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Statement on Federal Medicaid Work Requirements Ruling

In response to the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia’s rejection of Kentucky and Arkansas Medicaid work requirements by Judge James Boasberg, Evelyn Eccles, MD, president of the Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS) had the following statement: “On behalf of the WCMS Executive Council and the vulnerable populations our physicians treat in Washtenaw…
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WCMS Comments on Rule to Define “Public Charge” for Immigration Status

Government Affairs and Advocacy Issues WCMS sent the following comments after coordination with the Washtenaw County Health Department and approval at the November WCMS Executive Council meeting. ______________________________________________________________ November 2018   DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012 Samantha Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security…
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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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Physicians for the Prevention of Gun Violence

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="120"] Federally-supported gun violence intervention program (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"] Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] By Jerry Walden and Andrew Zweifler As of 2012 in the U.S.,guns continue to be associated with approximately 30,000 deaths per year. Over one-half of these fatalities are suicides and the…
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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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Concerning News From Washington State

The Washington state Medicaid program has enacted a concerning policy - limiting its beneficiaries to only 3 non emergency visits per year. A non-emergency under this policy would include a presentation for chest pain that is diagnosed as GERD.
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Happy Bday, EMTALA

Note: This was originally published as an online commentary in the Detroit Free Press on April 8,2011. This week marked the 25th anniversary of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. By signing the massive Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act on April 7, 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Congress gave legal imprimatur to a requirement…
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