WCMS Newsletter: October Edition

The WCMS Newsletter is a monthly, electronic publication that highlights major physician issues and various community initiatives. Distribution is a unique benefit of WCMS Membership.

To view a PDF version, please click here: October 2018 Newsletter

WCMS Newsletter: October 2018

Thank you for your membership to WCMS, the leading medical association for legislative action and community outreach in Washtenaw County since 1827.


WCMS Candidate Forum: Oct. 15

Join us for a membership favorite, our WCMS Candidate Forum. Hear from 22 candidates and counting running for office in the November 2018 election. The confirmed list of city council, county commissioner, MI house and senate, governor, and federal house and senate candidates is available on the event webpage here.

Doors open at 6:00 PM at the Ann Arbor City Club. Dinner begins at 6:30 (note: dinner is complimentary to WCMS members; $35 to non-WCMS members.) The forum begins at 7:00 PM and will include Q&A portions. The forum is free and open to the public with RSVP to!

2019 WCMS Leadership Nominations

Run, or nominate a fellow WCMS member, for these open officer positions in 2019:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • District Director #14
  • Delegate & Alternates

The time and work requirements are minimal. WCMS will vote at the November 1st Executive Council meeting. Contact Gabrielle Szlenkier for more information about these positions today!

Public Health Alert: Flu Season

From the Washtenaw County Health Department: "It is time for everyone six months and older to get vaccinated against the flu. Sporadic cases are being reported in Washtenaw County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting the flu vaccine before the end of October.

The flu vaccine is widely available at area medical offices, pharmacies, and community events. The County Health Department offers vaccines to children and adults regardless of insurance status or income. Cost for the flu shot is $30 for children and $40 for adults." Call (734) 544-6700 to schedule an appointment or click here for more information.

WCMS Hosts Legislative Meeting, Lively MOC Discussion

The WCMS Legislative Committee, chaired by Jim Mitchiner, MD, MPH, hosted its third Legislative Update of the year on Sept. 10. The meeting focused on auto no-fault, opioid, naturopathic scope of practice, prior authorization, and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) issues. WCMS thanks State Reps. Lasinski, Peterson,  Rabhi, and Zemke; Congresswoman Dingell; and MOC expert, Meg Edison, MD of Kent County, for speaking to our membership. For more information on the meeting, access the MSMS write-up here.

Don't miss our last Legislative Update of 2018 on Monday, Nov. 19 at the WCMS Office. Expect to hear a full review of the November election and our path ahead in 2019.


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