WCMS Newsletter: April 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: April 2019 Newsletter

Health Department Alerts Public to Possible Exposure to Measles

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Washtenaw County Health Department confirmed on April 12, 2019 a case of measles related to international travel. The health departments are alerting the public to potential exposure to measles several locations. This case is not part of the current Michigan outbreak and has no recent vaccination.

Anyone at any of the following locations during the dates and times provided should monitor themselves for rash with fever or other symptoms consistent with measles for 21 days. If you suspect measles, seek immediate medical treatment and call your doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.

April 12, 2019

·         BP Gas Station at 1166 Ecorse Road, Ypsilanti on April 12 from 11am to 2pm. This only applies to people who went inside the gas station. Measles does not spread as easily outside.

April 6, 2019

·         CVS Pharmacy, 1700 S Industrial Hwy, Ann Arbor on April 6 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

·         Woodbury Gardens Apartments leasing office and clubhouse, 1245 Astor Ave, Ann Arbor on April 6 from 11am to 1:30pm

·         Lucky’s Market, 1919 S Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor on  April 6 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

·         Michigan Flyer-AirRide bus on April 6 from 3:15pm to 6:00pm

·         DTW airport (McNamara Terminal) on April 6 from 3:55pm to 7:30pm

April 5, 2019

·         Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery, 311 S Main St, Ann Arbor on April 5 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm

·         Blank Slate Creamery, 300 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor on April 5 from 2:30pm to 6:00pm

·         University of Michigan Angell Hall Courtyard Computing Site (a.k.a. The Fishbowl), 435 State Street, Ann Arbor on April 5 from 4:00pm to 10:30pm

·         Asian Legend, 516 E William St, Ann Arbor on April 5 from 8:30pm to 10:30pm

·         Walgreens Pharmacy, 317 S State St, Ann Arbor from April 5 at 9:30pm to April 6 at 12:00am (midnight)

·         CVS Pharmacy, 209 S State St, Ann Arbor from April 5 at 9:30pm to April 6 at 12:00am (midnight)

April 4, 2019

·         Mani Osteria and Bar, 341 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor on April 4 from 11am to 2pm

·         Encore Records, 417 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor on April 4 from 12pm to 3pm

·         University of Michigan Angell Hall Courtyard Computing Site (a.k.a. The Fishbowl), 435 State Street, Ann Arbor on April 4 from 1pm to 6pm

·         University of Michigan Intramural Sports Building, 606 E Hoover Avenue, Ann Arbor on  April 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.

April 3, 2019

·         University of Michigan North Quad Complex, 105 S State Street, Ann Arbor on April 3 from 8:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

·         University of Michigan Intramural Sports Building, 606 E Hoover Avenue, Ann Arbor on April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

·         NeoPapalis, 500 E William Street, Ann Arbor, April 3, 9pm to 11 pm

April 2, 2019

·         Lan City Hand Pulled Noodle, 2612 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti, April 2, 6 to 10 p.m.

·         Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor on April 2, 8 to 11 p.m.

April 1, 2019

·         University of Michigan Intramural Sports Building, 606 E Hoover Avenue, Ann Arbor on April 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

·         Lucky’s Market, 1919 S Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor on April 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Because measles can be spread through the air by an infected person, the public is being alerted to the potential exposures. A person with measles is contagious for four days before and four days after the rash appears. A person can be infected with measles just by being in the same room as an infected person, even up to two hours after the infected person has left. Measles is very contagious, potentially serious and vaccine preventable. For the latest information on this issue, please follow this link.


WCMS Statement on Medicaid Work Requirements Ruling

Following WCMS' opposition to the then-proposed Medicaid work requirements in Michigan, 2019 WCMS President Evelyn Eccles released the following statement in response to the recent Federal District Court for the District of Columbia’s rejection of Kentucky and Arkansas Medicaid work requirements by Judge James Boasberg:

“On behalf of the WCMS Executive Council and the vulnerable populations our physicians treat in Washtenaw County and across the state, I applaud the ruling and look forward to a similar decision for Michigan.”

To view the full statement, please click here.


Asthma Spacer Pilot Program Coming to Washtenaw County

A spacer/valved-holding chamber (VHC) standing order will be coming to Washtenaw County this spring. In a handful of pilot pharmacies, pharmacists will dispense a spacer/VHC using a standing order if a provider neglects to prescribe one. Outcomes from this pilot will inform similar efforts in other communities and statewide.

This project is the result of a partnership between the Michigan Pharmacists Association and the Michigan Dept. of Health & Human Services Asthma Program.

Please contact Tisa Vorce with any questions: or 517-335-9463.

Thank you to WCMS Member Harvey Leo, MD for sharing this information!


UM Life Sciences Orchestra to Perform this Sunday, April 14

On Sunday, April 14, the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO), will perform at 7 PM in U-M’s Hill Auditorium under music director Chelsea Gall. The LSO was founded nearly 20 years ago to give medical and science students and professionals a chance to express their musical talents and connect with one another and the community. One of LSO's founders, David J. Brown, MD, will be a featured flute soloist.

The orchestra is part of the Gifts of Art program, which brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine.The concert is free and open to the public, as is a pre-concert lecture at 6:15 PM by Gallo in the lower level of the building. No tickets are required, though the LSO accepts donations to support its concerts. Please click here for more information.


HVPA to Host Basic Life Support Training & Certification on April 18 

Huron Valley Physicians Association (HVPA) will host two basic life support training and certification sessions on Thursday, April 18 at the St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Women's Health Center in Ypsilanti. The sessions will cover American Heart Association-certified training on infant, child and adult basic life support, as well as additional information on team dynamics, local protocols, and special considerations.

Due to space and equipment limitations, each session is limited to 24 total participants. Registration is required and is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

These sessions are offered free of charge thanks to MSMS and WCMS.


WCMS Prepares for MSMS House of Delegates Meeting

The MSMS House of Delegates (HOD) is the official policy-making body of MSMS. Resolutions presented at the HOD are the vehicles used to debate and determine the policies, priorities, and direction of MSMS. Fourteen representatives from Washtenaw will be serving the county at this year's meeting in Kalamazoo on May 4-5.

HOD attendees can expect to debate resolutions on marijuana, opioids and pain management, gun violence, prior authorization, and additional public health issues. MSMS will also provide updates and a path forward on organizational remodeling. The 2019 Notebook can be accessed here.

Washtenaw's District Briefing will be held on Thursday, April 25 beginning at 6:30 PM at the Society Office. This briefing is open to all with RSVP.

Are you interested in learning more about HOD or serving as a delegate? Send us an email!


Health Can't Wait Site Launched to Address Prior Authorization

MSMS recently launched the "Health Can't Wait" website, a coalition of patients, health care providers, and associations dedicated to putting Michigan patients first and ending delays to health care access.

The site asks that physicians submit narratives that detail when patient care or treatment was delayed due to prior authorization red tape or step therapy. These stories will be used to educate Michigan lawmakers about the importance of prior authorization reform.

Do you have a story? Share it here.


Send 'Em Some Sugar: Membership Announcements

WCMS sends its congratulations to these members on their accomplishments:

·     Richard Burney, MD will be performing in the upcoming Measure for Measure Spring concert on Saturday, May 11 at Hill Auditorium. Tickets can be obtained online or at the door.

·     Jim Mitchiner, MD, MPH has tirelessly served District #14 (Livingston, Lenawee, Monroe, and Washtenaw) on the MSMS Board as District Director for nearly 10 years. Dr. Mitchiner will be termed out at the upcoming May House of Delegates meeting. WCMS sends our most sincere appreciation for keeping us abreast of critical information and advocating on our behalf. Thank you, Dr. Mitchiner!

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