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MSMS: The Future of Medicine 2021

MSMS: The Future of Medicine 2021

Thursday, November 18, 2021

The practice of medicine has changed substantially in recent years, due to rapidly developing technologies, emerging research, and a renewed focus on racial equity and the social determinants of health (SDOH). Combine this with the tragic realities encountered with the emergence, spread and confrontation with the COVID-19 pandemic. As Michigan physicians and caregivers work to address these transformations, there’s never been a better time for us to look ahead and determine what the future of medicine in Michigan should be.

The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) invited Public Sector Consultants to conduct interviews with health care leaders, with a focus on physician voices, to gather input on the most pressing issues in health care, how to address those issues, and the policies needed to support those changes. We also invited input on ways MSMS can support Michigan physicians and improve health care.

MSMS received a tremendous amount of high-quality, actionable feedback. Some of the cross-cutting themes embedded in this research include:

  • Strong support for increased use of team-based and integrated care models and value-based and risk-based payment models
  • Recognition of the importance of SDOH and health equity to good medicine and a healthy population
  • Physician leadership as a requisite for meaningful change
  • The need for payer alignment and transparency to reduce administrative burden
  • The need for multidisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships to implement meaningful change

We also identified other key concerns for the future of health care, including the need for greater access, affordability, and quality.

Now that this visioning work and research has been completed, we are eager to share the results with you. To download the final report summarizing the process and findings, please visit

As leaders and advocates, we must use these findings to work together to achieve the results we want for your patients and your practices. The results we have compiled for you are designed to provide all of us with constructive, well-researched guidance so we can begin creating a shared future that is bright with promise.