WCMS Newsletter: October Edition


  • Health Can't Wait: Coalition to Reform Prior Authorization and Step Therapy
  • County Health Department Update: Eastern Equine Encephalitis
  • 154th Annual Scientific Meeting (October 22-26 in Novi)
  • 23rd Annual Conference on Bioethics (November 2 in Ann Arbor)
  • Ascension St. John Hospital CME Seminar: Psychiatric Care in the Primary Setting (Advertisement)
  • MSMS Board of Directors Nominations
  • Membership Renewals

Health Can't Wait:
Coalition to Reform Prior Authorization and Step Therapy

Health Can’t Wait is a coalition of patients, health care providers, and patient-support groups working to put Michigan patients first.We aim to end dangerous delays in patients’ access to health care caused by insurance company bureaucracy, including prior authorization and step therapy requirements.

Share your story at
We want to highlight the impact of insurance company red tape, so we can help fix it. Tell your story—or those of your patients—so we can begin making the changes Michigan needs!

Talk the issues up with family, friends, and collegues. 
Use your own networks—and social media—to help build awareness of this problem, and consider reaching out to your lawmaker.

Legislative Action Day on October 30.
A legislative action day will be held on Wednesday, October 30 from 9 AM – 3 PM at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. We will need representation from a diverse cross-section of HCW supporters to make the day as impactful as possible! Please sign-up to attend here.


County Health Department Update: Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Per the Washtenaw County Health Department - As of Oct 8, Washtenaw County has no human or animal cases of EEE. We still strongly encourage preventing mosquito bites whenever possible.

Washtenaw County Health Department agreed to participate in the recommended aerial spraying in a small portion of northern Washtenaw County to combat spread of the potentially deadly EEE virus. The area targeted for spraying was a 2.5 mile radius around the confirmed animal case in neighboring Livingston County. This area included parts of Livingston County, as well as northern Northfield and Webster Townships in Washtenaw County. The decision was made in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS); an aerial spray will lower the mosquito population and reduce the risk of humans or animals contracting EEE.

All planned aerial spraying in Michigan has been completed. The small portion of Webster and Northfield Townships in northern Washtenaw County was completed the night of Oct 5.  Please see for updates and maps.


154th Annual Scientific Meeting
October 23 - 26, 2019 in Novi

Physicians of all specialties, residents, students, nurses and other health care professionals are invited to join the Michigan State Medical Society Foundation at our 154th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) at the Sheraton Detroit-Novi Hotel.

Take this opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, see the latest our medical industry vendors have to offer, and learn about the cutting-edge clinical advances from local and national experts.

Location: Sheraton Detroit-Novi Hotel, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi, MI 48375



23rd Annual Conference on Bioethics
Saturday, November 2 in Ann Arbor

Death in America: Current Controversies at the End of Life

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the ethics of physician-assisted suicide
  • Understand the ethical issues involved in voluntarily stopping eating and drinking
  • Learn about recent controversial end of life cases and the Catholic approach
  • Appreciate the socioeconomic determinants/disparities that exist at the end of life

Location: Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

AMA Credit Designation Statement: The MSMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Advertisement: Ascension St. John Hospital CME Seminar: Psychiatric Care in the Primary Setting on Wednesday, Nov. 6

Program Objectives:

  • Appropriately screen for and identify patients with mental illness in the primary care setting;
  • Prescribe medications or employ treatment plans for depression & anxiety that align with current best practices;
  • Manage patients mental illness and co-morbid diagnosis of sleep disorders;
  • Increase knowledge of mental health illness treatment variations for specific populations including geriatric patients;
  • Understand and appropriately utilize the referral system for behavioral psychotherapy.

Location: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236





MSMS Board of Directors Nominations

Are you interested in running for a MSMS Board of Directors seat? The MSMS Nominating Committee is in the process of considering candidates for these new MSMS Board of Directors seats:

  • Physician Organization (PO) Leader
  • Independent Small Practice
  • Physician Leader from Health System
  • Physician Serving in Government/Public Health Role
  • Designated Institutional Official or Physician Representing GME Training
  • At-Large Physician

The Nominating Committee will be tasked with presenting a slate of qualified candidates at the Spring 2020 House of Delegates (HOD). The state's delegates at the HOD will have the final vote for the seats.

To be considered and supported by the Washtenaw delegation, please contact Gabrielle Szlenkier at (734) 668-6241 or via email.


2020 MSMS/WCMS Membership Renewal

Fall is renewal season! MSMS and WCMS are here to help you survive medical school, navigate residency, start your practice on solid footing, and help protect your patients and the practice of medicine throughout your career.

We are proud to fight for you and your patients in the legislative and political process. We work to help you overcome your practice’s daily challenges with management tools and resources.

Renew your membership for 2020 to take advantage of all MSMS and WCMS have to offer at Pay before November 30 and receive a CME coupon worth $100. Click on the image below to renew electronically, or call the Membership Department directly: (517) 337-1351.

The Washtenaw County Medical Society has been the leading physician medical association for legislative action and community outreach since 1827. WCMS collaborates with the Michigan State Medical Society to optimize patient, physician, and community well-being through professional support; public health activism; and advocacy for excellence in patient care.

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