ICMS Physicians Help Shape State Policy
Monday, July 15, 2019
A vital part of your membership is your ability help shape policy at both the state and national level. If there is an issue you are passionate about, your ICMS Board of Directors wants to hear from you.
In May, your delegation to the Michigan State Medical Society traveled to Kalamazoo to represent Ingham County at the MSMS House of Delegates. There, they joined more than 200 colleagues from across the state to debate and determine the policies, priorities, and direction of MSMS for the next 12 months and beyond.
Some of the timely issues addressed by this year’s 83 resolutions included:
- Supporting the implementation of naloxone box stations in high risk areas throughout the state
- Advocating for legislation to allow minors seeking vaccines to consent to vaccination in the absence of parental consent
- Calling for studies on the impact of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals on human health
- Allowing the sharing of Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) reports with patients, but prohibiting direct access by law enforcement without probable cause
- Supporting the repeal of prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment in addiction medicine
- Developing comprehensive telemedicine policy
- Advocating for pay equity for female physicians
- Encouraging the use of more neutral terminology such as “allow natural death” over terms that are viewed more negatively when discussing advance care planning and end of life care decisions.
- Supporting AMA policy H-60.906 – “Opposing the Detention of Migrant Children”
After thorough consideration by the HOD Reference Committees and final action by the full HOD, 60 resolutions moved forward as policy and/or directives for action: four were approved under the Reaffirmation Calendar Report and MSMS policies related to prior authorization, marijuana, and firearms were reaffirmed; and 14 resolutions were disapproved.
If you would like additional information regarding reference committee reports, current and past resolutions, etc., please visit http://MSMS.org/HOD.
Do you have an issue or concern that you would like to see addressed? Or would you like to serve as a Delegate for ICMS? Please contact the ICMS office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-336-9019.