Be prepared for MACRA! 
MOA Hosts Sept. 28th Seminar

In the spring of 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule that links Medicare provider payments to quality patient care. This is the first major step taken by the government to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, also known as MACRA. The MACRA law replaced the Medicare sustainable growth rate, commonly known as "SGR" or the "doc fix." The law fundamentally changes how Medicare pays physicians and other clinicians who participate in the program.   

The CMS announced on Thursday it will allow providers to choose the level and pace at which they comply with the new payment reform model aimed at emphasizing quality patient care over volume. While this step was meant to relieve providers, for some it has added another layer of confusion to the program. 

On September 28, 2016, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will host a seminar for physicians and their staff on what they need to know about MACRA. and what they need to know to get ready. MACRA/MIPS implementation begins in 2017, 2017 performance will determine 2019 CMS payment adjustments.

The event will be live at MSUCOM East Lansing Campus, C-102 East Fee HALL Patenge Room and broadcast to the MSUCOM Detroit and Macomb campuses. There is no charge for these sessions, your medical staff is welcome to attend. 
  For free registration, click here 
For more information, contact:
Cynthia Earles

MHA Webinar on Zika Virus and Women's Health
The MHA Keystone Center and Coverys will jointly provide a free webinar titled:
Women's Health and Zika: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT Sept. 15. Women's healthcare is a critical area where the risks and consequences of Zika virus exposure are devastating for all involved. Mark Chames, MD, associate professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will provide up-to-date information for healthcare providers and facilities regarding the Zika virus epidemic, with a special focus on women's health concerns. Registration is available online. For more information, call Coverys Education at (800) 225-6168 and select option 3, or contact Laura Appel at the MHA.


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:

Click here for registration and more information:

Spotlight: Dean Strampel Honored with Service Award
and Dr. R. Taylor Scott New MAOFP President

The Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians Annual Summer Family Medicine Update, Aug. 4-6 at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan, was a family affair for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). In addition to participation by a number of alumni who are also MAOFP members, the organization gained a new MSUCOM-affiliated president and presented awards to two other individuals from the college.

Dr. R. Taylor Scott, MSUCOM Director of Clerkship programs (and an alumnus), was installed as MAOFP president during Aug. 6 proceedings. A member of the MAOFP board of directors since 2009, he has served in a number of roles with the organization.  

During a banquet at the event, MSUCOM Dean William Strampel was presented with an MAOFP Service Award. The award plaque carried this statement: MAOFP would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dean William Strampel, DO, for his many years of continued support of Osteopathic Family Physicians in the State of Michigan and the MAOFP.

For more, click here.
Celebration of Life for MOA Past President Maynard J. Amelon, DO
Dr. Mitzi Amelon would be honored if you would join her Sunday October 9, 2016 for a celebration of her father's life, the celebration will be held at the Glen Oaks Golf & Banquet Center, located @ 30500 W 13 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI.
Meet & Greet - 11:15am - Noon
Celebration of Life Service - Noon - 1pm
Luncheon - 1pm - 3pm
Please RSVP by Friday, September 23rd for both the Meet & Greet (as light refreshments will be served) and the Luncheon, to the Redford Township Chamber of Commerce at 313-535-0960.
Healthy Town-Everywhere Visit Royal Oak Sept. 24

Our friends at HealthyTown-Everywhere (HTE) are headed for Holiday Market in Royal Oak, Sat., Sept. 24
Healthy Town-Everywhere
Healthy Town-Everywhere

The program
is a community-based project to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Several volunteers from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) are helping in the effort.

The program was started by Dr. Paul Ehrmann, who is also looking for some physicians to champion the cause in their area by leading these types of events. If you are interested, contact Dr. Ehrmann through his website:  

Visit the HTE Facebook page at:

Sparrow Children's Center Hair-A-Thon

Lansing, Sparrow Hospital Lobby - Saturday, Sept. 10 | 9 a.m. to Noon

Sparrow Children's Center is hosting a "Hair-a-Thon" to benefit children cancer victims. You can get your hair trimmed, and donate it to pediatric cancer patients in need of wigs. On-site stylists will take your donation of eight or more inches of clean hair, in good condition.
Shared Responsibility for Preventing Malpractice Suits
By Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education, and Carol Murray, RHIA, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company
Each member of a healthcare team plays an important role in reducing the number of incidents that cause patient dissatisfaction, injury, and lawsuits. The basic emotions leading to any medical liability action are surprise, disappointment, and anger. These reactions can be triggered by a wide variety of causes, particularly miscommunication.
Telephone Conversations with Patients
For many members of a professional medical or dental staff, the telephone is often the primary mode of patient communication. All medical and dental professionals should note the following points:
  • Be courteous and maintain professionalism. Remember that you cannot read your patients' nonverbal cues. Use your best listening skills.
  • Make sure that any member of your healthcare team who has the slightest doubt about giving instructions or advice to a patient first checks with the provider. If the provider is not immediately available, the staff member should assure the patient that his or her call will be returned as soon as possible and should verify later that the patient's call was returned.
  • Make sure that staff members obtain as much detailed information as possible on a patient's health problem and its degree of urgency before conveying it to the provider for evaluation.
  • Establish procedures in your practice for providers and patient care staff to effectively manage urgent problems, scheduling difficulties, and unexpected visits.
Tips for Face-to-Face Encounters
  • Initiate personal contact with the patient by expressing cordial, individual attention.
  • Make a favorable impression through your demeanor. Any interaction with any member of the team may represent the patient's first, last, and most enduring impression of the provider, hospital, or office.
  • Explain unavoidable delays in the office schedule to the patient. If appropriate, offer to reschedule the appointment. Most patients will appreciate being informed.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality. Do not discuss any patient problems outside the hospital or office practice. Even when discussing a matter pertaining to a patient with another staff member, do not do so in a public area or within hearing range of other patients.
  • Staff should always alert providers to disgruntled or hostile patients so that the situations can be defused immediately. Patients frequently share information with healthcare support staff that they will not tell providers, so be sure providers are informed of any significant statements.
  • Staff members should never give advice beyond their competencies or scopes of practice. Assure any patient of a prompt response to an inquiry and follow through as soon as possible to ensure the patient gets the appropriate information or referral.
  • Encourage patients to write down their questions for providers or questions regarding the provider's instructions. Studies have shown that patients remember only a small portion of what they are told. Furnish written instructions or educational information to patients for review at home.
Contributed by The Doctors Company. For more patient safety articles and practice tips, visit

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Michigan Hospital Association's 2016 Community Report
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In Memoriam

August 5, 2016 saw the passing of Maynard Amelon, DO
Click here for a local obituary

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.
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