Comprehending Comprehensive Primary Care+

Michigan has been chosen by CMS as one of the 14 Comprehensive Primary Care+ (CPC+) regions nationally, and BCBSM's proposal, along with Priority Health's, has been provisionally selected within Michigan.  For payers, the next step is to submit a Memorandum of Understanding to CMS by September 1, outlining their Agreement to the terms of CPC+ participation.
An in-person workshop that will solely focus on CPC+, including eligibility assessment and application assistance is scheduled for August 30, 2016 from 8:30AM - 1:30PM at the Troy Somerset Inn. Practice Transformation Institute staff will be on hand to assist in these activities.  For an appointment call 313.909.9930
Click   here, for more information.
Click here for calendar of daily CPC+ Webinars .


Scientific Research Exhibit Accepting Submissions

The 12th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention will be Nov. 4-6, 2016. As a major component of the convention, the Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) has seen continual growth each year the convention has been in Grand Rapids. The SRE committee is now accepting submissions for autumn.
For more information and to see past winners, visit:

Call for Exhibitors November 4-6, 2016 
The 12th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention will be Nov. 4-6, 2016 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is the largest statewide osteopathic organization representing more than 7,000 osteopathic physicians, interns, residents and medical students in Michigan. Since 1898, the MOA has been dedicated to the promotion of quality community health and to the educational, informational and legislative needs of its members.

Exhibitor Prospectus is available, click HERE
Lt. Governor Brian Calley:
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Michigan
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Treating Addiction
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Treating Addiction

"Being addicted requires a healthcare response," said Lt. Governor Brian Calley. The Lt. Gov.'s work with the Governor's Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse has led to several legislative initiatives.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has been a part of the task force and provided valuable recommendations from an osteopathic perspective.

MHA Board of Trustees Meet

The MHA Board of Trustees held its first meeting of the 2016-2017 program year last week and worked to develop the association's work plan for the year.

The meeting included discussions regarding the preferred strategy for hospital/health system relationships with all payers and an extensive review of the work of the Board Subcommittee on Future Strategic Relationships with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM).

Allan Frankel, MD, co-founder and chief medical officer of Safe and Reliable Healthcare, LLP, Evergreen, CO, presented his findings regarding the status of healthcare quality in Michigan, incorporating data from a variety of sources including Truven, Leapfrog and the MHA Keystone Center.

Combined with reviews of the political atmosphere and the issues to be confronted both in the 2016 lame-duck session of the Legislature and the beginning of the 2016-2017 legislative cycle, these discussions gave rise to a clear set of association priorities encompassing election year 2016, auto no-fault insurance, the fiscal year 2018 state budget, payer strategy, and quality.

To learn what else the board discussed and anything else regarding the MHA, subscribe to the weekly MHA "Monday Report."
MAOFP Installs R. Taylor Scott, DO, as New President

On Saturday, August 6th, the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians (MAOFP) installed R. Taylor Scott, DO, as their President for 2016-2017.
Dr. Scott joined the MAOFP Board of Directors in 2009. Dr. Scott has served in a variety of committee and Chairperson positions with the MAOFP during his time there. He is also currently the Director of Osteopathic Patient Care Curriculum at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM).

Dr. Scott also serves as Osteopathic Director of Medical Education at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. He has a clinical practice on the MSU campus with the MSU HealthTeam and is jointly appointed in the MSUCOM Department of Family and Community Medicine.
U.S. Surgeon General's Office: Turn the Tide Rx

United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, has launched a campaign to help combat and hopefully end the opioid epidemic in America.  
Dr. Murthy is currently on a tour to raise awareness and provide educational material on fighting the opioid crisis.   

A key component of the TurnTheTideRx is a "Join the Movement" pledge. The pledge:
1.) Educate ourselves to treat pain safely and effectively.
2.) Screen our patients for opioid use disorder and provide or connect them with evidence-based treatment.
3.) Talk about and treat addiction as a chronic illness, not a moral failing.
To learn more and take the pledge, visit

August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

Looking for information and resources for vaccination efforts?
Visit the MOA vaccination page for useful links & tools like the AIM Toolkit:
2017 MOA Dues Notices
The MOA will send dues notices in 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

CMS chief: 'MACRA will promote coordinated, patient-focused care'   
In remarks to the AOA House of Delegates, Andy Slavitt thanked DOs for the care they provide to rural and under-served patients. More 
Deepak Chopra, MD to Open OMED16
OMED16 will be in Anaheim, CA, Sept. 17-20. The OMED Opening General Session will feature renowned physician and author Deepak Chopra, MD.  He will speak on "The Future of Wellbeing."
U.P. Hospital Receives 4 Star Rating 
War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie has received a 4 star rating from the Hospital Quality Initiative for its excellent care and dedication to quality of care improvement. More

Michigan Hospitals Make U.S. News & World Report 
23 Hospitals from Michigan found their place in recent US News & World Report rankings with University of Michigan Health leading the way. More

Michigan Hospital Association's 2016 Community Report 
Learn more about how hospitals are leading Michigan to better health in the MHA's 2016 Community Benefit Report.
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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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