Autumn Scientific Research Exhibit Competition

The MOA hosts a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) at both the Spring and Autumn Scientific Conventions. These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession. The SRE event demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms the profession's commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine.

The second of the two competitions will take place at the 12th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention on November 4-5 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The spring competition took place at the MOA's 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention and featured some great exhibits that set the stage for the Autumn convention.

There are prizes for two categories: research and case reports.
Last year's Autumn convention winner for research, and recipient of the $500 first place prize was Kelly Flynn, DO of Spring Lake, Michigan. The first place winner, and recipient of $200 for an outstanding case report was Shaiva Ginoya, DO of Warren, Michigan.

The deadline to submit is October 21st. Get all the rules and information you need to know on the MOA website: SRE Webpage

Save the Date for November 4-6, 2016
The 12th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention will be Nov. 4-6, 2016 at the beautiful Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Registration is available, click HERE
Exhibitor Prospectus is available, click HERE
As a part of the DO's Together program, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has created the "Transformation Academy," webinar series. The Transformation Academy provides web-based, blended and classroom style activities to MOA members. The Transformation Academy has webinars scheduled through September. For more information on the program schedule and to download materials from previous webinars, click HERE.

Next Webinar, July 27:
July 27 -  STARS and HEDIS 2016 Physicians are held responsible for providing preventive and chronic care services to their patients. The National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA's) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool used by payers to evaluate performance on many aspects of health care services rendered by physicians.  HEDIS consists of 75 measures across 8 domains of care and a tool by which payers determine the percentage of their members that are compliant with specific treatment protocols, such as ongoing activities to manage diabetes or other chronic conditions. Registration Link>
AOA HOD Town Hall on Opioids  featuring 
White House Drug Policy Director Michael Botticelli

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) hosted a live Town Hall event from their House of Delegates (HOD) in Chicago, IL. The live event featured White
House Drug Policy Director Michael Botticelli speaking on opioid abuse in America. For the first time, the AOA used the Facebook social media platform to "broadcast" the event live.

Botticelli thanked the AOA for their efforts and cooperation in fighting the opioid epidemic, noting the AOA has been a great partner with the White House. His comments reflected a growing urgency that is expanding among legislators and government officials. The director pointed out the recent legislative success is hollow, as the funding has not been agreed upon by Congress. Botticelli also noted that currently only 12% of the people who need treatment are receiving it.

The event was successful as Botticelli fielded questions, from both the audience and people online, ranging from issues about over prescription behavior to how DO's can treat people with pain with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and still get a fair reimbursement.  

The director has a perspective most government officials lack: he openly admits to being in recovery. Botticelli asked that others in recovery be open about their addiction as way to reduce the stigma that is associated with addicts.

Using social media was an excellent way to let others watch the Town Hall, as Tweets and Facebook posts were part of the conversation. The AOA employed the hashtag #AOAHOD on Facebook and Twitter. While the live broadcast was informative, the comments on social media were interesting as some sentiments raised in the discussion seemed to be repeated more than others. A consistent message was that the drug abuse stigma has created bad public policy.  

After Botticelli spoke, panelists took turns giving their perspectives and took questions from the audience. The panelists were
Clean Cass, DO, FAAFP, FAAHPM, Director of Community Care and Education, Hospice of Dayton Ohio
Anita Gupta, DO, Pharma, Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Drexel university
Ray Quintero, AOA Senior Vice President, Public Policy

Resource Links:
DO Honored with MHA Keystone Speak Up Award

Seth Raymond, DO, was recognized by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) and the MHA Keystone Center with the "MHA Keystone Speak-up!" award for speaking up about patient safety. The award is designed to recognize healthcare professionals who show commitment to keeping staff and patients safe. Dr. Raymond, an anesthesiologist at Bronson Methodist Hospital and Kalamazoo Anesthesiology PC., was given the award after raising concerns about a patient's ability to undergo a certain procedure after some abnormal test readings, despite the patient being already cleared for the procedure.

"Dr. Raymond is recognized for raising concerns about a patient's abnormal test reading and ability to undergo a medical procedure. Despite the patient having been approved for the procedure, Dr. Raymond chose to speak-up," said Sam R. Watson, MHA's senior vice president of patient safety and quality and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

Dr. Raymond also realizes the importance of speaking up when something is not right.
"I understand that speaking up is not easy for every person in every situation, so I appreciate how this award will remind and encourage hospital staff across the state to always raise concerns," Raymond said.

The MHA Keystone Speak-up! Award is presented quarterly, with one quarterly awardee recognized as an annual Speak-up! Award recipient. To learn more about the MHA Keystone Speak-up! Award, to review the award criteria or make a nomination, visit:
MACRA: AOA Offers Information & Resources

The Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act (MACRA) is designed to reward quality, rather than quantity, of care. While the changes will be rolled out gradually, the complexity can be daunting. The AOA has created a webpage with MACRA information and links to several valuable resources. The "Road Map to New Medicare System," offers a timeline of payment changes. While the changes can be confusing, the AOA is working hard to educate DO's on how to stay ahead of the changes. To visit the AOA MACRA page, click HERE.

Council of Interns and Residents Meeting July 28

Interns and Residents: Don't forget to join us Thursday, July 28th for the Council of Interns & Residents meeting. For those who can attend in person, we will be meeting at the MOA Headquarters at: 2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864.  There will be sandwiches served at 6:30pm, with the meeting beginning at 7pm.

Topics include:
MOA Strategic Plan Introduction
Report on AOA HOD in Chicago - Resident Delegates
Resident of the Year Award material review
Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 26th, indicating whether you will be attending in person or via Zoom.  We can accommodate 25 - 30 people in the Board room, and another 50 on Zoom.  We will, therefore, take participants as they sign in on a first come first serve basis.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact:
Terry Trombley
(517-347-1555 ext 100)
Vaccinations for Adults Vital for Healthy Community

On July 14, 2016, Kristy Malter, a 21 year old senior at Central Michigan University and Macomb County resident died from a case of bacterial meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord that leads to inflammation which requires immediate treatment and can be deadly. Often those who survive have brain damage or other disabilities. We at the MOA strongly encourage our members to keep all patients on vaccination schedules, adults included.

At this time of the year it is also crucial to make sure any of your patients who may be headed off to college in the fall are up to date on the meningitis vaccines.
"The bacteria are spread by exchanging respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit) during close (for example, coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact, especially if living in the same household" according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
This means your patient's chances of contracting bacterial meningitis is high living in such close contact with others in a dorm setting.
Adult Vaccinations Matter
Adult Vaccinations Matter

In 1994, Michigan had an immunization rate that ranked as the lowest in the nation. In response, a coalition of public and private sector organizations was formed - the Alliance for Immunizations in Michigan (AIM). AIM provides a number of online resources for both patient and provider.
For the AIM Tool Kit, click HERE.

Make sure all your patients are protected and on immunization schedules.

To learn more about bacterial meningitis check out the CDC Meningitis page 
2017 MOA Dues Notices
The MOA will send dues notices in early August. The notices will be sent via email and will allow online transactions through the MOA website:
We appreciate your continued support! #DOFamily #DOProud

Reminder: 95% of your MOA dues are tax deductible
News & Resource Links

AOA Offers MACRA Resources The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is designed to reward quality, rather than quantity, of care. The AOA has created a webpage with MACRA information and links to several valuable resources. The "Road Map to New Medicare System," offers a timeline of payment changes. While the changes can be confusing, the AOA is working hard to educate DO's on how to stay ahead of the changes  More>

McLaren Port Huron opens new Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute:
The new 15,000 square-foot Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has opened for patient care at McLaren Port Huron. The opening marks a new, sophisticated level of cancer services available to residents in St. Clair and Sanilac counties. More>

MSUCOM DO-PhD student publishes study method to improve IVF
Michael Strug, a seventh-year DO-PhD student who recently completed his PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology, has published a study in the journal Human Reproduction that could lead to improved success in human in vitro fertilization (IVF). More>
Two Sparrow hospitals recognized among 2016 Most Wired Hospitals
Sparrow Hospital in Lansing has been named one of the nation's top Most Wired Hospitals, following the continued success of iSparrow, its electronic medical record system. Sparrow Carson Hospital in Carson City was also recognized among the Most Wired small and rural hospitals in the country. More>
Sen. Debbie Stabenow and two other U.S. Senators push for increase lead poisoning testing for children.
Three U.S. Senators have drafted a letter to urge the CMS to improve U.S. blood lead testing rates they called "dismal," and to ensure all state Medicaid programs comply with testing rules and provide treatment for children with elevated blood lead levels. More>

MSUCOM students take top two spots at the Annual Statewide Campus System Research Poster Day 
MSUCOM students Esther Liu and Adam Bezinque took home first and second place awards, respectively, in the student division of the third annual Statewide Campus System (SCS) Research Poster day. More>

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@MichiganDOs on Twitter

Did you know the Michigan Osteopathic Association is on Twitter? Join over 1,300 followers in getting all the information you need about DOs and healthcare in Michigan by following them on their account, " @MichiganDOs". See original MOA content as well as content from our strategic partners like Sparrow, McLaren and Beaumont. Content focuses on issues like the opioid crisis, digitalization of healthcare, vaccination advocacy, MACRA and much more. The Twitter feed is also available on the MOA website, on the right hand side, so you do not even need an account to stay up to date and informed.
In Memoriam

April 7, 2016 saw the passing of Daniel Graham, DO

Feb. 15, 2016 saw the passing of Howard Rossman, DO
Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Gerald Reznick, DO
Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Jack Lighton, DO
Feb. 3, 2016 saw the passing of Norman Decker, DO

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click  HERE.
The MOA Pulse is a member benefit for sharing news and events. If you have any news items you would like to share, or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association

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