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President's Message

Hello!  Happy Fall—and wow, what a summer it was.

This is my inaugural President’s Message for Bits and Pieces and I am honored to be the Board President for such an amazing group of professionals.  My sincere thanks to Rachel Grant for enabling a smooth transition of power and continuing to be my go-to with questions.

This year has certainly had significant challenges so far, and if predictions come true, the challenges will continue into the fall and winter.  Despite the challenges Covid19 has brought, MSHRM continues to strive to provide value to our membership:

The Board felt it was most important to reduce any barriers to our members and opted to waive all membership dues for the 2020-2021 term.

We are hoping both the Spring Meeting and Annual Meeting will be “in person” in 2021—but recognize that many steps must occur nationally before we can assume anything.  The in-person Fall Meeting has been cancelled and plans to continue monthly webinars are underway—check out the update from the Education Committee.

Don’t miss out on ASHRM this year!  Although the in-person conference was cancelled, the ASHRM 2020 Virtual Conference October 12-14 promises to bring many of the favorite speakers and topics from prior years to you virtually.  The site will also feature a virtual exhibit hall you can “walk” about to see the trendiest services and products.  The content from the conference will remain available on the ASHRM site until the end of 2020 and will provide up to 11.5 CEs/ASHRM credits.

Go to:  https://annual.ashrm.org/2020/registration.cfm

ASHRM also has a Webinar Series which launched October 1.  Several webinars are scheduled throughout the rest of the year.  This is another opportunity to earn CEs and ASHRM credits.

Go to:  https://www.ashrm.org/ashrm-webinar-series

Take care of yourself as this new reality becomes less new.  Thank you and have a safe fall.




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October Webinar

Register now for the MSHRM October Webinar at mshrm.org.  “Evaluating Peer-Professional Review Protections in the Event of Third Party Requests for Documentation” presented by Gregory Drutchas, JD and Elise Arsenault, JD. Learning objectives include, Establish the parameters for eligibility for peer-professional review protection. Identify common third party requests for documents that may be eligible for peer-professional review protection. Create practical action steps to respond to requests for documents to protect the organization.  The webinar will be Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.


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Education Committee Update

As you are all aware, COVID-19 has forced us all to adapt to a new world. While we are not able to meet face to face right now, we are able to continue to learn, adapt, grow professionally, and receive continuing education credits. In March we announced the 2020 Webinar Series which began in May and was scheduled to go through November (apart from no October webinar) in place of our Spring Program and Annual Meeting. The Education Committee has been continuously evaluating the situation surrounding COVID-19 as the health and safety of our members is our number 1 priority. The Education Committee and BOD had hoped to be able to hold the Fall Program in person this October at Michigan State University, however the difficult decision was made to cancel considering the ongoing risk of COVID-19. Instead, there will be an October and December webinar. While details are still being finalized, please keep an eye on your MSHRM email and www.mshrm.org for more information.

Understanding the rapid switch from in person events to virtual events prevented us from offering the number of continuing education credits (CEC) offered in the past, please know we are working diligently to ensure we can offer the same number of CECs in our current virtual environment as we have in past in-person events. For those of you who may be a few credits short for CPHRM, FASHRM or DFASHRM certification renewals we encourage you to take advantage of ASHRM’s Virtual Conference this year on October 12th, 13th and 14th. Please visit www.ASHRM.org for more information.

Thank you to our members for being flexible during this difficult time. We are excited to continue producing webinars with beneficial content while it is still unsafe to meet.

Michelle Tuckerman and Nonda Beaudry

MSHRM Education Committee Co-Chairs


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November Webinar

Save the Date for the MSHRM November Webinar!  November’s webinar will be on the topic of Service

Animals, presented by Lisa Luciano and Rachel Thompson.  The webinar will be on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.


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Membership Committee Update

The dedicated members volunteering on MSHRM’s Membership Committee have been hard at work on fulfilling one of our primary goals as a Committee: maintaining and increasing MSHRM Membership.  Due in large part to the hardships many individuals and healthcare organizations have been facing this year as a result of Covid-19, MSHRM membership has sadly declined over the past year.  However, the Board of Directors has generously acted to alleviate any financial obstructions to membership by voting to waive membership dues for this year.  As such, the Membership Committee has been promoting this year’s free membership across Michigan to encourage former MSHRM members and potential new members to check out all that MSHRM has to offer.  We would challenge each member of our MSHRM family to help spread the word and encourage any friends or colleagues within the field of healthcare risk management to check out the MSHRM website and sign up.  There is no better time to join then now!

Joslyn Iafrate and Jessica Creekmore

MSHRM Membership Committee Co-Chairs


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Sponsorship Committee Update

MSHRM Sponsorship Committee Report

This has been quite a year for us at MSHRM and for all of our members and sponsors.  Physical, mental, and economic impacts of COVID have truly led us all to modify our comfort zones while still striving to accomplish our personal and professional goals.  We, on the sponsorship committee, in conjunction with the Board, the Education Committee, and the Communications Committee, have worked diligently to adapt our efforts to provide the highest degree of value to our sponsors despite the limitations on our normal live events. 

We are very grateful for all of our sponsors that have supported MSHRM in these critical times.  Maintaining the highest quality of healthcare is dependent upon the highest quality of educational content.  Through our sponsors, MSHRM continues to be able to provide that accredited content, even though we have had to do so in a virtual format for the second half of our society’s annual year.  Here are those who were able to give in this past year, thank you!


MHA Keystone


Grant Settlements

Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge



Rhoades McKee


Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip


Duggan & Krueger



Tanoury, Nauts, McKinney & Garbarino

Eaton Rapids Medical Center

Cline, Cline & Griffin

US Legal Support

As many may know, MSHRM’s annual calendar has just turned over to our 2020-2021 year.  Over this past year, and despite the intrusion of a pandemic, our sponsors through February of this year helped us exceed the prior year’s sponsorship level at that time.  Understanding the difficulties for all thereafter, the committee suspended active efforts at pursuing additional sponsors and refocused efforts on ensuring value to those who had already contributed.  As a result, we did not quite reach our sponsorship goal last year, but through the assistance of those who were able to give, we were successful in coming close.

We are beginning our new sponsorship drive for this year and, as you may see in the coming weeks, we are back to offering our usual high value events for our sponsors to be showcased.  As all of us are, we are hopeful that our optimism about this coming year will prove correct.  Our best from the sponsorship committee to you and yours.  Our first order of business is the health and wellness of you all, and if you can help MSHRM in this coming year, please give what you can to help us continue to help the society in maintaining our high quality programs for you and your organization.

Rik Joppich and Bill Krueger

MSHRM Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs




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Communications Committee Update

The Communication Committee continues to actively work on the new website. 

The committee appreciates MSHRM member’s feedback and input on how we may better provide information on the website. 

As one of the smaller group we would love additional committee members, please feel free to reach out to either Phyllis Clark or Rebecca Luna if you would be interested in joining and would like to hear more information!

Rebecca Luna and Phyllis Clark

MSHRM Communications Committee Co-Chairs


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ASHRM Conference and Educational Opportunities

Don’t miss out on ASHRM this year!  Although the in-person conference was cancelled, the ASHRM 2020 Virtual Conference October 12-14 promises to bring many of the favorite speakers and topics from prior years to you virtually.  The site will also feature a virtual exhibit hall you can “walk” about to see the trendiest services and products.  The content from the conference will remain available on the ASHRM site until the end of 2020 and will provide up to 11.5 CEs/ASHRM credits.  Click on the button to register.

Don’t miss ASHRM’s Webinar Series!  Join ASHRM for in-depth live webinars led by subject matter experts. These hour-long programs will cover clinical/patient safety, legal/regulatory, enterprise risk management (ERM), risk financing and more. Each webinar is 1 hour in length and eligible for 1 CE credit towards your CPHRM Certification. Additional webinars will be announced throughout the remainder of 2020.  Click Here for more information or to register.


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2020-2021 MSHRM Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

Front Row (L to R): Phyllis Clark (Communication Committee Co-Chair), Jennifer Thorn (Director), Mark Hakim (President-Elect), Jenna Wright Greenman (Director, Government Issues Committee Co-Chair), Kathy Schaefer (President), Rachel Grant (Treasurer), Vanessa Mulnix, Michelle Tuckerman (Education Committee Co-Chair), Heather Schragg


Back Row (L to R): William Krueger (Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair), Joslyn Iafrate (Membership Committee Co-Chair), Karen Stein (Secretary), Saulius Polteraitis (Director), Richard Joppich (Director/Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair), Kristen Rifenbark (Past President)


Not pictured: Rebecca Luna-Rubante (Communication Committee Co-Chair),  Dean Etsios (Government Issues Committee Co-Chair), Nonda Beaudry (Education Committee Co-Chair)


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Upcoming Events

October Webinar

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

12:00—1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

November Webinar

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

12:00—1:00 pm

Zoom Meeting

December Webinar


Zoom Meeting



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Contact Information

Better Patient Care Through Awareness and Risk Reduction


PO Box 329, Lake Orion MI 48361-0329

Website:  www.mshrm.org | Phone: 248.558.3884| Email:  [email protected]


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