December 19, 2019
MOA Mourns the Passing of Augustine Perrotta, DO

It is with great sadness the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) shares the news on the passing of Augustine L. Perrotta, DO, November 24, 2019. Dr. Perrotta was an accomplished physician, a vocal advocate of the osteopathic profession and a prolific author. His education and practice as a physician took him from Seattle to New York, settling in the Midwest. For over 30 years, he worked as a hematologist and medical oncologist at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital, and at Henry Ford Hospital-Warren, where he served as chairman of the Department of Medicine for the last 10 years of his career. He was an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and served as a mentor to hundreds of medical students, interns, residents and physicians.

"Dr. Perrotta was an iconic osteopathic physician, brilliant in his field, outstanding teacher, pioneer in his field, author of medical as well as a non medical book. He was devoted to his faith his family and his profession," said Peter Ajluni, DO, Past President of the MOA.

In his retirement, Dr. Perrotta published a non-fiction book comprised of 15 medically-oriented short-stories entitled “A View from the Inside.” The book chronicled his connection to public and private personalities describing his connection to them and the impact they had upon him.

Dr. Perrotta was a fixture at the MOA Spring convention, with his signature bow tie, goatee and smile. He could always be seen greeting colleagues and protégées who would share stories and relay the impact he had made on their lives and careers.

The MOA encourages those who knew Dr. Perrotta to leave their recollections on the Guestbook using the link below.

ACGME-MSUCOM-SCS Hosts workshop - “Building Faculty Competency in Assessment”

The Michigan State University College of Osteoapthic Medicine will host the ACGME-MSUCOM-SCS Workshop on “ Building Faculty Competency in Assessment ”.  
This 3 and 1/2-day course is held at the Amway Grand (a Hilton property) in Grand Rapids, MI with attendance limited to 30 participants. Sessions begin Wednesday 4/29 at 10 AM and continue through Saturday 5/2 at 12:30 PM. Target audience includes all UME and GME faculty, including, residency and fellowship program directors, associate program directors, chairs and members of Clinical Competency Committees (CCCs), and any faculty members with major responsibility for the assessment of residents/fellows.
Highlights of this highly experiential, hands-on course curriculum include:
·      Goals and principles of Competency Based Medical Education (CBME)
·      Practical application of multiple assessment methods and tools
·      How to create effective assessment systems
·      How to use the Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities effectively
Registration and Hotel information can be found at:

Free to Members: AOA-Qualifying Courses
Compliments of Coverys and provided through Med-IQ ® , a Coverys company
CGM 101: Strategies for Primary Care Providers and Ancillary Staff
Join diabetes experts Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE, and Anne Peters, MD, as they talk about how to start individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) on continuous glucose monitoring from the primary care perspective. Learn more about the different devices, their benefits and limitations, how to interpret the data, and billing and insurance coverage considerations.
Curing HCV in Treatment-Naïve Patients With Early Stage Liver Disease: Considerations for Treatment Selection, Monitoring, and Follow-Up
This activity provides an overview of available therapeutic regimens for treatment-naïve patients with HCV infection and stage F2 or lower liver disease. It also addresses recommended monitoring that should occur during and after treatment, as well as the opportunity for cure among people who use injection drugs.
HIV Prevention for Black/African American Women: The Use of PrEP in the Primary Care Setting
This activity explores the behavioral, social, and structural risk factors that contribute to the disproportionate risk of HIV in black/African American heterosexual women. It also addresses ways to incorporate HIV prevention strategies, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), into routine care. Additionally, expert faculty offer insight into the unique challenges that contribute to the increased HIV risk in black/African American women and explain how PrEP can be a powerful tool for HIV prevention in this population. See course details
Insulin Pumps: What the Primary Care Clinician Needs to Know
Join diabetes experts Anne Peters, MD, and Jay Shubrook, DO, to learn more about insulin pumps. Find out about the benefits and limitations of insulin pumps and how you can help interested patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) get started on this type of therapy.
MDHHS MAPS poster available online

A new MAPS Poster is now available from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The poster illustrates your use of MAPS as a prescriber and provides a visual display to patients who intend to fraudulently obtain controlled substances. 

There are two options available for download: the standard MAPS poster, and one with the ability to customize by adding your own facility’s logo.
Both can be found on the Resources tab of the MDHHS website at
MDHHS Feedback on HIE System

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is seeking to gather information from Michigan’s stakeholders regarding the connection to, and application of, the Health Information Exchange (HIE) within the diverse settings that serve Michiganders across the continuum of care. MDHHS has designed a survey in order to better understand various aspects of connectivity including how the use of Health Information Technology systems such as Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or patient registries may impact the connection to Michigan's Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and how information transferred via HIE may be integrated into internal operations to support the delivery of care to patients. MDHHS recognizes that the perceptions and opinions of the use and application of information from HIE may vary across roles within the organization, therefore each responding organization is encouraged to submit multiple surveys that capture the perspective of direct service delivery providers, administrative and information technology personnel.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact the MDHHS State Innovation Model (SIM) Team at

Please click here to take the survey.

The HIE survey will close at 5pm on January 17, 2020.
Mini-Medical School

Volunteers needed for Mini-Medical School
Attention health care professionals and students! The Michigan Health Council is currently seeking volunteers for a Mini-Medical School event in Wayne County on January 17, 2020 from 8am-12pm or 12pm-3:30pm.

Sign up to volunteer here .

Beaumont Health HouseCall Podcast
Grief & Option B episode
Beaumont Health ends the year of HouseCall podcasts with " Grief & Option B episode."
Dr. Shajahan interviews author Vivian Nunez, founder of Too Damn Young, an online community for teens and young adults who’ve experienced a loss. They discuss resilience, grief and how to live with Option B.

BCBSM Updates from The Record

Blue Cross, BCN to support providers who offer comprehensive opioid treatment
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network will implement the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services program that encourages providers to offer the comprehensive range of opioid treatment services that many patients need. You can view the CMS final rule on this program, which was published in the  Federal Register .**
What this means
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Blue Cross and BCN will use bundled rates to reimburse providers who offer certified opioid treatment programs, or OTPs. The bundled payment includes both drug and non-drug components and may allow for intensity add-on codes to be used when needed.
This will apply to services for our Medicare Advantage members (Medicare Plus Blue SM  PPO and BCN Advantage SM ) and our Blue Cross and BCN commercial members.
Once this change goes into effect, certified OTPs may qualify for bundled reimbursement.

2020 updates for value-based reimbursement for specialists
Effective March 1, 2020, the Physician Group Incentive Program is:
  • Introducing a new specialist value-based reimbursement opportunity through a pilot program
  • Implementing a change to the specialist VBR methodology
New VBR opportunity
In 2020, PGIP is starting a pilot program to encourage specialists to adopt a team-based care approach, supported by care managers. We’ll facilitate this team-based care by using existing and upcoming Health Information Exchange capabilities in the PGIP physician organizations.
To be considered for this pilot, physician organizations must submit attestations on behalf of the participating specialists to PGIP by Jan. 10, 2020. PGIP physician organizations that meet program requirements will reach out to select specialists in their PO to assess interest and eligibility, and to obtain the necessary attestations.
In 2020, cardiologists, endocrinologists, nephrologists, oncologists and pulmonologists in PGIP can be included in this pilot.
Specialists participating in the pilot will be eligible to receive VBR (at 105% of the standard fee schedule) if they meet all the requirements of the pilot.

Free waiver training to provide medication-assisted treatment offered by Mi-CCSI
The Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement, known as Mi-CCSI, is hosting the American Society of Addiction Medicine Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder course at three locations in Michigan in 2020.
The training is provided by Mi-CCSI, the Michigan Opioid Collaborative and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Blue Cross is a member of Mi-CCSI.
Each course will provide the required eight educational hours to obtain the medication-assisted treatment waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in an office setting for patients with opioid use disorder.
Women of Excellence Survey
Since 2016, the Women of Excellence committee has promoted women in leadership. Each year the committee honors a woman was has exemplified strong leadership in the osteopathic profession with the "Woman of Excellence" award. The Michigan Osteopathic Association is in the process of creating a Women’s Leadership Institute and is gathering data about what the needs and barriers might be for members to participate in this effort.
A brief survey has been created to get feedback from female members who are interested in participating.

MSU raffle at the 2020 MOCF Ball
Once again the MOA is proud to be a sponsor of the Michigan Osteopathic College Fund (MOCF) Ball. And once again the MOCF Ball will feature a fabulous raffle with amazing prizes. The event is a wonderful way to raise funds for student initiatives and the raffle is

Please note that raffle tickets are NOT sold the evening of the event. And remember, you do not need to be present to win.
To purchase your raffle ticket you can call 517-355-9616 or email: 

MSUCOM has a wonderful series of videos about the Student Impact Initiatives.
To view, click here.

MOCF Raffle Details (PDF)
AMOA Tree of Peace
The holiday season is a time when we pause to celebrate life and family and honor our friends and loved ones. In keeping with this spirit, the Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA) are once again presenting a very special opportunity to remember that special person while supporting the programs of the Advocates.

The Tree of Peace will be displayed in the lobby of the MOA offices for the month of December. With your support, it will glow brilliantly throughout the holiday with all dedications being listed in the Book of Honor displayed next to the Tree of Peace.

There are many ways to give:
  • A Shining Light: For a $10.00 minimum donation, a Light is dedicated in Memory or Honor of your loved one.
  • A Tree of Peace Sponsorship: For a $40 minimum donation, a beautiful handmade ornament will be placed on the tree with your name or the name of a loved one.
  • A Tree of Peace Keepsake Ornament: For a $100 minimum donation, a beautiful handmade ornament will be placed on the tree with your name or the name of a loved one. After the holiday, the ornament will be mailed to you as a keepsake, so you may enjoy it for years to come.
All of the proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit AMOA's ongoing projects in support of the Osteopathic Profession.
Link: AMOA webpage

Credentialing Requirements Survey
The Michigan Osteopathic Association is collecting feedback from our members and their practice managers regarding concerns and questions about credentialing. The brief survey gives our members a chance to provide feedback on the complex issue of maintaining credential information for health plans and offer comments on how the MOA can help.
The Coverys Value Based Model

As a healthcare professional, complex issues compete for your attention. And they can be more than inconvenient. They can be distractions when patient safety and quality outcomes are at risk. Coverys has analyzed over 10 years of data to identify the root causes behind adverse events and they provide education to take a proactive stance and reduce

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

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