Legislative action & community outreach since 1827
The WCMS E-Newsletter is a bimonthly publication highlighting major medical, public health, and community issues affecting physician and medical student leaders in Washtenaw County. Distribution occurs every other Thursday and is a unique benefit of WCMS membership. Past editions are available on the WCMS website.
COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 statistics as of Tuesday, November 10* or Wednesday, November 11:

Looking for COVID-19 testing sites in Washtenaw County? Follow this link.
WCMS Legislative Committee: Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 AM

WCMS members are encouraged to join the Legislative Committee on Monday, November 16 from 7:30 - 9:00 AM. Legislators typically in attendance include: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Senator Jeff Irwin, and State Reps. Donna Lasinski and Yousef Rabhi. A final list of legislator RSVPs will be available on the WCMS website. Items included on the November agenda include prior authorization reform, COVID-19, telehealth parity, and more.

Follow this link to access the meeting. Agenda and material details are available on the WCMS website here.
WCMS Membership Session: COVID-19 and Public Health on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 PM

WCMS members are encouraged to join the November membership event entitled "COVID-19 and Public Health" with representatives from the Washtenaw County Health Department, Jimena Loveluck, MSW and Juan Marquez, MD, MPH. This session is open to all WCMS members. Attendees will be voting on the 2021 slate of officers (Executive Council and delegates t the MSMS House of Delegates). Interested in WCMS leadership service? Submit your interest here.

To register for the session, please please click here. A meeting link will be distributed to attendees prior to Tuesday, November 17.
WCMS COVID-19 Workgroup: Thursday, November 19 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 UM Public Health epidemiologists. To access recordings and resources from past meetings, please follow this link.

WCMS members are encouraged to join the next virtual meeting on November 19 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please contact the Society Office for login credentials.
Leadership Opportunities at WCMS
Submit by Nov. 16 for 2021 Service

WCMS Executive Council
The Executive Council is the voting body that supervises the function and activities of WCMS. Council members determine annual events, legislative priorities, and community outreach directives. The Executive Council now meets virtually the first Thursday of each month.

Delegate/Alternate to the MSMS HOD
The House of Delegates (HOD) is the official policy-making body of MSMS. Resolutions are the vehicles used to debate and determine the policies, priorities, and direction of MSMS. Each year, WCMS physician and medical student members serve as delegates, review resolutions, testify in reference committees, and vote on important policy decisions.

WCMS Committees and Task Forces
Each committee meets approximately three-four times annually and members are simply asked to share a passion for the subject and interest in learning skills in the field.
  • COVID-19 Workgroup
  • Environmental/Climate Change Task Force
  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Programming Committee

To sign-up and learn more about these leadership opportunities, please follow this link
WCMS Sends Letter to Michigan Leaders in Support of State and Local COVID-19 Public Health Measures

As part of the evolving conversation from the dedicated COVID-19 Workgroup, WCMS distributed an open letter to Michigan leaders in support of state and local COVID-19 public health measures. The letter includes support for the Washtenaw County Health Department's work and various funding requests

To view the letter, please click here.
Stay Engaged on Climate Action

Voices for Carbon Neutrality (VCN) is a group focused on moving UM toward carbon neutrality, with involvement of a member of our own Climate Crisis Task Force. VCN is sponsoring a series of webinars on climate change:

Anyone wanting ideas for involvement on climate change may contact Larry Junck, MD at ljunck@umich.edu.
E/M Coding Update for 2021: Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8:30 AM

WCMS members are invited to learn about the 2021 E/M guidelines for office and other outpatient service codes 99202-99215. Speaker Betsy Nicoletti, MS, CPC will provide a virtual, high-level overview on Tuesday, December 8 from 8:30 - 9:45 AM.

This virtual event is being hosted by sister county, the Oakland County Medical Society (OCMS). All WCMS members are invited free of charge with registration here. Attendees may submit questions in advance.
Providing Quality Care in the Last Decade of Life Course: Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 7:45 AM
Community Voice: Ascension St. John Hospital

Register to attend the virtual "Providing Quality Care in the Last Decade of Life" Zoom course presented by the Department of Family Medicine sponsored by the Continuing Medical Education of Ascension St. John Hospital, Detroit.

Program objectives:
  • increase conversations about advance care planning between patients and clinicians;
  • decrease polypharmacy and unnecessary medications in elderly and patients at the end of life;
  • increase patient and clinician satisfaction in end of life care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please register online at: ascension-mi.regfox.com/providing-quality-care. Once you have registered, you will receive a Zoom link to the Webinar.
Physician Financial Podcast: The Physician's Guide to Financial Wellness
Community Voice: MD Wealth Management, LLC

Are you in the market for a podcast aimed at helping your physician career and personal finances? Look no further than the Physician's Guide to Financial Wellness. Washtenaw County-based financial planners Trent DeBruin and Andrew Musbach cover important financial topics in a manageable 15-30 minute timeframe. All episodes are free! Recent topics include:
  • How to Know if you're on Track for Retirement/Financial Independence
  • 6 Ways to Save Taxes as an Employed Physician
  • The Best Way to Save for College as a Michigan Physician

MD Wealth Management is an independent, fee-only financial planning and wealth management firm serving clients in the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas, as well as remotely. We specialize in working with physicians who want help managing their financial lives. We are fiduciary financial advisors and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals who do not sell products or receive commissions.

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 Washtenaw County Medical Society has been the leading physician medical association for legislative action and community outreach since 1827. WCMS collaborates with the Michigan State Medical Society to optimize patient, physician, and community well-being through professional support; public health activism; and advocacy for excellence in patient care.