The latest from Billy the Bee

Visits to the Hill

Visits to the Hill with Joseph Sumner, Vicki Trebian and Tiffany Walker, of ATTIC: Wisconsin’s largest correction service company.

While we were there, we saw Matt Lauer walking through the Capitol in preparation for the next day’s Today show!


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Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association Award

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Exciting News–Diagnosing Colon Cancer in the Privacy of Your Home

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Genetically Modified Pigs Could Ease Organ Shortage

My friend and client Dr. Joe Tector is doing extraordinary work on solving the problem of the shortage of organs for transplantation. Through his research as shown in this Wall Street Journal article it may be possible to develop pig organs that can be transplanted into humans. Today, thousands die because of organ shortages and if his research is successful there will be stunning paradigm shift in organ transplantation eliminating the shortage of organs.

I have been proud to represent Dr. Tector and his father Dr. Cy Tector who pioneered the transplant program at St. Luke’s Aurora in Milwaukee.

I am confident Joe’s work will be successful and a major health problem solved.

Read the WSJ article here.

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Update on Cologuard and TRICARE

As of the most recent update to TRICARE’s preventive services policies, Exact Science’s Cologuard – the most effective, non-invasive colorectal cancer screening exam – is now given first-dollar coverage for 9.4 million active-duty, reserve, and National Guard personnel, veterans, and their dependents. The revision brings TRICARE into compliance with the most recent United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) colorectal cancer screening recommendations that include Cologuard as an A-rated option for preventive care.

In August 2014, Cologuard made history when it became the first ever product to receive FDA approval and a nationwide Medicare coverage decision on the same day. Since then, Cologuard has been A-rated by the USPSTF, included in the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), and affirmed by Medicare Advantage.

Given the devastating mortality rate of late stage colorectal cancer, providing first-dollar coverage for the non-invasive, high-sensitivity Cologuard option is a crucial milestone. With clear direction from the USPSTF’s recommendations, TRICARE’s move into compliance should prove a strong signal to insurers nation-wide that first-dollar coverage for Cologuard is the clear checkmate move in the fight against the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America.

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Cologuard Included in NCQA’s HEDIS

As of three days ago Exact Sciences’ Cologuard – the most effective, non-invasive colorectal cancer screening exam – is now included in the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). Inclusion in HEDIS means that physicians will receive quality credit for providing patients an exam given an “A” rating by the United States Preventative Services Taskforce (USPSTF). Earning quality credits is part of the overall movement towards Value Based Purchasing (VBP) that entitles providers to bonuses based on quality improvement. We applaud NCQA for its decision, marking a reaffirmation of our nation’s commitment to fight colorectal cancer – the second leading cause of cancer deaths in America.

The decision marks yet another milestone for Cologuard on its path to nationwide, first-dollar coverage that already includes becoming the first product ever to simultaneously receive FDA approval and a Medicare coverage decision, A-rated by the USPSTF, and affirmed by Medicare Advantage.

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Congratulations to iCare

We want to congratulate our client iCare, and their CEO Tom Lutzow for winning a 4.5 star rating as a dual eligible Medicare Managed Care Plan. iCare services the poor elderly in Wisconsin and now Medicare takes into account, thanks to Tom’s efforts, the socio-economic condition of their membership. We are also grateful for the support shown to iCare by Senator Baldwin, Congresswoman Moore, and Congressman Kind.

It is correct policy to factor in the poverty of the iCare population in Wisconsin, compare to the typical Medicare Managed Care enrollee.

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Direct Supply awarded $22.5 million in tax credits

We are very happy and proud to have assisted Direct Supply in their successful application to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for up to $22.5 million in tax credits for their planned expansion. Direct Supply is the leading supply chain expert in the long term care market based an a very successful employee ownership model. Congratulations to Bob Hillis and his entire team at Direct Supply.

Read more here.

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A Great Day in the Fight Against Cancer!

In August 2014, Exact Sciences’ Cologuard became the first medical product ever to receive simultaneous FDA and CMS approval. However, in November 2015, the USPSTF released a draft of its colorectal cancer screening recommendations listing Cologuard as an “Alternative Test” — a designation that would have had profound consequences for all coverage decisions tied to the USPSTF recommendations.

Today, we proudly announce that the USPSTF released a finalized version of its recommendations that removes the “Alternative Test” designation and unambiguously includes Cologuard in its A rated preventative care package. Cologuard — the latest technological advancement in non-invasive colorectal cancer screening — will now be covered for millions more Americans across the United States.

A truly great day in the fight against cancer!

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Broydrick & Associates Intern, Andrea Keklak is completing in the NCAA  nationals this weekend in the 1500 meters and may qualify for the US Olympic team!

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