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August 2021
 
Member Requested Resource: Finding Real Estate for Private Practice

Carr Healthcare Realty has provided three educational articles for WCMSSM members to read more about acquiring real estate for private practice. 

To read the article click on the title below:

It is that time of the year again! Those interested in serving on the Board of Directors must also self-nominate to serve as a delegate. There is no deadline to indicate your interest as a delegate, but to serve on the board your interest must be expressed by August 5th. 

The Responsibilities of a Delegate include:

-  Attending Delegate Body meetings (Dec/Jan/Feb in person unless determined to be virtual)

-  Attending the MSMS House of Delegates April 30 – May 1, 2022 (in-person unless determined virtual)

-  Voting for the Board of Directors

-  Option to serve on the Board of Directors (Service optional and winners determined by ballot vote)

Additionally, per our bylaws, you must serve as a delegate in order to serve on the board of directors. If you wish to be considered for the board of directors, you may also indicate this on the form.

As a reminder, 15 delegates will be elected to serve a one-year term on the board. The bylaws require that the board must consist of at least 5 young physicians (under the age of 45), and no more than 5 active emeritus members.

To self-nominate to serve as a delegate, and as a member of the Board of Directors, please complete the form here. 

We will be keeping our member resource request survey open for a while longer

Thank you to everyone who has provided their feedback on what they want out of their medical society membership, what resources they would want us to provide, and what their current frustrations are.

If you would like to submit your own feedback please complete the quick and anonymous  survey here. 
Save the Date - President's Gala on Friday, September 24th.  

The WCMS Foundation cordially invites you to attend the 2021 President's Gala honoring our 138th President, Dr. Alireza Meysami. The event will take place the evening of Friday, September 24th at the Detroit Golf Club. 

Keep an eye on your inbox for the announcement that tickets are on sale!
Legislative Updates and Alerts
 
The Michigan House and Senate began their in-district summer work period in early July. Legislative activity will be limited until they return in the fall. The next WCMSSM Legislative Committee meeting will be held on Friday, September 17 at 6:30 pm. To RSVP to attend, please register at the link at the bottom. Here are some topics we will cover:

Michigan Auto No-Fault Changes Enacted
On July 2, two portions of the 2019 auto no-fault law went into effect, which included a 45% reduction in the amount insurance companies will reimburse providers for care that isn't covered under the federal Medicare Act, and a 56 hour a week cap on family members providing care. In order to fix this, a number of legislative options have been proposed, including House Bill 4486 and Senate Bill 314, which offer budget-neutral solutions that would enable the continued care of survivors, will adjust brain injury rehabilitation, home care, and other therapy services to align with the fee schedule reimbursement cap of 200% of the Medicare reimbursement rate. Click here to take action now!
 
Prior Authorization Reform Legislation
Senate Bill 247 introduces transparency and clinical validity requirements that would protect Michigan patients from costly and dangerous delays in access to health care. The Health Can’t Wait Act would establish:
  • Transparency – Insurance company prior authorization requirements will be publicly published on the insurer’s website in detail and in easily understandable language.
  • Clinical validity – Clinical review criteria is based on current peer-reviewed evidence and individuals with a financial stake in the outcome of prior authorization decisions are prohibited from the decision-making process.
  • Fairness for patients – Urgent and non-urgent prior authorization requests must be acted upon in a timely manner and clinicians and patients are properly notified of new or amended prior authorization requirements.
Encourage your legislators to support SB 247 by clicking here!

To RSVP to attend the WCMSSM upcoming virtual legislative forum please click here. 
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