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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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More on Motorcycles

Here is a message from Jim Mitchiner Once again, the state Senate has passed a bill repealing Michigan’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law. If this bill becomes law, it would have catastrophic consequences for injured motorcyclists in Michigan, and would impact the economy as well, since taxpayers would foot the bill for acute and chronic medical…
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Website Update and Coming Soon Improvements!

Very recently, Wordpress announced that they have added functionality to share Google Calendars! This should provide a nice and relatively straightforward platform for displaying and sharing a calendar of events! In addition, here is a summary of the site stats thus far. As per recommendations from the EC, I have added a site counter (bottom…
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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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MSMS Health Information Technology

The MSMS has useful guidance on what is meaningful use. From the MSMS website "On January 3, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened registration for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. Incentives are available under both programs for physicians who "meaningfully use" certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The Medicare incentives are…
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Uncompensated, non-emergency care liability bill passes Michigan House

Submitted by Will Meurer House Bill 4350 amends the Public Health Code to provide liability protections to physicians who volunteer their time to offer free care and provides liability protections to physician offices that treat the underinsured or uninsured in a non-emergency situation. The House passed this bill on April 26 and it has been…
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Washtenaw County Tops in Health

Excerpted from the Washtenaw County Public Health Department Website "The 2011 County Health Rankings put Washtenaw County first in health factors among Michigan Counties for the second year. (more…)
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