Over the weekend of April 30-May 1, the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) House of Delegates (HOD) gathered in Kalamazoo to address 60 resolutions and four Board Action Reports, elect new officers and representatives, and celebrate the installation of Thomas J. Veverka, MD, FACS, as MSMS President.
The HOD is MSMS’s policy making body and resolutions are one of the key avenues for setting policy. Approximately 200 Delegates, Alternate Delegates, MSMS Board Members, and staff were in attendance to ensure the successful discussion of timely issues of concern to MSMS members and their patients. Resolutions were considered by five Reference Committees – Medical Care Delivery; Legislation; Internal Affairs and Bylaws; Public Health; and, Scientific and Educational Affairs. Testimony was received on a variety of issues including protecting the physician-patient relationship, social determinants of health, mental health needs, health care professional shortages, safety and accident prevention, membership data and recruitment, and many others. Below are some key policies and directives adopted during the meeting.
HOD Resolution Highlights
- MSMS will work with appropriate stakeholders to expand pediatric mental health capacity in Michigan, along with raising awareness of the Michigan Child Care Collaborative and available services. (01-22)
- Clinically accurate, non-stigmatizing, person-first terminology when referring to the disease of addiction will be encouraged and MSMS will incorporate such terminology in future communications and publications, as well as update existing policies in the MSMS Policy Manual. (04-22)
- Identifying remedies to rebalance the supply and demand equation for primary care physicians by 2030 will be included in MSMS’s practice sustainability work. (06-22)
- MSMS will support a permanent, expanded, and refundable child tax credit.(07-22)
- MSMS is directed to engage in collaborative efforts with other stakeholders to identify common goals and objectives for improved synergy and advancement of physician leadership roles in local and state health departments. (27-22)
- MSMS will work to achieve easily accessible, public transparency of practice agreements between physicians and non-physician providers, in the form of website and/or marketing material disclosures, so that patients may be informed of the credentials of their entire care team. (29-22)
- Reestablishing the MSMS Membership Committee. (45-22)
- Advocating for the inclusion of annual, voluntary K-12 mental health screening that is evidence-based and age appropriate within all Michigan Public Schools. (56-22)
The HOD action on all resolutions and Board Action Reports can be found in the 2022 House of Delegates FINAL Report. Questions regarding the 2022 MSMS HOD should be directed to Rebecca Blake.