The MOA will host the 15th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Nov. 8 - 10, 2019. Network with colleagues, visit the Scientific Research Exhibit Competition and visit with exhibitors during a compelling and educational weekend. This event has seen tremendous growth since its humble beginnings in 2004. Educational CME opportunity to earn 24-26 AOA Category 1-A credits. The MOA has a limited number of rooms reserved with a group rate discount at the Amway Grand Plaza (link is below).
New Study Confirms the Many Positive Benefits of Participation in the LoveYourBrain Yoga Series

A recent study conducted on the LoveYourBrain Yoga Series confirms the many positive benefits that traumatic brain injury survivors and caregivers gain through participation in the program.
The recent study included 1,563 participants, including individuals from the Lansing area. Eligible participants included traumatic brain injury survivors and caregivers, ages 15-17, ambulatory, and capable of gentle exercise and group discussion.

The study found significant improvements in resilience, positive affect and well-being, and cognition among the participants. The study concluded that LoveYourBrain is feasible and acceptable and may be an effective mode of community-based rehabilitation for brain injury survivors and caregivers.
Professional snowboarder and Olympian, Kevin Pearce, who suffered a nearly fatal brain injury while training for the 2010 winter Olympics, started LoveYourBrain Yoga. LoveYourBrain’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people affected by traumatic brain injury through programs that build community and foster resilience. LoveYourBrain improve lives, creates community, and optimizes the health of everyone they reach through yoga, meditation, and mindfulness programs.
Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center was the first LoveYourBrain Clinical Affiliate in the nation. Origami offers the FUNdamental Yoga Series at no cost to brain injury survivors and caregivers. The specialized yoga practice targets relaxation, breathing, and strengthening of the body and mind. Following each session, a group discussion focuses on various themes such as mindfulness, resilience, and gratitude. Origami’s sessions are modified to all skill levels.
MPRO Peer review
Qualified Physician Reviewers Needed

MPRO (Michigan Peer Review Organization) is the federally-designated health care Quality Improvement Organization in Michigan. In addition to its long-standing contracts with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Michigan Medicaid program, MPRO also holds contracts with various entities for independent medical reviews.

MPRO’s physician review panel currently consists of approximately 150 specialists and 40 additional physicians in various healthcare fields.
Panel members review cases where there is a concern regarding:
  • Quality of care
  • Medical necessity for a device, drug, procedure or test; or
  • Necessity for hospital admission
Reviews can be completed electronically off-site. Compensation is currently $100 an hour, but the true value is the satisfaction physicians receive in protecting the integrity of their specialty by doing medically legitimate peer review.

If you are interested in serving on MPRO’s physician review panel, please contact James Mitchiner, MD, MPH, MPRO medical director, at (248) 465-7313 or
Michigan Rural Care Threatened by Budget Vetoes

In Lansing, budget negotiations continue after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer line-item vetoed funding passed by the Michigan Senate and House that would take key strides in protecting and improving access and quality of care for Michigan residents. The budget passed by the Legislature would create a more sustainable, long-term funding environment for hospitals by ensuring Medicaid reimbursements are closer to the cost of providing care and protecting vital safety net services and care in Michigan’s most remote areas.

We need your help as we work with lawmakers to work toward a solution that would allow hospitals to be reimbursed by Medicaid for services at a rate closer to the full cost of care, fully funds the Healthy Michigan Plan and maintains support for the Rural Access Pool and Obstetrics Stabilization Fund. This would create a more sustainable, long-term funding environment for hospitals and also protect vital safety net services and care in Michigan’s most remote areas.

 What you can do:  Please take a moment to write  your lawmaker  and  the governor and ask them to support improving healthcare funding as they continue budget negotiations so that every community in Michigan can continue to access the healthcare services they need.

Also, ICYMI:  Check out the hospitals featured in the #MiRuralCareMatters campaign. The #MiRuralCareMatters campaign,  launched earlier this year , highlights the more than 60 hospitals that serve thousands of Michiganders in rural areas who have unique health needs and challenges. The public education campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact Michigan’s rural hospitals have on the communities they serve and the challenges they face. The campaign has featured:
Thank you again for being a MiCare Champion and showing to lawmakers that #MiCareMatters!

The 15 most in-demand specialties in 2019 and their base salaries, according to physician recruiters

Recruiters are looking for physicians in 15 specialties. Is yours among the most wanted?
Family physicians are the most sought-after specialists by employers using physician recruiters in 2019, noted Merritt Hawkins, a physician staffing agency, in a recent  report  on physician recruiting.

To prepare the report, Merritt Hawkins examined data from over 3,100 permanent physician and advanced practitioner search assignments at Merritt Hawkins and its sister staffing agencies, Kendal & Davis and Staff Care.

This is 13th consecutive year that family physicians were the most requested by employers. It is also the fourth year running that psychiatry landed in the No. 2 slot.

Shift to value-based compensation
Among the other trends noted in the report is an increase in employers shifting toward a quality/value-based physician compensation model. In 2019, 56% of physician production bonus formulas feature quality-based metrics, up from 42% in 2018.

Click here for a list ranking the most in-demand physician specialties along with the average base salary offered for each.

MOA 15th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention
November 8-10, 2019
Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids, Michigan 
24 AOA 1-A credits

Fulford's Basic Percussion Hammer Course
November 22-24, 2019
Sheraton Novi Detroit 
Novi, Michigan
22 AOA 1-A credits 
AOBNMM specialty credits anticipated

September 26, 2019, saw the passing of Roger Monsour, DO

August 8, 2019, saw the passing of Arno Schury, DO
July 31, 2019, saw the passing of Patrick W. Lafleur, DO
July 26, 2019, saw the passing of Martin Landis, DO
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