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 left) and have placed an event calendar both in the right sidebar. (A larger calendar can be accessed by clicking on the link at the top left.)

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 that arguably ranks with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as one of the most important anti-discrimination statutes ever enacted.

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Voices of our members!

Posted by Will Meurer

Dr. Mitchiner has recently had commentaries published.

In this piece on, he discusses the recent proposal to replace Medicare with a federal voucher system.

In a separate piece – he marks the anniversary of some important federal regulation pertaining to emergency care.

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 up to $44,000 over five years. Medicaid incentives are up to $63,750 over six years but require a threshold of 30 percent Medicaid encounters (20 percent for pediatricians).  Read the rest of this entry »

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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 referred to the State Senate Committee on Health Policy.

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

May 17 General Session!

Submitted By Sallie Schiel, Executive Director MSMS

The next General Session is scheduled for
Tuesday, May 17, 2011.  The program is being held at the Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor.  The Social hour will begin at 6:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:45 p.m., and the program at 7:30 p.m.
The evening’s program is the “Reforming Cardiovascular Healthcare in the United States – Why, What, When, and How?” Kim A. Eagle, MD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine; Albion Walter Hewlett Professor, Internal Medicine; and Clinical Director, Cardiovascular Center; University of Michigan Health System.

The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The MSMS designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) .  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with 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.

The following are the educational objectives of the program:
* To identify the economic and social forces driving health care reform
* To evaluate palpable methods by which prevention and cardiovascular care quality can be improved
* To recognize clear ways by which we can reduce costs of cardiovascular care

The general session is supported by the Washtenaw County Medical Society and the MSMS Physicians Insurance Agency.

Please make your reservations with the Society Office at (734)668-6241
or email your response to wcmsATmsmsDOTorg.