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COVID-19 Stats, Tele-Town with Gov. Whitmer, Legislative Committee Meeting, PPE for Physician Practices, Safe Return to Practice Guidance, Mental Health Support Lines, & Spring Bulletin

 

COVID-19 Statistics (County, State, Nation, World) and Highlights from Washtenaw County Health Dept.

Summary as of Monday, May 11:

Tele-Town Hall with Gov. Whitmer on Friday, May 15

COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall for Physicians with Governor Whitmer

Date: Friday, May 15, 10:15 AM

Speaker: Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Joneigh S. Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP

Questions can be submitted during the Town Hall or in advance at rblake@msms.org. MSMS will continue to host these weekly Town Halls for the next few months. Send ideas for future topics to belliott@msms.org.

Click to Register! 

Virtual WCMS Legislative Committee Meeting on Monday, May 18

WCMS members are invited to join the Legislative Committee, led by Chairman Jim Mitchiner, MD, MPH, on Monday, May 18 at 7:30 AM to discuss the latest legislative updates and news with state and federal lawmakers. The agenda will include COVID-19, surprise billing, prior authorization, and auto no-fault issues.

A GoToMeeting weblink will be distributed after registration at this link.

PPE Website for Michigan's Physician Practices

MSMS, in partnership with Foresight Group, announced the launch of a new website to get personal protective equipment and other supplies for Michigan's physician practices. The website allows physicians and their practices to purchase essential medical supplies, including respirators, face shields, goggles, and gowns.

Once the practice identifies their need and quantity, information is shared with Foresight Group, who will then identify the best rate and delivery times available, confirm need with the practice, collect payment information, and place the order, which will then ship directly to the practice.

MSMS Workgroup Safe Practice Recommendations

Medigram: As federal and state directives and guidance impacting the operation of medical facilities, reopening of sectors of the economy, and the public’s mobility status are expected to relax over the next several weeks, physician practices and other health care facilities will need to determine their readiness to resume routine health care. The Michigan State Medical Society convened a workgroup to explore what steps are necessary for physicians and other health care providers to safely “ramp up” for full delivery of health care services. The result is a compilation of recommendations for the Safe Return to Clinical Practice.

COVID-19 Helplines for Physicians

Psychoanalysts and psychotherapists affiliated with the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Society have begun an initiative to provide emotional support and assistance to frontline health care workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. During the months of April, May and June, experienced clinicians will offer up to 5 free virtual sessions to any staff member involved in, or affected by, the coronavirus pandemic. To make a private, confidential appointment or to get more information, please call 734-677-1590. We will return calls within 24 hours to set up a first virtual appointment.

The Physician Support Line is a nation-wide service available for US physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. The line offers free and confidential peer support telehealth by volunteer psychiatrists. The line is available without appointment from 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM, 7 days a week. To start, call (888) 409-0141. For more information, follow this link.

WCMS Spring Bulletin

Access the digital 1st quarter issue of the WCMS Bulletin: President's Message on COVID-19, COVID-19 Resources, January Action Day in Lansing, Share Your Story, MedConnect Event Summary, Highlights of the Executive Council Meeting, Washtenaw County Health Department Medical Director Report, & More!

Copies of the WCMS Bulletin are available at the WCMS office at 5 Research Drive, Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. To request a printed version, please contact the Society Office.

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