August 14, 2019             
MOA Delivers Mini Medical School to Greg Kelser Basketball Camp

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) presented a Mini Medical School to the Greg Kelser Basketball Camp. The MOA Mini Medical School is an added station where the campers learn about health, vaccinations and how to prepare for a career in medicine.  
The Michigan State University legend and Detroit Pistons announcer has hosted a summer basketball camp for over 40 years. And while his camps focus on the various drills that can make a young person a better player, Kelser has always included a focus on academics. As a first team Academic All-American in 1979, Kelser provides a fantastic role model when it comes to maintaining the balance between athletics and school work.    
"Thanks to the MOA!" said Kelser. "Your group really helps us set ourselves apart from other camps." With the older students the discussion included opportunities at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), including the OsteoChamps and Future Docs programs. 
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The MOA would like to thank our volunteers- Matthew Wolf, MSU Lyman Briggs student, as well as students from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) Casey Walter, Class of 2022, Maria Ruedisueli, Class of 2022, Casey Schukow, Class of 2022 and Matthew Meranda, Class of 2021 - for their time in helping to spread the word of good health and to inspire the DOs of tomorrow.     
Dr. David Wolf receives Humanism in Medicine Award from Arnold P. Gold Foundation

David Wolf, DO, was presented with the 2019 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The award honors physicians who personify an extraordinary level of compassion and sensitivity in patient care.

Dr. Wolf, who is the associate director of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, said notification of the award came at a time when he needed the most. "The thing so powerful about this award is that it hits the areas I have been trying all my life to emphasize," he said. "This award means more to me than any other I have received."

A graduate of Des Moines University-College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Wolf completed his residency at Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in 1979, and in 1983 became Board Certified. He is an active member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association and the Wayne County Osteopathic Association.

Full story in the News Herald
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HIPAA Security Rule must be implemented

More and more medical practices are learning the hard way that the requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule must be implemented. The first version of the Security Rule became effective in 2005 and has since been amended. Generally, there are two parts that every medical practice must comply with.  
First, a written "risk assessment" must be conducted. This assessment forces you to study the storage and flow of your electronic medical record information. You are required to examine each of the Security Rule's administrative, technical and physical safeguards. Some of these safeguards are required by the Security Rule and must be implemented. The Security Rule identifies the others as "addressable" and those may be implemented or not (but you should document that you have considered them and the reasons you decided not to implement them).  
Second, if your electronic medical record information is breached and you cannot document that there is a low risk of disclosure, you must notify all the affected patients, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") and (if more than 500 affected patients) publish a notice in the local media. "Breach" is broadly defined as a disclosure of information in your medical record which is not permitted by HIPAA.
Breaches are now frequently occurring. When they do and HHS is notified (or a disgruntled affected patient contacts a regulator) it frequently requests information from practice to determine whether the risk assessment was performed, and the safeguards implemented.  
The medical practices that can show compliance with the Security Rule are in the best position to avoid fines and other sanctions. The opposite is true for those that cannot, often having to agree to consent orders requiring them to comply and to pay large fines ($100,000 plus is not uncommon).

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The connection between the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) and the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) dates back to the 1960's.

In 1959 the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (the predecessor of the MOA) President Alan M. Potts, DO, delivered his presidential address with a bold proposal- that the association adopt as its major program , the establishment of a college of osteopathic medicine.

In 2019 MSUCOM is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The connection between the MOA and MSUCOM is still going strong.

Each year the MOA selects a group of Student Liaisons to represent MSUCOM and participate in events throughout the year. In addition to the liaisons, the MOA maintains a seat on the Board of Trustees for a Student Representative.

The photographic collage (right) is a group of MOA Student Liaisons from the East Lansing campus showing off their "Ask me about the MOA" t-shirts. The collage was featured on the MOA Facebook page, along with a collage offered by the MSUCOM DMC campus.

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* DO Faces at Spring Convention
* The Time's Up Movement Hits Healthcare
* Bill Protects Healthcare Workers against Violence
* Don't Count Women Out

Link: 2019 Summer TRIAD   
CMS Proposes Payment Changes - Call for comments 
Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2020 

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2020.
The calendar year (CY) 2020 PFS proposed rule is one of several proposed rules that reflect a broader Administration-wide strategy to create a healthcare system that results in better accessibility, quality, affordability, empowerment, and innovation.
CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until September 27, 2019 and will respond to comments in a final rule. The proposed rule can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: 
MOA Autumn Convention

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).

Autumn Convention SRE Competition

The Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) competition is accepting submissions. Cash prizes and awards await SRE presenters. The Autumn Convention SRE in Grand Rapids is growing each year. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2019 . Participants notified by October 11 of acceptance
Competition is Saturday, November 9. 

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Pediatric and Adult Influenza Webinar: 2019-2020 Flu Season

MDHHS Division of Immunization in collaboration with the Michigan State University - Extension will be kicking off the 2019-2020 flu season with the 8th  annual Pediatric and Adult Influenza Webinar: 2019-2020 Flu Season on  September 4, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm (ET).  
The webinar is intended to communicate important information for immunization providers on the upcoming flu season, including influenza vaccine recommendations, influenza surveillance data, and strategies to increase influenza vaccination rates.
Please share this information with other immunizing providers who may benefit from this event.

For questions about this event, contact Michelle Doebler, Influenza Epidemiologist at   or call the Division of Immunization main line at 517-335-8159 .

Bulletin Number: MSA 19-20
Distribution: All Providers
Issued: August 2, 2019
Subject: Enrollment Requirement for Prescribers
Effective: October 1, 2019
Programs Affected: Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS), Maternity Outpatient Medical Services (MOMS)

The purpose of this bulletin is to enforce federal Medicaid enrollment requirements that apply to providers who prescribe drugs to Medicaid beneficiaries. These requirements are outlined in Section 6401 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Section 5005(b)(2) of the 21st Century Cures Act. The purpose of these requirements is to protect Medicaid beneficiaries by strengthening program integrity and care quality.

Effective October 1, 2019, providers who prescribe drugs to Medicaid beneficiaries must be actively enrolled in the Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS) - the state's online Medicaid enrollment system. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will prohibit payment for prescription drug claims written by a prescriber who is not enrolled in CHAMPS.

For Prescribers
Claims for drugs prescribed by a provider who is not enrolled in CHAMPS will be denied. This applies to all providers who prescribe drugs, including medical residents. In order to avoid interruptions in beneficiary drug therapy, prescribers are encouraged to enroll in CHAMPS as soon as possible. For information about the provider enrollment process and how to get started, visit >> Provider Enrollment. Providers who have questions about the enrollment process or require assistance may contact MDHHS Provider Support at 800-292-2550.

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Mi Auto Promise

The MOA joins CPAN and others to harness the enthusiasm, tenacity, and commitment so many have voiced to continue fighting to ensure that those injured in auto accidents can receive the care they need to recover. There is a long road ahead to either improve or repeal the recently enacted law, PA 21: the Michigan Auto Insurance Law. The public needs to know just exactly what choices they will be able to make and be aware of the risks they are now exposed to whenever they enter a vehicle.

Join Michigan Brain Injury Providers Council (MBIPC), Concerned Association of Patients and Providers (CAPP), Brain Injury Association of MI (BIAMI), CPAN and thousands of members, organizations, and survivors on September 25, 2019 as we rally in front of Michigan's State Capitol. Doors open at 9:00 AM at the Lansing Center, 10:00 AM check-in with pre-rally activities, 10:30 AM Pep-Rally followed by a march down Michigan Ave. to the Capitol steps at 11:00 AM with a rally and speakers to follow at 11:30 AM. Rally concludes about 12:30 PM.
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MHA Safety & Quality Symposium | Thursday, Sept. 26

The annual MHA Safety & Quality Symposium brings national experts to MHA members and draws hundreds of attendees each year. This year's symposium will focus on caring for caregivers and current healthcare priorities in Michigan, and its agenda has been condensed to one day to make it easier for clinical teams to attend.  
Keynote speaker  Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis professor of leadership and management at the Harvard Business School, will outline the importance of psychological safety in creating a safe environment. Additional speakers include  Eric Alberts, CEM, corporate manager, emergency preparedness, at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and  Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, distinguished professor of law, professor of public health sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Registration is available online  via the MHA Member Portal. For more information on the symposium, visit the   event webpage  or contact   Erin Steward  at the MHA. Questions about registration should be directed to   Janice Jones  at the MHA.

Who Should Attend
This program is designed for healthcare professionals involved in safety and quality, including the leadership team comprising chief executive, medical and nursing officers; the care teams comprising physicians, nurses and allied health professionals; patient safety and quality officers; patient and family advocates; and others involved in initiatives to improve safety and patient and family engagement. Professionals from hospitals, physician practices, community pharmacies, long-term-care and behavioral health facilities are encouraged to attend.

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 Upcoming Events

MHA Safety and Quality Symposium
September 26, 2019
Troy, MI - Detroit Marriott Troy
Link: MHA Safety Quality Symposium 
Ingham County Osteopathic Association General Membership Meeting 
6:00 pm, October 15, 2019 
East Lansing, MSU Campus, Kellogg Center - Corniche Room
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
Thanks for the support!
2020 Membership Dues

The MOA would like to thank those who have sent in their 2020 dues and remind others your dues invoices have been emailed.

Online: Login to the MOA Membership only section of the website:

Phone: Call the MOA at 517/347-1555
Since 1898 the MOA has relied on the support of its members. Thank you for your continued support and all you DO for your profession!

August 8, 2019, saw the passing of Arno Schury, DO
July 26, 2019, saw the passing of Martin Landis, DO
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April 28, 2019, saw the passing of Donald, "Dr. Don," Arlinsky, DO
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March 29, 2019, saw the passing of David N. Madgy, DO
March 27, 2019, saw the passing of Robert M. Katz, DO
March 2, 2019, saw the passing of Michael J. Holt Jr., DO
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March 1, 2019, saw the passing of John A. Lown, DO
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February 27, 2019 saw the passing of William (Bill) F. Douce, DO
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