Boy, what a year 2017 was! If you watched or listened to the news or overheard your co-workers, you can agree there was a lot going on. At the Oakland County Medical Society, we also had a busy year: collaborating with other organizations, bringing education to our members, and continuing our support of public health issues like the opioid crisis. For our last blog of 2017, we wanted to give you a final legislative update and plans for 2018.
Auto No-Fault – House Bill 5013, supported by Major Duggan, was defeated in the House in November. The bill sought to end Michigan’s law requiring motorists to purchase unlimited medical coverage for injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Opponents of the bill, including the Michigan State Medical Society and Michigan Health & Hospital Association felt it would leave patients vulnerable if they did not have full-coverage and were involved in an accident. For more information, click here.
Opioid Crisis – Oakland and Wayne County executives filed a joint lawsuit in October against 12 pharmaceutical companies for alleging they are a main driver in the opioid epidemic because of their deceptive marketing and sale of opioids to treat chronic pain which they have greatly profited from. For more information on the lawsuit, click here.
Senate Bill 274 – Introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg, this bill limits prescription written for acute pain to 7-days. Click here for more information.
Senate Bills 166 and 167 – Would require all prescribers who prescribe Schedule 2 through Schedule 5 controlled substances to review a Michigan Automated Prescription System, or MAPS report prior to issuing a prescription for a controlled substance. Click here for more information.
Events for 2018
We’re going to start 2018 off with two events for our practice managers. The first one will be our quarterly meeting on Tuesday, January 23rd with Jodi Schafer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP from Human Resource Management Services, LLC. She will talk about solutions to help you manage your practice, comply with regulations and create a work environment that attracts and retains high quality staff.
Next is a MAP/MIPS Update for 2018 on the morning of Tuesday, January 30th. This will be presented by Michigan Peer Review Organization (MPRO). For information on this event and the practice manager meeting, click here.
Other possible offerings in 2018 include:
- Human Trafficking CME course
- Medical Liabilities
- Financial Advising for Physicians
- Physician Parent Group
We will also be sending out in January a member survey to see what benefits such as education, you would like OCMS to offer. Please either look for the survey link in your email or a paper copy if we do not have a current email for you.
Lastly, a reminder that as we commence the year 2018, we hope that you will continue your membership with us by renewing your dues. We truly appreciate your commitment to organized medicine and value the trust you put in us to assist you in the practice of medicine.
So, from all of us at the Oakland County Medical Society, we wish you a wonderful holiday and many good things to come in the new year!