The Pulse Newsletter© 2018 | Michigan Osteopathic Association, February 16, 2018

New laws and regulations for 2018: 
Opioid Alert and Analysis

On December 27, 2017, several new requirements aimed at combating the opioid epidemic were signed into law by Lt. Governor Brian Calley (see below). The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) and the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) have partnered to offer an analysis of the new requirements, the implications and details on enforcement.

The Opioid Alert document is available as a PDF file for viewing and download.
Survey and Feedback 
The MOA is working within a collaborative group that has met with the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to voice our concerns over the legislation being passed without the input of healthcare providers. It is vital that the voice of healthcare providers is heard. The MOA has created a brief survey to gain feedback from our membership.
Please take a few moments to offer your feedback on this important issue. 
T h i n k   S p r i n g !

Join us for the 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention as the MOA will offer educational opportunities with compelling sessions and information on issues affecting your practice and profession.
Thursday, May 17 - Sunday, May 20, 2018  
The Westin Southfield Detroit - 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075 

Convention Highlights:
  • Mandatory Florida Re-licensure Courses Medical APP's
  • Scientific Research Exhibit Competition
  • AOA Legislative Update Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Business of Medicine (with your care/ practice manager)
  • Speakers Bureau Recall Workshop
  • Physician Wellness
  • ACLS/BLS Certification
  • Michigan LARA Requirements 4.0 credits

Now Accepting Resolutions for House of Delegates
The 2018 Michigan Osteopathic Association House of Delegates will meet on Thursday, May 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Westin Southfield Detroit. If you have resolutions you wish to submit to the 2018 House of Delegates, you can now do so via the MOA website.
The deadline for submitting resolutions, and delegate names, is March 14, 2018

For more information please contact: 
Virginia Bernero 
517/347-1555 ext. 103

Outstanding Resident of the Year Award
Do you know an outstanding resident to nominate for the 2018 Resident of the Year? We need to hear from you! The MOA is looking to recognize and honor outstanding osteopathic residents from Michigan who go above and beyond to bring a sense of pride to the profession by exhibiting the exemplary characteristics of an osteopathic physician.
One recipient will be presented with the $1,000 award during the MOA's House of Delegates, which will be held during the 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention. The recipient will be notified by April 1, 2018.
Please send nominations by February 24, 2018 to the MOA.
For more information and to submit a nomination, please contact Janna Ruedisale:
517/347-1555 Ext. 108

Nominations open:  
2018 Annual Woman of Excellence Award

The Women of Excellence award is given on an annual basis by the Membership Committee of the MOA to recognize a female osteopathic physician who has provided exemplary leadership in the field of medicine.


Female osteopathic physician who has been a 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.
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2018
MOA Website and event registration upgrade

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has transitioned to a new website and membership database. Visit to view the new website design. The system has sent all MOA members an email to reset their password for the new site.

The new system will provide a more intuitive environment making it easier to access profile information, pay membership dues and register for events.

With the new system, the MOA website can detect whether you are using a computer, tablet or smartphone, and adjust the display to fit your device. This makes it easy to login from mobile devices and register for events.

If you are an MOA member and are having any difficulties in accessing the login area of the MOA site, please contact the main office: 517/347-1555

Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Society presents: 
LARA Made Simple: Latest requirements in less than a day

The Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association is pleased to offer a one-stop educational program. In one day, this program will meet LARA licensing requirements for:
- Training Standards for Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
- Education on Pain and Symptom Management
- Medical Ethics

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Registration begins at 7:30 AM with a hot breakfast and lunch included.

Location: DMC-MSU
4707 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201
(Old Hutzel Bldg., ground floor, Classroom CG28)

OCOMA Members: $60.00
Non- OCOMA Members: $150.00
At the door - $175.00

LARA Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery website

Career opportunities! The McLaren Health Care system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, a 450-member employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 620,000 lives in Michigan and Indiana. Click here to view the career opportunities throughout Michigan.
Your Single GME accreditation questions answered

Learn about the progress of the Single Graduate Medical Education accreditation system in this upcoming webinar.

Stay up to date on the critical issues facing residents. The AOA is hosting a Single GME webinar answering common questions you may have at 6 p.m. Central on Tuesday, February 20.

Moderators, Boyd Buser, DO, AOA past president, and Heather Ivy, DO, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association resident trustee and resident advisor on the AOA Board of Trustees, will provide thorough updates on the following topics:
  • Progress of AOA programs transitioning to ACGME accreditation
  • AOA board certification eligibility
  • Osteopathic Recognition (OR)
  • AOA fellowship eligibility
  • The AOA's commitment to protecting residents during the transitio
Upon signing up for the webinar, residents will have the opportunity to submit questions for the moderators to address.

Register for the webinar
The DO Article
 News and Resources

5 takeaways from Medscape's 2018 physician burnout report
Octavia Cannon, DO, emphasizes the responsibility of physicians to educate students and residents about physician burnout.
Link: The DO article

Beaumont, Grosse Pointe names DO new chief medical officer
Infectious disease specialist Nicholas Gilpin, DO, has been appointed chief medical officer for Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.
Link: Crain's Detroit Business

McLaren Bay Region recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan for higher quality maternity care
Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan has recognized McLaren Bay Region with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.
Link: McLaren Announcement

Grand Rapids Area Hospitals Enhancing Healthy Visitor Efforts
Grand Rapids area hospitals are working to meet the challenge of caring for our community during this CDC-declared flu epidemic. One of the most important tools in fighting the transmission of flu is limiting exposure.

The flu can be especially dangerous to the young, frail or elderly. For the safety of patients and staff, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Metro Health - University of Michigan Health, Mary Free Bed and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services are limiting visitation to their hospitals.
Link: Metro Health Newsroom article

January 26, 2018, saw the passing of Henry F. Marcus, DO
Click here for a local obituary

January 23, 2018, saw the passing of Edward A. Loniewski, DO, FACOS, FAOAO
Click here for a local obituary

January 9, 2018, saw the passing of David A. Kellam, DO
December 26, 2017, saw the passing of Lawrence "Larry" Abramson, DO 
September 3, 2017, saw the passing of Roy Vomastek, DO
Click here for a local obituary 
Click here for a local news story  
August 30, 2017, saw the passing of Donald "Doc" R. Barbachym, DO 
Click here for local obituary
June 3, 2017, saw the passing of Charles Alan Slagle, DO 
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