Earlier this week, the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Board of Directors heard a presentation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, discussed current legislation, MDPAC and the importance of MSMS's political action committee, and reviewed its audited financial statements.
Health Care Delivery:
BCBSM Presentation: As a part of MSMS’ payer advocacy efforts, the Health Care Delivery Board Committee regularly meets with health plans. At this meeting, Marc Keshishian, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Care Network, and Vice President, Health and Clinical Affairs, BCBSM, provided an overview of BCN’s business strategy and priorities for the year. The Committee had a productive discussion on BCN’s administrative programs and medical policy.
CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Final Rule: On November 1, 2018, CMS issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2019.
MSMS, the American Medical Association, and numerous other stakeholders submitted comments while the rule was under review. Several of the items for which MSMS and others advocated were considered favorably by CMS. Of most concern was CMS’ proposal to collapse the payment rates for eight office visit services for new and established patients down to two each. CMS modified and delayed this proposal.
MSMS Coding Program: MSMS developed a three-hour educational program, “Medical Necessity – Tips on Documentation to Prove It,” which was offered at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting and on Wednesday, March 6, at MSMS Headquarters. It will also be available in conjunction with the Spring Scientific Meeting on Thursday, May 16, at the DoubleTree, in Dearborn.
On-Demand Webinars: MSMS continues to provide on-demand webinars so MSMS members can earn CME on their own schedule, when it is convenient for them. There are currently 36 webinars available for members, with 25 of them at no cost.
House Bill 4026 -- Concealed Pistols in Gun-Free Zones
Introduced by Reps. Beau LaFave, Steven Johnson, and Gregory Markkanen on January 10, 2019
An act to regulate and license the selling, purchasing, possessing, and carrying of certain firearms, gas ejecting devices, and electro-muscular disruption devices; to prohibit the buying, selling, or carrying of certain firearms, gas ejecting devices, and electro-muscular disruption devices without a license or other authorization; to provide for the forfeiture of firearms and electro-muscular disruption devices under certain circumstances; to provide for penalties and remedies; to provide immunity from civil liability under certain circumstances; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state and local agencies; to prohibit certain conduct against individuals who apply for or receive a license to carry a concealed pistol; to make appropriations; to prescribe certain conditions for the appropriations; and to repeal all acts and parts of acts inconsistent with this act.
The MSMS Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose House Bill 4026.
MDPAC: The MSMS Board of Directors discussed the importance of the Michigan Doctors' Political Action Committee (MDPAC) and how important it is for the physician community to contribute. MDPAC can make its voice heard by supporting candidates that put the needs of physicians and patients above those of profiteering trial lawyers. We need your help. Please consider contributed to amplify the physician and patient voices by supporting MDPAC today.
Audit: The auditors reviewed the financial statements, which were given a clean, "unmodified opinion" by the auditing firm, the highest standard of audit.
Membership: The MSMS Board of Directors were also made aware of the positive trend in the society's membership, which is projected to show an increase for 2019.