RSVP for Next General Session Tuesday, February 28, 2012 ““Meeting Your ‘Meaningful Use’ Potential.”

WCMS Members –

Submitted By Sallie Schiel

This is a reminder that our next General Session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2012. 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 on “Meeting Your ‘Meaningful Use’ Potential.”  Dara J. Barrera, MSMS Membership and Business Development Consultant, and Stacey P. Hettiger, MSMS Manager, Health Care Delivery, will be the presenters.

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:

  • Provide overview on the history of federal electronic health record (EHR) incentives
  • Participants will have an understanding of the Medicare/Medicaid EHR incentive programs, who is eligible, and how to qualify
  • Provide an understanding of what comprises “meaningful use” of EHR technology and what resources are available

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


— Sallie Schiel

Executive Director
Washtenaw County Medical Society
123 N. Ashley, Suite 121
Ann Arbor, MI  48104

Phone:  (734)668-6241

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Sign Petition Urging Governor to Veto Helmet Repeal

A link to the petition is here. Click on this link to SIGN THE PETITION!

This is what you will be signing (and 238 other Michiganders have already signed so far)

Veto Helmet-Law Repeal to Protect Heads and Michigan’s Bottom Line


I just signed the following petition addressed to: Governor Snyder.

Dear Governor Snyder:

I urge you to veto any legislation that may reach your desk that would repeal or significantly weaken our state’s current all-rider motorcycle helmet law. The current bill is SB 291. I am deeply concerned at the possibility of eroding Michigan’s current safety standards.

The research is clear, overwhelming, and undeniable. Every reputable safety research organization in the world supports the use of helmets. The evidence is so overwhelmingly conclusive that there is an ethical obligation to protect and ensure the safety of our citizens by keeping the current all-rider helmet law in place.

It is my hope that you will heed the advice of the traffic-safety experts we citizens have paid to study this issue and that you will make your decision based on fact, solid research, and expert opinion—not on emotion, lobbyist-group desires, or false and misleading information.

Repeal of helmet laws results in increased deaths, injuries, and costs to society. The emotional toll on Michigan citizens who lose a friend or loved one in a motorcycle crash has a steep financial counterpart that we all pay. An unhelmeted rider killed or injured in a crash cannot claim that “it only affects me.” Therefore the helmet issue is NOT a simple matter of “freedom of choice”; instead, it is part of a much more complicated citizen-safety effort, and our best effort must include a mandatory helmet law covering all riders.

Repealing our helmet law will place an enormous financial burden on the citizens of Michigan—a burden that will continue to mount year after year to pay for the additional costs. Motorcyclists in crashes are better off with helmets on. Michigan is better off with motorcyclists who wear helmets. Again, I urge you to veto any legislation that would repeal our current lifesaving and dollar-saving all-rider motorcycle helmet law.

[Your name]

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President’s Message: MEMBERSHIP…It’s Our Future!

By Cynthia Hegg Krueger, MD – President WCMS and Staff Pathologist VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

In recent years, the Washtenaw County Medical Society teeters on retaining our third district director on the MSMS Board. This is just one example of how membership numbers affect the representation and your voice in organized medicine. As has been said many times, there is strength in numbers. At this juncture, I think some exploration of the current concept and benefits of membership are in order.

Membership is a basic human need. Abraham Maslow, a pioneer in the field of psychology, purported the need to belong was a major source of human motivation. He identifies it as one of the basic human needs, along with the physiologic needs, safety, self-esteem, and self-actualization.

 Physicians, as a group, tend to be ruggedly independent types, but in these rapidly changing economic times, I believe we need to carefully reevaluate the benefits of physician membership in organized medicine. The current trend is that, more and more, physicians are in employed arrangements rather than independently owned practices. We need to reevaluate the advantages that large physician groups, dare I say labor unions, hold for us. Such large organizations have as one of their core responsibilities the pursuit of the interests of their members. What groups to which you belong promulgate the best  interests of physicians in general, professionally, politically, and economically? We all belong to various professional organizations, which provide academic and specialty-directed political support. But, in this regard, and in this day and age, size matters, and the banding together of physicians from all specialty areas is a worthwhile asset.

So, with that, how are WCMS, MSMS, and the AMA best able to give their members better bang from their bucks than any other physician group(s) to which a doc can belong today?

 We all know the elephant in the room…. “money talks.” Those who tend to gain in the political system donate $$ to those who are in a position to write legislation advancing their causes. A prime example just hit us three years ago – the financial sector had systematically lobbied the US Congress for the last several decades to pass laws allowing the greedy activity that occurs on Wall Street to be legal. They developed a large and financially powerful lobby organization to accomplish this. For additional details, I refer you to a recent documentary film, “Inside Job.” We, as physicians, need to value this important venue of influence. I recall reading the statistic that for every $7 a doctor gives to lawmakers; a lawyer gives $1000. It behooves all of us to finance some degree of political activity. If you are unable to sit on the board at the AMA, MSMS, or WCMS, that’s fine, but subsidize that lack of involvement with your dollars. Give as generously as you can to these groups so they can exert influence on your behalf. At the very least, part of your membership dues to organized medicine will be used for advancing the group’s political agenda.

However, it really isn’t ALL about how much $$ you have to throw at the cause. How about our current president’s, Mr. Obama, meteoric rise to the presidency in 2008 on the  groundswell of a grassroots movement? Many citizens went online and donated $5, $10, $25, or $50, and look what happened? Membership in the larger physician organizations provides information for you to become politically active, which can be as simple as visiting the MSMS Action Center link online to contact your legislator with your opinion on a matter. When legislators get a volume of response about a particular issue, it influences them. For practice, go to the MSMS Action Center online and encourage our state lawmakers to vote against the bill that would repeal Michigan’s mandatory motorcycle helmet law. You can also call Governor Snyder’s constituent phone line (517-335-7858), and voice your opinion regarding the bill proposing the repeal of this lifesaving and money saving law. As long as we live in a democratic society, where we all get a vote, this will continue to be the case.

As events continue to change our current realities as physicians, I hope you agree that membership in the larger collective organization benefits physicians and ultimately their patients. So help by encouraging your colleagues to become members of WCMS and MSMS and renew your membership. (Contact Sallie Schiel, WCMS Executive Director, at 734-668-6241 or for assistance in becoming a member.)