MDCH Director Lyon Addresses the MSMS Executive Council of Physician Organizations

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MDCH Director Lyon Addresses the MSMS Executive Council of Physician Organizations

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Executive Director Nick Lyon presented to the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Executive Council of Physician Organizations last week. Director Lyon provided exclusive updates and insights into the health care policy priorities of Governor Snyder. Physician leaders and CEOs from physician organizations throughout the state benefited from an intimate conversation on issues ranging from the status of the Healthy Michigan Plan, the proposal to move all Medicaid HMOs to a single prescription drug formulary, and the preparations to move from fee-for-service to fee-for-value under the State Innovation Model.

Physician leaders on the Executive Council of Physician Organizations also used the opportunity to share their experiences in practice directly to MDCH Executive Director Lyon in order to inform the administration’s strategic priorities. Those in attendance stressed the need for improved functionality of health information technology to decrease the costs of investing in systems that do not add any clinical value and reduce the interferences it causes in patient care. Physician leaders on the Executive Council also brought up the need for greater payment support of care management services to ensure the sickest or most chronic patients get the right care at the right time to avoid costly treatments and hospitalizations.

Director Lyon expressed the importance of working with MSMS and cited the long history of the organization’s involvement in shaping health policy in Michigan, including the creation of the public health department and more recently the support of the innovative Healthy Michigan Plan. Director Lyon told the Executive Council of Physician Organizations that the administration looked to MSMS as the voice of the medical profession when deliberating health policy objectives and reiterated the desire to work together on current issues such as the development of team-based care models.

The Executive Council of Physician Organizations is an entity of MSMS which advances quality improvement, clinical transformation and patient engagement in ways that maintain the sustainability of independent physician practice. Their partners include the Accountable Healthcare Alliance, Greater Macomb PHO, Huron Valley Physician Association, Northern Physician Organization, Oakland Southfield Physicians, Physician Healthcare Network, Professional Medical Corporation, Wayne State University Physician Group and West Michigan Physician Network.

For more information about the Executive Council of Physician Organizations, or to become a member, please call Joe Neller, Director of Integrated Physician Advocacy at 517-336-5775 or email at jneller@msms.org.