Earn 6 Credits at MSMS Maternal and Perinatal Health Conference May 15 – Register Today

There is Still Time to Register for 53rd Annual Joseph S. Moore, MD, Conference on Maternal and Perinatal Health
Thursday, May 15

The Henry, Dearborn, MI – 9:00 am to 4:15 pm

This program will bring together a broad range of speakers and participants to share their studies, expertise and background on obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, and maternal and fetal medicine. Separate pediatric and obstetrics tracks will be offered in the afternoon.

General Sessions include:

Overview of Michigan Legislative Initiatives the Impact Maternal and Child Care – Panel Discussion
Moderator: Amy Zaagman, Executive Director, Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health Office
State Rep. Gail Haines (R) Michigan, District 43, Chair, Health Policy Committee
State Rep. George Darany (D) Michigan, District 15, Vice Chair, Health Policy Committee

The Michigan Infant Mortality Reduction Plan Update
Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP, Chief Medical Executive, Michigan Department of Community Health

Perinatal Addictionology – Drug Dependent Babies and Management of Mothers
William R. Morrone, DO, MS, ACOFP, DAAPM, ASAM

EHR: Status of In-State Data Exchange
Gregory J. Forzley, MD, Chair, HIT Commission; and System Ambulatory Chief Medical Information Officer, CHE Trinity Health

Retinopathy of Prematurity – Michael T. Trese, MD, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology,Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program – Panel Discussion

Afternoon Obstetric Track

Prenatal Diagnosis of Cardiac Defects and What to Do About Them – Sarah Gelehrter, MD – Cardiologist, Associate Professor of Pediatrics University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor

Management of the Diabetic and Obese Parturient – Samuel T. Bauer, MD, FACOG, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Afternoon Pediatrics Track

Care of Neonatal Babies of Diabetic Mothers – Savitri P. Kumar, MD, Associate Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Director, Development Assessment Clinic, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit

How to Handle Worrisome Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening Results – Monica Martin Goble, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor

For more information please or to register visit http://www.msms.org/eo or contact Marianne Ben-Hamza at mbenhamza@msms.org or 517-336-7581.

Statement of Accreditation:
The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement: The MSMS designates this live activity for a maximum for 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: The ACCME is approved by the Board of Nursing as an acceptable provider of continuing education for license renewal or relicensure.

FRAUDULENT TAX RETURN FILING – LEGAL ALERT

Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) has recently been made aware of several instances of fraudulent tax return filings involving Michigan physicians. This has been discovered when legitimate tax returns are filed and a notice is received that the return has already been filed. The source of this identity theft (i.e. the social security numbers, addresses and other information necessary to file a tax return and obtain a refund) is unknown at this time. An internal investigation at MSMS has revealed no information indicating that this information was stolen from MSMS.

If you are a victim of this type of identity theft you should:
1) Contact the Internal Revenue Service Identity Protection Specialized Unit by calling (800) 908-4490.
2) Complete and file IRS Form 14039 – Identity Theft Affidavit with the required documentation.
3) Contact the Michigan Department of Treasury by calling (517) 636-4486, by email at Treasury-ReportIDTheft@michigan.gov or mail to: Identify Theft Unit, Income Tax Division, P.O. Box 30477, Lansing, MI 48909.
4) Consider reporting the identity theft to credit reporting agencies:
a) Equifax: 800-525-6285
b) Experian: 888-397-3742
c) TransUnion: 800-680-7289

Additional information regarding tax related identity theft can be found at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0008-tax-related-identity-theft.
MSMS will monitor this situation and make additional information available as it becomes available.

Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, Presentation Rescheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher’s presentation originally scheduled for March 12, and canceled due to weather, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 20th. Dr. Kutcher is a sports neurologist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. He is the Director of Michigan NeuroSport, the university’s academic sports neurology program, where he oversees clinical care, education, and research activities. This academic year, his NeuroSport program began training the first fellow in sports neurology in the United States.

Dr. Kutcher is a team physician for the University of Michigan and the USA Hockey National Team Developmental Program. He is also the Director of the National Basketball Association’s concussion program, Neurology Consultant to the US Ski and Snowboard Association, and has helped develop the concussion policies of the NCAA, as well as several college athletic programs and conferences. He co-led the effort to create the Sports Neurology section of the American Academy of Neurology and served as the section’s first chair.

Dr. Kutcher will speak on neurosport, head trauma and the connection between concussions and cognitive decline. The General Session will be held at the Ann Arbor City Club and is open to the general public. The evening will start at 6:00 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. Dr. Kutcher will speak at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge for dinner for active WCMS members. There will be a $35 charge for retired members, non-members and guests wishing to attend the dinner. For reservations, please call the Society Office at 734-668-6241, or email the office as wcms@msms.org

April 26 is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled the 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by safely disposing of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

There are nearly 240 collection sites in the state of Ohio operated by the DEA and its state and local law enforcement partners. Visit the DEA’s website to find a collection location near you.

During the last National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in October, Americans turned in 324 tons of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites across the country. Through the past seven Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners took in more than 3.4 million pounds—over 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Ohio Mumps Outbreak Rises to 212 Cases, Largely Hits State University

(Reuters) – The number of cases of mumps in central Ohio in a rare outbreak has jumped to 212, from 116 early this month, mostly affecting students and others connected to The Ohio State University, public health officials said on Monday.

At least 132 cases of the contagious disease, which causes painful swelling of the salivary glands, have been linked to the university outbreak to date, Columbus Public Health said on Monday. The number of people hospitalized was not immediately known.

The outbreak had initially been limited to the university and those connected to it, but health officials said in late March it had spread to other parts of the Columbus, Ohio, area.

Mumps is considered rare in the United States. Franklin County, which includes Columbus, typically sees one reported mumps case a year.

The cases have been reported in Franklin and Delaware counties.

The number of mumps cases reported annually in the United States has plunged 98 percent since a vaccine was introduced in the 1960s, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, a multi-state outbreak in 2006 led to nearly 6,600 reported cases with more than 80 percent of the people saying they were attending college.

Washtenaw Healthy Michigan Plan

Enrollment for expanded Medicaid, the Healthy Michigan Plan, began April 1, 2014. Medicaid and the Healthy Michigan Plan will be open for enrollment all year. The Healthy Michigan Plan is open to Michigan adults, aged 19-64, whose income is below 138% of the poverty level and who are citizens, refugees, or legal permanent residents for more than five years. There is no asset test. The Healthy Michigan Plan has medical and prescription coverage. There is also a dental, vision and mental health benefit.

The Washtenaw Health Plan will be open Monday-Friday from 9-4 p.m. to help people enroll. In addition, people can get assistance with enrollment through the UMHS and SJMHS financial assistance programs; from the Department of Human Services; and from various safety net clinics, including the Corner, Packard Health, and the Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools. People can also enroll from their home computer, at http://www.michigan.gov/mibridges.

For more information go to: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/whp/healthy-michigan-plan-medicaid

Senate Passes H.R. 4302, the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014″

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Monday evening to delay scheduled cuts in physician payments under Medicare and move the switch to ICD-10 billing codes to October 2015.

The chamber passed a bill that delays by 12 months pending reimbursement cuts under Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula. Physicians were to face 24% cuts in Medicare payments starting Tuesday unless Congress acted.

The House passed the same legislation last week, despite strong opposition from organized medicine which has formed a unified front, clamoring for a permanent SGR repeal. The bill delaying the SGR’s cuts and ICD-10 implementation is expected to be signed into law by President Obama.

Congress had been working on a permanent SGR repeal but was unable to come up with a way to pay for the bill. Complicating the issue was the early retirement of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who chaired the committee that oversaw Medicare.

A long list of physician groups — including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, and the Alliance of Specialty Medicine — opposed the 12-month SGR patch, saying it would derail efforts to permanently kill the SGR.

The bill the Senate passed Monday does more than simply delay the SGR’s planned cuts, including:

Delays until Oct. 1, 2015, the switch to ICD-10
Provides a 0.5% Medicare pay bump over that 12-month period
Revalues certain physician payment codes
Creates a program designed to promote proper use of diagnostic tests and treatments and discourage their overuse
Authorizes a multistate pilot program designed to raise standards for mental health services and improve integration of care

The legislation also delays a requirement for hospitals to comply with the “two-midnight” rule for inpatient reimbursement, and pushes back recovery audits of allegedly unnecessary claims until March 2015.

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