Beautiful weather combined with an amazing venue and a record number of attendees made for a wonderful 12th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention. The Amway Grand Plaza once again served as host as the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) attracted DO's from across the state and farther, with some making the trip from Florida. With plenty of compelling sessions and interesting speakers, the #GR2016 event received rave reviews as MOA members gathered for CME's and camaraderie.

MOA President Dr. Bruce Wolf was all smiles. "The 12th Annual Autumn convention has been a huge success with record attendance. The attendees have been able to interact with the speakers, each other and the exhibitors."

Science Research Exhibit
The Autumn Science Research Exhibit (SRE) was once again strong in the content and enthusiasm of the participants. "I think this is a fantastic program. There is a lot of practicality coming out of these posters that we are presenting and it gives the young people who have written and presented a chance to expand upon their knowledge of the topic. It's a teaching moment for everybody," said judge, Dr. John Bodell. In regards to the quality of the content Bodell was emphatic, "They just continue to get better every year."

The MOA would like to thank all of the participants and the judges for another great showing. We look forward to the Spring 2017 SRE.

Link: SRE list of Autumn 2016 winners and information on Spring SRE

Practice Manager's Program:
Another successful Practice Managers Program was held at the Autumn Convention with attendees from across the state. The program covered topics from MACRA and MIPS to email communications with patients.

The Practice Managers Program saw presentations aimed at helping practice managers prepare for the MACRA changes. Ewa Matuszewski, from MedNetOne, provided information on how the changes will impact practices in terms of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and optimizing payments. "This was a great audience, they understood the urgency of getting things in place," said Matuszewski. "The changes involved with Quality Payment Program will have a profound impact on practices. Practices who are prepared will have a distinct advantage over those who don't."

To access the speakers' presentations from the Practice Manager's Program as a PDF, click here

Autumn 2016 Links:
Evaluation FAQ and link to online evaluation:
Speaker Presentations:
Opioid Information:
Holiday Season Traditions: 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 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 building for the month of December in Okemos.  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 three ways to give-
  • A Shining Light:  For a $10.00 minimum donation, a Light is dedicated in Memory of Honor of your loved one.
  • A Keepsake Ornament:  For a $40.00 minimum donation, a Keepsake Ornament will be placed on the Tree.
  • A Tree of Peace Sponsorship:  For a $100.00 minimum donation, a Keepsake Ornament will be placed on the Tree plus you will receive that Keepsake Ornament when the tree is taken down in January.
All proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit our ongoing projects in support of the Osteopathic Profession.  One such project, the Distracted Driving Simulator, continues to gain attention, and we are reaching out across the state to interested hospitals, service organizations and schools.

AMOA Tree of Peace Order Form

Save OMT victory:
CMS excludes OMT codes from list for potential revaluation

Following more than 3,400 comment letters from DOs, students and advocates who participated in the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) "Save OMT" campaign, the final 2017 physician fee schedule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) preserves OMT as a frontline, non-pharmaceutical treatment for pain. The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) urged DO's to have their voice heard and the responded with Michigan providing 10% of the comments received by the CMS.

The AOA's #SaveOMT campaign collaborated with state associations and utilized social media and an advocacy webpage urging DO's to comment on the issue. Congratulations to the AOA on a fantastic effort!

Link: AOA's The DO Online Magazine

McLaren Health Care Names Chief Academic Officer/Designated Institutional Officer

Robert F. Flora, M.D., MBA, MPH, has been appointed chief academic officer/designated institutional officer (CAO/DIO) for McLaren Health Care Corp., effective Oct. 17, 2016.

"Robert Flora is a highly accomplished medical professional with an impressive background in graduate medical education administration," said Michael McKenna, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, McLaren Health Care. "In addition to his extensive academic appointments, publications, research grants, honors and activities, his track record as a medical education administrator has been exceptional, and his knowledge and experience certainly will be great assets for McLaren Health Care."

Flora's responsibilities include administering all McLaren Health Care graduate medical education (GME) programs; ensuring McLaren meets all applicable requirements set by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as other professional, educational, accreditation and regulatory standards; and supervising all academic-related scholarly activity within the McLaren system and as it relates to its clinical and academic partners.

McLaren Health Care: Robert Flora Chief Academic Officer/Designated Institutional Officer (CAO/DIO)

McLaren Health Website
MSUCOM Students Get Insight on Government Affairs

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) were treated to lunch and a look at government affairs and the issues facing physicians in Michigan. Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) legislative liaison Kevin McKinney hosted a luncheon at the East Lansing campus, with an interactive broadcast to the Detroit and Macomb satellite campuses.

"It was a great talk. It gave us a chance to really understand what it means to get involved and realize how we can guide our future," said Jason Oetman, Class 2019.

The talk was informal, with McKinney taking questions on specific issues that included Maintenance of Certification, GME funding, the opioid crisis and efforts by the MOA to lower vaccination waiver rates. 
Medical students seek out the 'DO difference'
Medical students seek out the 'DO difference'
Medical students seek out the 'DO difference'

As the five-year transition to a single accreditation system for U.S. graduate medical education reaches a critical juncture, osteopathic medical students across the country are raising their voices about the kind of training they want to pursue. "I went to an osteopathic medical school and I want to continue to practice that way," says Charles Lopresto, OMS III.

News & Resource Links

Nov. 17 webinar to offer osteopathic recognition guidance:
The Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) wants to assist educators with the osteopathic recognition application process
Link: AOA Story and link to webinar 

Michigan Health and Hospital Association Monday Report:
Weekly news and reports from the MHA  
CDC: Recommending only two HPV shots for younger adolescents 
Link: CDC Newsroom 
MACRA News: HHS finalizes streamlined Medicare payment system
Link: HHS Story

AOA MACRA News: How MACRA aims to boost health and ease reporting burdens
Link: DO Magazine article
Michigan's Dental Registry (MiDR) is now available for medical and dental providers
Link: Demo for Medical Providers 
The new Ultimate Men's Health Guy is an osteopathic ER physician 

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

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