WCMS Newsletter: December 2019

AMA Interim Meeting Report: Spotlight on the Michigan Delegation
The Michigan Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) wrapped up a successful Interim Meeting on November 19.
The state submitted eight resolutions and one memorial resolution. The majority of the resolutions were adopted and have received national attention:
  • Ban Conversion Therapy - Adopted as Amended
  • End Child Marriage - Adopted as Amended
  • Effects of Net Neutrality on Public Health - Referred
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Open Payments Program - Adopted as Amended
  • Require Payers to Share Prior Authorization Cost Burden - Adopted
  • Understanding the Effects of PFAS on Human Health - Alternate Resolution Adopted
  • Support Availability of Public Transit Systems - Adopted as Amended
  • Update Scheduled Medication Classification - Not Adopted
In addition to bringing forth resolutions passed by the MSMS House of Delegates, the Delegation monitored and provided testimony on a variety of issues heard by six Reference Committees. Sixty-seven resolutions, seventeen Board of Trustee Reports, and nineteen AMA Council Reports were reviewed and discussed over the course of the four-day meeting. Access all of the highlights here.


Leadership Opportunities at WCMS
MSMS Delegate or Alternate, Spring 2020, Spring 2021
The House of Delegates (HOD) is the official policy-making body of the Michigan State Medical Society. Resolutions are the vehicles used to debate and determine the policies, priorities, and direction of MSMS. Each year, physician members from across the state submit resolutions for review and consideration. County medical societies are allocated a set number of delegates and alternate voting slots determined by annual membership numbers. Washtenaw is typically allocated 14 voting slots. Delegates are invited, but not required, to submit resolutions.
WCMS Executive Council, Year 2020
The Executive Council is the voting body that supervises the function and activities of WCMS. Council members determine annual events, legislative priorities, and community outreach directives. The Executive Council meets the first Thursday of each month and breaks June-August and December.

WCMS Committees, Years 2020-2021
Learn more about the WCMS Committees by following the below links. Each committee meets approximately three times annually and members are simply asked to share a passion for medicine and interest in learning leadership skills.
  • Environmental Task Force
  • Legislative Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Programming Committee
If you are interested in serving or nominating a colleague for any of these positions, please contact Gabrielle Szlenkier at ASAP.


Advocacy Alerts: Prior Authorization and
Out-of-Network Billing Legislation
Prior Authorization and Step Therapy
Prior authorization and step therapy requirements hamstring treatment, drive up non-adherence to medication, and lead to diminished health. These bureaucratic and onerous practices negatively affect patients, physicians, providers, and practices. Lawmakers recently introduced S.B. 612, a bill that reforms these measures by introducing transparency, fairness, and clinical validity requirements. Ask your legislators to support the S.B. 612, the Health Can't Wait legislation, by clicking here.

Unanticipated, Out-of-Network Billing
Legislators in Lansing have been presented with a package of dangerous legislation, H.B. 4459-4460 and S.B. 570-572, that would implement a fee schedule with no accompanying provisions for a physician to appeal a payment, provisions to ensure network adequacy, or health care benefit transparency. Click here to ask elected officials to oppose these measures.


CME Seminar: State-of-the-Art Hematology Oncology Practices for the Internist on Dec. 5
The course will provide primary care physicians and other health care providers updates on hematology/oncology practices.
Program objectives
  • analyzing which patients will benefit from novel treatments;
  • recognizing what technology is available to help your patients;
  • identifying the importance of palliative care and pain management;
  • discussing modern treatment and outcome;
  • developing daily practices to catch up with evidence-based, new treatment modalities
Ascension St. John Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.


Membership Renewals
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.
Click on the image to renew electronically, or call the MSMS Membership Department directly: (517) 337-1351.

The Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS) 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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