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Highlights of the Executive Council Meeting Washtenaw County Medical Society • February 6, 2020
 Council Members Present: Drs. Richard Burney, WCMS Bulletin Editor; Sandro Cinti; Evelyn Eccles (Presiding Past President); Martha Gray; Terence Joiner; Charlie Koopmann; Sam Mackenzie; Juan Marquez; Joseph Nnodim; Robert Sain; Barbara Threatt; Jerry Walden; Alon Weizer; and Gabrielle Szlenkier.
upcoming “Business of Medicine” session on Feb- ruary 13. The session will focus on financial plan- ning, contract negotiation, and HR management. Attendees are asked to RSVP via the link circulated to the membership.
Dr. Marquez reviewed the handout provided prior to
the meeting. Along with Dr. Cinti, the Executive Council discussed the growing public health threat, coronavirus. Highlights include:
As of 1/25/20 , there have been 1535 laboratory con- firmed influenza cases in Washtenaw County. There have been 79 hospitalizations reported. No pediatric or adult deaths have been reported. As of 1/29/20, both influenza A and B are being diagnosed, with influenza B still pre- dominating. Influenza A H1N1 is also circulating.
Per MDHHS ( The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitor- ing an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Prov- ince, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coro- navirus, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.
Region 3’s representative, Dr. Koopmann, provided a summary of the MSMS Designated Director Nominating Committee’s work to prepare a slate of six candidates to serve on the MSMS Board of Directors at the 2020 House of Delegates. The seats are:
• Physician Organization Leader
• Independent Small Practice Physician
• Physician Serving as DIO/Representing GME Training
• Physician Leader from Health System;
• Physician Serving in Government/ Public Health Role; and,
• At-large Physician
Ms. Szlenkier reminded the Council that resolutions are due by March 1 to MSMS for HOD. The Council discussed
Additional Participants:
Joshua Bourque, Medical Student
CALL TO ORDER – Past President Eccles 6:30 p.m. INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS - Welcome
APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS – A motion was made to approve the agenda, meeting minutes
from January 9, and new members by Dr. Burney, seconded by Dr. Sain. All in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstained. Motion carried.
 After discussion and with the intent to unite the relation- ship with surrounding counties in Region #3 prior to the MSMS House of Delegates meeting, the Executive Council made a motion to extent honorary membership to Brad Uren, MD by Dr. Junck, seconded by Dr. Cinti. All in favor, 0 opposed, 0 abstained. Motion carried.
Washtenaw County Medical Society BULLETIN JANUARY / FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020
Membership Committee – Dr. Evelyn Eccles, Chair: Dr. Eccles provided an update on February members which included the U of M HOA mem- bers:
o Total: 891
• Medical Students: 116 • Residents: 66
• Retirees: 159
Legislative Committee – Dr. James Mitchiner, Chair: Dr. Mitchiner provided advocacy updates on state-wide advocacy efforts. WCMS is working on in conjunction with MSMS: unanticipated, out-of- network billing and prior authorization reform. S.B. 612, the prior authorization reform legislation, was heard in Committee on Thursday, January 30 be- fore the Health Can’t Wait Coalition. Dr. Mitchiner also reminded members to attend the Legislative Committee meeting on Monday, February 10 at WCMS beginning at 7:30 AM.
General Session / Program Task Force – Dr. Evangeline Spindler, Chair. Dr. Eccles promoted the

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