February 24 , 2020
Proposed Bylaw Changes Notification

Notification of the proposed changes to the Bylaws for 2020 House of Delegates
As written in the Bylaws of the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), membership shall be notified of proposed changes to the Bylaws one (1) month before the annual House of Delegates or special session. MOA members can access the proposed changes via the MOA website with their member-login. 
If you have any questions or issues in accessing the information, please contact:
Todd Ross 
Manager of Communications | Michigan Osteopathic Association 
517.347.1555 ext. 120 | Direct Line: 517.827.0615
2020 House of Delegates: Call for Resolutions

Resolutions must be submitted by March 13, 2020
The MOA relies on the support and participation of its members in shaping the health policy of tomorrow. Submitting resolutions for action directly influences the MOA advocacy agenda. Even if you have never served as a delegate before, the MOA welcomes you to join at this most important event.

Who Can Author and Introduce Resolutions?
Any MOA member in good standing may author a resolution; however, introduction of resolutions to the House of Delegates is limited to delegates, alternate-seated delegates, component associations, MOA Departments, Councils, or Board of Trustees. Non-delegate status members in good standing should contact their component association for assistance in identifying an appropriate channel for resolution introduction.

Prior Authorization message is Resonating

Prior Authorization is getting the attention of our state legislators. The MOA has created ApproveMyCare, an effort to connect with physicians, patients and families on the issues surrounding prior authorization. The MOA is urging our members and partners to support Michigan Senate Bill 612.
The goals of the initiative include getting voters to contact their legislators regarding SB 612 through these sites and to share stories they might have regarding prior authorization.

The AOA has set-up a voter action tool to allow physicians and the general public to contact their legislators:  Contact Your Legislator regarding SB 612
The MOA has created a mobile website for the campaign: www.approvemycare.org  

We urge MOA members to contact their legislators and share the links with colleagues and patients. 
If you have any questions regarding the ApproveMyCare efforts, please contact Todd Ross at  tross@domoa.org
Spring Convention Registration is open!
May 14 - 17, 2020 at the Westin Southfield Detroit Hotel

The Michigan Osteopathic Association will hold the 121st Annual Spring Scientific Convention in Southfield, Michigan. Registration is open! Over 30 AOA 1-A credits are offered. House of Delegates, Science Research Exhibit competition, receptions and more !

Michigan Osteopathic Study Group

The Michigan Osteopathic Association will host an osteopathic learning experience for all interested osteopathic faculty, physicians, students, interns, residents and trainees. There is no charge for attendance and no CME provided as the program will be based on the needs of the attendees, but pre-registration is required.
Membership in the MOA is not required and students, interns and residents are encouraged to attend.

Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am. 
Location: Michigan Osteopathic Association, 2445 Woodlake Cir., Okemos, MI

Objectives and process for the study group will be initially discussed at first meeting. Mary Goldman, DO, will lead the first meeting and serve as MOA liaison.

New Alliance Formed to Protect Kids from Tobacco

The Michigan Osteopathic Association, as part of a statewide alliance, has joined in launching the " Keep MI Kids Tobacco Free Alliance." The group is committed to strengthening tobacco control policies to better protect the state’s young people.
“Use of tobacco products by young people is unacceptably high and the Keep MI Kids Tobacco Free Alliance is committed to changing this trend and working to protect our young people from a lifelong addiction,” said Jared Burkhart, executive director of the Michigan Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Keep MI Kids Tobacco Free Alliance includes more than 50 organizations that will focus on working with the Legislature to strengthen Michigan’s tobacco control policies including:
  • Establishing a tobacco retail license, which will allow the state to create and maintain a list of retailers in the state who sell tobacco products and enforce retailer compliance.
  • Repealing purchase, use and possession (PUP) penalties on youth that shift responsibility for compliance away from retailers who profit from tobacco sales and instead target kids. PUP policies have not been shown to be effective in reducing youth tobacco use.
  • Strengthening Michigan’s age of sale laws with enforcement provisions that include regular compliance checks on all retailers, graduated fines resulting in licenses suspension and revocation for non-compliant retailers.

“It’s time for Michigan to get serious about tobacco control,” said Andrew Schepers, Michigan government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “By strengthening tobacco control policies, our children will be better protected from these deadly products.” 

Michigan spends over $4.5 billion annually on smoking-related health costs and nearly 30 percent of cancer deaths in Michigan are attributable to tobacco products, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

“Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in Michigan. Nationally e-cigarette use among high school students has increased by 135 percent in the last two years alone,” said Jodi Radke, regional director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Our alliance is committed to reversing this dangerous trend and protecting our kids’ futures.” 

The MOA is joined in the alliance by a wide variety of public health organizations, associations, hospital systems and community education groups.

MHA Hosting: Opioids and Addiction with Sam Quinones

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) will host an evening with celebrated author, Sam Quinones. His book, Dreamland, is the story of the opioid epidemic and how it came to be.

Quinones will weave together the tale of the unfettered prescribing of new, expensive and highly addictive pain medications with the massive influx of cheap, potent and locally produced and distributed heroin. Quinones will discuss this story, the cast of characters — pharma pioneers, entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors and parents — and threats facing America and its heartland. Following his remarks, Quinones will take part in a facilitated conversation with the audience.

Registration is open online at member.mha.org/events; registrations
are due no later than April 24. Space is limited. The MHA is pleased to
host this event at no cost to attendees.

When: May 5, 2020 | 6-7:30 pm
Location: Dart Auditorium on the campus of Lansing Community College
500 North Capitol Ave, Downtown Lansing
Who should attend: Healthcare leaders and advocates
For more information visit the MHA Events page , or contact mhaevents@mha.org

Free to MOA Members: AOA-Qualifying online courses
compliments of Coverys and provided through Med-IQ
CGM 101: Strategies for Primary Care Providers and Ancillary Staff
HIV Prevention for Black/African American Women: The Use of PrEP in the Primary Care Setting
Insulin Pumps: What the Primary Care Clinician Needs to Know
Tri-County Component Events Oakland, Wayne & Macomb

OCOMA Annual All Day CME Program
Back to the Basics – The Nuts and Bolts of Primary Care
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 
Location: American Polish Cultural Center, 2975 E Maple Rd, Troy, MI ( Map Link )

CME seminar hosted by OCOMA, MCOMA and WCOMA
Tri-County Resolution Discussion Breakfast
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Westin Southfield Detroit

Delegates to serve at the MOA House of Delegates meeting are invited to attend.
For more information on these upcoming events contact Cynthia Earles
at (517) 512-4307 or cearles@DOMOA.org
Announcing the 5th Annual Woman of Excellence Nominations
The Women of Excellence award is given on an annual basis by the MOA to recognize a female osteopathic physician who has provided exemplary leadership in the field of medicine. 
Qualifications : Female osteopathic physician who is a current member of the MOA and exhibits leadership for the profession or the advancement of women in the field of medicine. 
Application Process : She may nominate herself or be nominated by another osteopathic physician of the MOA in the form of a letter of nomination describing why she believes she qualifies for the award. A current CV is also required. Please address the following questions in your nomination letter:
  • What things makes the candidate uniquely qualified to receive the award?
  • What contributions have they made to the profession? (articles, lectures, committee involvement, teaching, leadership)
  • What has the candidate done to demonstrate their commitment to leadership?
Nominations must be submitted by April 1, 2020 . The Women of Excellence Committee will review nominations and select a recipient by April 15, 2020.

Award recipients will be honored at the Women of Excellence Reception which will take place during the Michigan Osteopathic Association’s Annual Spring Scientific Convention in May 2020 at The Westin Hotel in Southfield, MI. 

February 18, 2020, saw the passing of Rowland W. Hinds, DO

December 5, 2019, saw the passing of Jack Quarters, DO

November 24, 2019, saw the passing of Augutine L. Perrotta, DO

October 30, 2019, saw the passing of Willis B. (Andy) Anderson, DO

October 27, 2019, saw the passing of Ronald J. Weller, DO

October 12, 2019, saw the passing of Barbara J. Briner, DO

October 2, 2019, saw the passing of Robert H. Chatfield, DO
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