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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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Mirror Neurons and Empathy: An Interactive Cased-Based Approach to Treating Difficult Patients

Presentation by: Dr. Evangeline Spindler, MD Past President, Michigan Psychoanalytic Society; Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Council Faculty, University of Michigan Medical School and Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, Ann Arbor Summary by Sallie J. Schiel, Executive Director WCMS Dr. Spindler began her presentation by describing what potentially constitutes a “difficult patient” and many of the…
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Washtenaw County Pandemic Group

Contribution Author: Sandro Cinti, MD The Washtenaw County Pandemic Group (WCPG) met again on September 22, 2010. WCPG is an adhoc group of hospital, community medical, health department, and local emergency management leaders who first assembled in the fall of 2009 under the auspices of the Washtenaw County Medical Society to address difficult issues regarding…
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County Program for the Uninsured Open Only in October and November

"Washtenaw Health Plan (WHP) is a health coverage program for low-income Washtenaw County residents who don't have access to affordable health insurance. WHP helps people get the health care services they need.  WHP members are enrolled in WHP Plan B or WHP Plan A.  Click here for A Guide to Free and Low Cost Health Coverage for…
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