Washtenaw County Epi Update – 3/20/15

Influenza B

Influenza B is keeping this flu season alive.  Almost all of the confirmed influenza labs in Washtenaw residents in March 2015 have been Influenza B.  Both strains of Influenza B are circulating locally.

See the following website for more details on this year’s flu season:

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/ph_flusurveillance.html

Animal Bites and Bat Encounters

Spring and summer months tend to be busy in public health for calls regarding animal bites and bat encounters. In 2015, 13 animals from Washtenaw County have already been submitted to the State Lab for rabies testing.  Fortunately, none of the tests have been positive to date.

When the possibility of rabies is being considered, animal bites and bat exposures must be reported to Washtenaw County Public Health within 24 hours of the bite/exposure incident.  Public Health will determine whether testing or quarantine of the animal is recommended (if the animal is available). Rabies risk assessment requires balancing a number of criteria:

  • the species of animal and the prevalence of rabies for that species in Michigan
  • the observed health and behavior of the animal
  • the vaccination history of domestic/farm animals
  • and the circumstances of the bite (provoked vs. unprovoked)

Pertussis summary for 2014

Although pertussis decreased in Washtenaw County in 2014 compared to the previous year, the 110 cases reported were much higher than typical levels for our community (20 – 30 cases per year).

Selected characteristics of the 110 Washtenaw pertussis cases in 2014:

  • 4 hospitalizations; 0 deaths
  • Age range 3 months – 79 years
  • 85% of cases were in children (19 years and younger)
  • June was the peak month for cases
  • Cases were reported across the county but the 48197 zip code (Ypsilanti area) had 39% of the cases

The Washtenaw County Public Health website has more information about the current pertussis situation: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/pertussis

Pertussis summary for 2014:

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/pertussis-summary-2014

Communicable disease trends for Washtenaw County

http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/public_health/disease_control/ph_hltcdst.html

AMA President-Elect Steven J. Stack, MD, Speaks at Washtenaw County Medical Society

WCMS Past President Charles F, Koopmann, Jr., MD; AMA President-Elect Steven Stack, MD; President-Elect Brad J. Uren, MD, and President Larry Junck, MD

WCMS Past President Charles F, Koopmann, Jr., MD; AMA President-Elect Steven Stack, MD; President-Elect Brad J. Uren, MD, and President Larry Junck, MD

The Washtenaw County Medical Society hosted the American Medical Association (AMA) President-elect Steven J. Stack, MD, at its general membership meeting March 4th in Ann Arbor.

An emergency physician from Lexington, KY, Dr. Stack will become the 170th AMA President on June 9, 2015. Also in attendance was AMA Board of Trustees Chair, Barbara L. McAneny, MD.

Dr. Stack discussed the changes transforming health care today, as well as the three-pronged approach the AMA is pursuing to improve the health of the nation: improving healthy outcomes, accelerating change in medical education, and ensuring professional satisfaction and practice sustainability.

Dr. Stack also addressed issues facing Michigan physicians, including graduate medical education (GME) funding and Auto No-Fault insurance. Many physicians in Michigan are urging lawmakers to fully fund GME this fiscal year and to closely examine Governor Rick Snyder’s proposal for a long-term solution to GME funding. “Reducing graduate medical education funding even in the short term would mean fewer Michigan physicians are able to learn here, train here and stay here,” said Dr. Stack.

After graduating from medical school, physicians are required to complete hands-on residency programs before obtaining their state license to practice medicine. Studies show that two-thirds of physicians who complete their residency in Michigan decide to practice medicine here; ensuring patients have access to both specialty and primary care physicians.

Dr. Stack also discussed Michigan’s Auto No-Fault insurance and how this current system provides an important benefit for motorists. In the last several years, there have been attempts to rewrite Michigan’s no-fault automobile insurance laws. Physician’s supporting the current system believe rewriting the law would cause a cost shift from insurance companies onto taxpayers and the state’s Medicaid and Medicare system.

March 4, 2015 General Session – Incoming AMA President Steven Stack, MD

March 2015 Session Flyer(1)

Dr. Steven Stack will be speaking on “Beyond Reform:  Rethinking Health Care for the 21st Century”.

Dr. Stack is an emergency physician practicing in Lexington, Kentucky. He has served on the AMA Board of Trustees since 2006, and was elected President-Elect in 2014. He will begin his term as President in June of 2015.

Dr. Stack is the first board certified emergency physician to serve on the AMA Board of Trustees, and the first emergency physician to serve as President. He has served with distinction in a number of positions with the AMA and has made significant contributions to health IT, licensing, regulation and health policy.

MEETING DETAILS:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ann Arbor City Club
1830 Washtenaw Avenue

5:30 p.m. Social Hour

6:15 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Program

There is no charge for dinner for active WCMS members.
Dinner for retired members, non-members, and guests is $35.

For reservations call the Society Office at 734-668-6241, or register via e-mail at wcms@msms.org.

WCMS 1st Quarter 2015 Bulletin Online

A copy of the 2015 Jan/Feb/March 1st Quarter Bulletin can be found at:
http://digital.turn-page.com/i/462013

Symposium on the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Expansion in MI being held March 26, 2015

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), a non-profit health policy center based at the University of Michigan, invites WCMS members to the upcoming event on Thursday, March 26 from 1 – 5 pm in Ann Arbor called “Alpena to Zilwaukee: A Symposium on the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Expansions in MI”.

The Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), in partnership with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) and the School of Public Health, will bring together panels of stakeholders—including health care and business leaders, health policy experts, and state government officials—to discuss the coverage impacts of the ACA in Michigan. Panelists will explore how access to care is changing in Michigan in light of these new coverage opportunities, discuss how businesses and insurers are engaging in a changing marketplace, and examine the financial and delivery system impacts of expanded coverage in the state.

The event is free and open to the public; but registration is required (http://www.chrt.org/events/aca-coverage-expansions-mi/).

“Alpena to Zilwaukee: A Symposium on the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Expansions in MI”
Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: U-M Michigan League Ballroom, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

2015 New Lawmakers Reception February 18 in East Lansing

The Michigan State Medical Society will kick off the new legislative year with a New Lawmakers Reception on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at MSMS Headquarters located at 120 West Saginaw Street in East Lansing. This event is a premier networking event for all member physicians.

All MSMS/WCMS members are welcome to attend; and Michigan government officials, as well as the members of the Michigan Legislature, have been invited to attend.

The event will follow Graduate Medical Education Advocacy Day where GME advocates will visit Lansing to educate legislators on the vital role of teaching hospitals and the benefits of GME funding. GME directors, program administrators and physician residents are encouraged to attend this important event to urge full funding of GME.

To RSVP please contact Anne’ka Marzette, Government Relations Coordinator, at amarzette@msms.org or 517-336-5736. Should you have any questions, please contact Colin J. Ford, Senior Director, State and Federal Government Affairs, at 517-336-5737.

March 4, 2015 General Session – Incoming AMA President Steven Stack, MD

March 2015 Session Flyer(1)

Dr. Steven Stack is an emergency physician practicing in Lexington, Kentucky. He has served on the AMA Board of Trustees since 2006, and was elected President-Elect in 2014. He will begin his term as President in June of 2015.

Dr. Stack is the first board certified emergency physician to serve on the AMA Board of Trustees, and the first emergency physician to serve as President. He has served with distinction in a number of positions with the AMA and has made significant contributions to health IT, licensing, regulation and health policy.

Please join us to welcome Dr. Stack to Washtenaw County.

MEETING DETAILS:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ann Arbor City Club
1830 Washtenaw Avenue

5:30 p.m. Social Hour

6:15 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Program

Open to the general public. There is no charge for dinner for active WCMS members.
Dinner for retired members, non-members, and guests is $35.

For reservations call the Society Office at 734-668-6241, or register via e-mail at wcms@msms.org.

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