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Congress Moves to Delay Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

The U.S. Congress may step in to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use program, with both chambers taking action on the third and final stage of the program. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., introduced her Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act (Flex IT 2 Act),…
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New Rules for Immunization Waivers

YPSILANTI, Mich., July 23, 2015 – New rules are in place for Michigan parents or guardians opting out of one or more of the required vaccinations for their child or children to attend school or childcare. Under the new rules parents or guardians must participate in a science-based educational session with their local public health…
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs historic Medicaid plan into law

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] English: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] DEARBORN, MI -- Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed historic Medicaid expansion legislation into law in the same way the Legislature passed it: With bipartisan support. Snyder was flanked by Democratic U.S. Rep. John Dingell, who authored part of the Affordable Care Act,…
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Call the Governor Now

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Photo © by Jeff Dean (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"][/caption] The senate has passed SB291 repealing the motorcycle helmet law. Call the governor NOW if you have an opinion on this- 517-335-7858 You may also fill out a web form here. Related articles Sign Petition Urging Governor to Veto Helmet Repeal (washtenawcms.wordpress.com)
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Helmet Repeal appears dead in Tennessee – for now

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)"][/caption] The following message was sent to Rick Snyder today. Dear Mr. Synder, The State House and Senate truly did lackadaisical work when providing the fiscal analysis for the proposed motorcycle helmet law repeal. Here are analyses performed for TennCare by the Tennessee state house…
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Highlights of MSMS Board of Directors Meeting, January 18, 2012

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="120" caption="Image via Wikipedia"][/caption] From Jim Mitchiner Highlights of MSMS Board of Directors Meeting, January 18, 2012 Future of Medicine:  The Board was updated on progress on the five Future of Medicine activities (childhood obesity, primary care, quality & safety, healthcare stewardship, and Medicaid).  Membership:  The Board voted to eliminate the current…
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Letter To Michigan Representatives

This letter was sent to members of the State House of Representatives, from Karla Klas, BSN, RN, CCRP -  Injury Prevention Education Specialist University of Michigan, Trauma Burn Center. September 5, 2011 Dear Representative, As a safety and traumatic injury expert at the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center, I respectfully submit the following research…
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Our SMARTER partners

The following is posted to the website of the Skilled Motorcyclist Association--Responsible, Trained and Educated Riders, Inc. We have reproduced it verbatim here. The seven key messages below are excellent talking points. Act Now to Help Save Michigan's Helmet Law The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) recently issued an “ePolicy Update” regarding the pending…
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Follow up letter to Governor Snyder – We can’t afford helmet law repeal!

Dear Governor Snyder: If a proposed bill to radically weaken Michigan’s universal motorcycle helmet law reaches your desk, a Coalition of County Medical Societies led by the Washtenaw County Medical Society, with the support of hospitals, physicians, and medical groups from across Michigan, urge you to veto it. The proposed changes to Michigan’s 42-year-old law…
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