WASHTENAW COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY
Legislative action & community outreach since 1827
COVID-19 Information

In accordance with Executive Order 2020-147 beginning Monday, July 13:
  • individuals are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space
  • individuals are required to use face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces
  • no business that is open to the public may provide service to a customer or allow a customer to enter its premises, unless the customer is wearing a face covering, with limited exceptions
  • willful violations subject to a $500 criminal penalty.

COVID-19 statistics as of Wednesday, July 15:
WCMS Virtual County-Wide COVID-19 Workgroup - Thursday, July 16 at 6:00 PM

Since March, WCMS has convened regular COVID-19 teleconferences to discuss resource allocation, emergency preparedness, and tracking and tracing among Washtenaw's health systems and physician leaders. The workgroup is led by University of Michigan infectious diseases specialist and WCMS Executive Council member Sandro Cinti, MD. The workgroup also receives updates and modeling data from University of Michigan Public Health epidemiologists Marisa Eisenberg, PhD, MS and Emily Martin, PhD, MPH via their MI Safe Start COVID-19 dashboard. To access recordings of past meetings, follow this link with the password "stopthespread".

WCMS members are encouraged to join the next virtual meeting on July 16 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please contact the Society Office for login credentials.
MSMS Nominations for BCBSM Board of Directors Provider Seat Due Friday, July 17

With the transition of James D. Grant, MD, from a BCBSM Board member to the Chief Medical Officer position, BCBSM has requested that MSMS submit two nominees for consideration to join the BCBSM Board for the remainder of Dr. Grant’s unexpired term (through May 2022).
 
Applicants should provide the following information in a letter to the Selection Committee. 
  1. Name, address, phone, fax, e-mail, specialty, hospital affiliation.
  2. Please describe your practice pattern or professional setting.
  3. Please list other affiliations – hospital, medical, community, corporations, foundations, boards, committees.
  4. Please explain why you think you would be a good member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Board of Directors.
  5. Please describe any prior experience and expertise in interacting with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan or dealing with payer issues.
  6. Incumbents – please include your attendance at Board and Committee meetings, appointments to Board positions, and a self-evaluation of your effectiveness.
  7. Additional Comments.

A summary of the criteria for applicants, nomination process, and selection committee is linked via Dropbox here . Applications and questions may be submitted directly to Rebecca Blake at  rblake@msms.org  or at (517) 336-5729.
Washtenaw County "Cannabis In Practice" Webinars

Mark your calendars for the newly launched "Cannabis in Practice" webinars for medical professionals hosted by the Washtenaw County Health Department and WCMS.

Rolling Dates : Six, 1.5 hour virtual lunch sessions, August-September 2020

More details and forthcoming. To sign-up for alerts, please click here . To see highlights and resources from the 2019 event,  please click here .
MSMS On-Demand Webinars for Members

Access webinars on a range of issues including COVID-19, financial support for practices, telemedicine, medical marihuana, and more! For the full list, please click here .

After registering for any webinar, members will receive an email within 15 minutes, sent to the email address on file, with the URL, video, and if applicable, the URL of a short survey to take after viewing the video. Completion of the survey is required to earn any applicable CME credits.
Paycheck Protection Program Loans Re-Opened Through August 8, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The PPP resumed accepting applications on July 6, 2020. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. If you wish to begin preparing your application, you can download a copy of the  PPP borrower application form  to see the information that will be requested from you when you apply with a lender. 

The Michigan District Office information is linked here , which includes free upcoming webinars and resources, and local Washtenaw assistance can be found using a zip code search here .
How to Leverage Your Side Income as an Employed Physician
Community Voice: MD Wealth Management, LLC

Access the full blog post here : "While many employed physicians earn side income from things like moonlighting, consulting, speaking, and writing, few are aware of the additional options this income provides when it comes to financial planning. These valuable opportunities include the chance to save more on taxes, save more for retirement, and even consolidate old employer retirement accounts more efficiently. In this post, we’ll discuss each in more detail and explain how to take advantage of them."

About MD Wealth Management :  We are a  financial planner near Ann Arbor  that specializes in providing  financial planning for physicians  and retirees. We are  CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professionals and  fiduciary financial advisors  who operate on a fee-only basis, which means we do not sell financial products or collect commissions. We enjoy working with clients both locally and remotely.

Contact Trent DeBruin , MBA, CFA, CFP® and Andrew Musbach , CFP® via email or phone (734) 433-9600 for financial assistance today.
*Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of members, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Washtenaw County Medical Society.
The WCMS Office has resumed modified business operations as of Monday, June 15. To schedule an appointment, or for questions, please contact the Society Office via email or call (734) 668-6241.