April 21-25, 2012. The meeting tone was upbeat which was a refreshing change after several years of doom and gloom. The meeting includes the business or policymaking portion where representatives (the ACR Council) vote on matters of interest to the profession. The Council, represented by 339 chapter or subspecialty society elected members, debates issues as a deliberative body much like the House of Representatives. The ACR Council considers resolutions that establish ACR policies, changes to the ACR Bylaws and collaborative practice guidelines and technical standards. The meeting also includes an advocacy component. The meeting was attended by 280 residents/fellows and 500 ACR members/staff. This year, the ACR Council debated and voted on 25 practice guidelines, 29 ten year extension of current policies and 12 socioeconomic resolutions. The Council resolutions are initially discussed in state and specialty society caucuses. Then, the refined resolutions are voted on by the Council to become official policies. The meeting culminates with a day long trip to visit the Wisconsin state Senators and House of Representatives. The meeting awarded 5 Gold Medals and 125 Fellowships. Fellowships were awarded to Wisconsinites Patrick Conway, Rad Onc from LaCrosse; Cristopher Meyer, UW Madison; Peter Selzer, Madison; Gale Sisney, UW Madison; Timothy Swan, Marshfield and Donald Yandow, Madison.

04/09/12 | 2012 Flaherty Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

James E. Youker, MD, FACR has been Chairman of the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Radiology since 1968. Under his leadership, the Department of Radiology has become nationally recognized and Dr. Youker has achieved pre-eminent national recognition as a leader in radiological sciences. The James E. Youker Endowed Chair in Radiology is being established by the Medical College of Wisconsin to honor James E. Youker, MD, FACR.

03/12/12 | Rep. Davis and Rep. Hall Introduce Legislation Extending Patients Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage Under Medicare

Washington, D.C. –Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) and Ralph M. Hall (R-TX) introduced H.R. 4165 today, the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act of 2012, calling on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend Medicare coverage to virtual colonoscopy, a minimally invasive colorectal exam using low-dose computed tomography (CT).

01/05/12 | Health and Family Services Documentation of Medicaid Payment Rates

The State of Wisconsin reimburses providers for services provided to Medical Assistance recipients under the authority of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and ss. 49.43 to 49.47, Wisconsin Statutes. This program, administered by the State’s Department of Health Services, is called Medical Assistance (MA) or Medicaid. In addition, Wisconsin has expanded this program to create the BadgerCare and BadgerCare Plus programs under the authority of Title XIX and Title XXI of the Social Security Act and ss. 49.471, 49.665, and 49.67 of the Wisconsin Statutes.