The Michigan Osteopathic Association newsletter for August 4, 2017

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) had a strong showing at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Annual Business Meeting. The meeting includes the AOA House of Delegates (HOD) where the MOA contingent submitted 6 resolutions. Led by MOA President, John Sealey, DO, FACOS, the Michigan delegation was well-represented with over 50 delegates attending the HOD. One resolution submitted by the MOA drew particular robust discussion as the HOD approved a resolution that calls for the AOA's Department of Professional Affairs to research the ethics of physician-assisted death, also known as physician-assisted suicide and physician aid in dying.

"The strength of the MOA's delegation was apparent. It is so gratifying to see our members to make the effort in preparing for the discussion. We were able to speak as one voice as we vetted the many issues before in the caucus meetings," said Dr. Sealey. "I want to thank everyone who participated in the process to bring issues from our membership groups to actions by the AOA."

The MOA submitted 6 resolutions, with 4 approved, one disapproved and one resolution referred to the AOA Professional Affairs department.

Here is a list of the resolutions, with the submitting group and the results:

  • Resolution 2017 AOA H222: United States Immigration Executive Order - APPROVED AS AMENDED (Council of Interns and Residents)
  • Resolution 2017 AOA H339: Equity in Medicare Payments - APPROVED AS AMENDED (Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association)
  • Resolution 2017 AOA H341: Physician Aid in Dying - APPROVED (Macomb County Osteopathic Medical Association)
  • Resolution 2017 AOA H629: Opposition to Conversion Therapy - APPROVED AS AMENDED (Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association)
  • Resolution 2017 AOA H633: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in the Medical Workplace - REFERRED TO AOA DEPT. OF PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS (Southwest Osteopathic Medical Association)
  • Resolution 2017 AOA H634: Transparency in Prescription Drug Pricing and Cost - DISAPPROVED (Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association)
> AOA Annual Business Meeting web page 
> The DO article on the "Physician Aid in Dying" resolution
Online Seminar to help physicians navigate new Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS)

On July 18, a seminar to help guide Michigan doctors through the revamped Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) was co-hosted by the University of Michigan Injury Center, the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network.

Kim Gaedeke, Director of the Bureau of Professional Licensing for the Michigan Department of Licensing Affairs, and Rebecca Haffajee, J.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and assistant professor of health management and policy at the U of M School of Public Health both presented in the seminar.

The new MAPS system is designed to prevent prescription abuse of opioids and other medications to patients. The system tracks prescriptions and, in a major improvement, data collection will be almost in "real time," as opposed to the previous system where records were records of prescriptions would not be updated in the system for months.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Safe Opioid Use Task Force is represented on the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission by MOA board member Stephen R. Bell, DO, FACOI. The Safe Opioid Use Task Force has presented recommendations to the commission in regards to addressing the opioid crisis in Michigan. Revamping the MAPS system is a vital step towards preventing prescription abuse. 

> LARA Michigan Automated Prescription System web page
Dr. Robert Borenitsch Appointed to Michigan Board of Audiology

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Borenitsch on being appointed to the Michigan Board of Audiology. The nine-member board licenses and regulates audiologists practicing in Michigan.  

Dr. Borenitsch has his own practice which he opened in 1984, and is the president of the Saginaw Osteopathic Society. He holds a doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He will represent those licensed to practice medicine or osteopathic medicine and surgery who hold a certificate of qualification from the American board of otolaryngology and replace Paul Hoff.


Registration is open for the Autumn Scientific Convention

Autumn Convention "Save the Date!" November 3-5, 2017
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will once again host the Autumn Scientific Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the beautiful Amway Grand Plaza. The event has grown over the last 12 years and will offer 20 AOA 1-A credits. Grand Rapids has been a great city for the convention, offering a wide variety of dining, shopping and attractions.
Practice Manager Conference (Link for information and registration)
Science Research Exhibition (Link)
Update your MOA profile
Do you have a new email address? A new office address? Stay connected and ensure you have access to membership benefits and the issues affecting healthcare.

1. Visit: The member login is on the right hand side of the home page.
2. We can update your profile over the phone. Simply call the MOA office at 517.347.1555

Membership Benefit Links:
> Top 10 Membership Benefits
> Member Discount Programs
> Member Benefits Flyer (PDF)

Thank you to all of the MOA members who support the association and for being the "Doctors that DO!"

The Michigan Osteopathic Association membership dues cycle has begun for the 2018 calendar year!
· First two weeks of August: invoices sent via email
· First week of September: invoices mailed to those who didn't already pay

If you haven't already paid your 2017 dues, there is still time. Stay connected, call the MOA office today!

Michigan Osteopathic Association main desk: 517.347.1555

Peru Global Outreach Program Fundraiser

Marking its 10th anniversary, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) will travel to South America for the annual Peru Global Outreach Program. Last year the program had 80 participants, the largest group to date. In order to facilitate this tremendous outreach Medical Mission Peru relies on fundraising. Paul and Annette Lacasse lent their help, hosted a Euchre Party to raise money for the program. The event attracted plenty of fans of the program, including the Best Mascot in the Big Ten, Sparty.

Congratulations to the MSUCOM Medical Mission Peru on your 10th year! And thank you to all of the amazing student and faculty volunteers who have lent their talents to this program.

> Medical Mission Peru Facebook page
> Medical Mission Peru Blog
> Background on the program
The Oakland County Osteopathic Association (OCOMA) and the Oakland County Medical Society (OCMS) are sponsoring "An Afternoon of Wellness," a program examining physician burnout and how to develop healthy strategies to minimize the causes. The event will feature a panel discussion- "Avenues to Freedom," as well as breakout sessions.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roger Smith, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Professor of Clinical Biological Sciences at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 3.5 Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation in the event.

> Registration for An Afternoon of Wellness
> Flyer for An Afternoon of Wellness (PDF)
Metro Health - University of Michigan Health Named "Most Wired" Hospital
Designation recognizes excellence in IT

Metro Health - University of Michigan Health has been named one of the country's most technologically savvy hospitals for the sixth straight year, earning the "Most Wired" designation from the American Hospital Association.
Based on data collected through an online survey early this year, the Most Wired designation recognizes hospitals for IT excellence in four areas: infrastructure, business and administrative management, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.
In the survey's 19-year history, Metro Health has garnered Most Wired kudos eight times, including the past six years in a row.
"The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology to reach their patients and improve access to care," says Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association.
"We're always looking to integrate technology in a way that makes it easier for patients and providers to interact," says Joshua Wilda, chief information officer at Metro Health - University of Michigan Health. "Many of our technology tools also help patients become more involved in their care."
Hospitals earning Most Wired status are especially adept at using mobile devices and remote monitoring to help patients access healthcare services. Here's a sampling of ways these characteristics play out at Metro Health:
    *    Secure messaging. For a decade now, patients have been able to send secure messages to clinicians via Metro's online patient portal. Secure messaging expanded to mobile devices in 2014.
    *    Prescription renewals. Metro Health is among the two-thirds of Most Wired hospitals that let patients renew prescriptions on mobile devices, a capability that also became available in 2014.
    *     E-visits. E-visits through Metro's online portal have proved beneficial for an array of cases. They allow patients to interact with providers without visiting the doctor's office.
    *    Real-time care management. Metro Health combines various technologies to allow care managers to reach out to high-risk patients through the online portal, providing information and advice that can help them avoid multiple office visits.
Metro Health is also among the majority of Most Wired hospitals that use sophisticated IT monitoring techniques. Among them: intrusion detection systems, data access audits (who accessed what data and when), and phishing exercises that teach employees to question suspicious emails.
In addition, like many Most Wired hospitals, Metro Health is on the vanguard in the use of data and analytics to improve care, reduce costs and support decision making.
"We're determined to become even more data driven," Wilda says. "Data and analytics hold so much promise for transforming care delivery that they demand our attention."

Spartan Street Medicine Launches in downtown Lansing

Spartan Street Medicine (SSM), a MSUCOM student-run organization, is bringing medical students
and physicians together to regularly provide basic health services directly to our under-served
community members in the day shelters and on the streets of Lansing, MI.

The purpose of the effort is to connect patients to primary care for sustainable maintenance of their health and well-being. With 5 clinics already performed, and more scheduled, SSM is quickly making a difference in downtown Lansing. 

"We strive to adapt our patient-centered model to overcome socioeconomic barriers
to care and meet the unique needs of each patient we serve," said Brianne Feldpausch, SSM Director.

The Spartan Street Medicine program is looking for attending physicians! If you are an empathetic physician who is passionate about serving the under-served, SSM is looking to have you on the team. The role is laid back, with low time-commitment (~4 hours x 1 day/month or bimonthly). SSM can work around your schedule. They also need PCPs to whom they can refer patients for sustainable care. If you practice in the Lansing area, and can accept referrals of patients, please contact SSM.

To get involved, contact:
Brianne Feldpausch, SSM director
Phone: 989/388-2651

Donations: If you are unable to join the SSM team but would still like to support the cause, donations may be via check
to "MSUCOM" with the memo "SSM, AS-000131" and sent to:
MSUCOM; Attn: Ms. Beth Courey
Spartan Street Medicine
965 Fee Road, Room C101 East Fee
East Lansing, MI 48824-1316

Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills and the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine  (MSUCOM) are sponsoring a Symposium for Primary Care Medicine in Novi, Michigan. The event is for primary care physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses. The two-day event, Nov. 3rd and 4th, will feature sessions ranging from new guidelines on COPD to "The Future of Technology and Patient Care."

The event will feature a virtual workshop on chest X-ray diagnosis, reviewing case studies and examine challenging issues seen in the primary care office.

> Program Information and Online Registration           
> Symposium for Primary Care Medicine brochure (PDF)
News and Resources

Over 81,000 DOs in US as number continues to rise, per new physician census

In the Federation of State Medical Boards' (FSMB) newest physician census, it found that there are over 23,000 new DOs since 2010 - an increase of over 40%. According to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the number could be even higher, possibly over 125,000 once osteopathic medical students are factored in.


American Society of Addiction Medicine Planning Survey

If you have a role in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery- you can help the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) help your profession. A quick survey is online and the results will be used in strategic planning and policy decisions.

The ASAM is dedicated to increasing access to and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

> ASAM Strategic Planning Survey 2017
Questions or concerns about the survey:

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is participating as a proud member of the Parent Information Network (PIN). The MOA is asking those on social media share their thoughts using the hashtag #NIAM and be sure to "Like" the IVaccinate Facebook page. 


Nominations for 'HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion' award now open

The 'HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion' is an annual award given jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Cancer Society (ACS), and Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI).

The award is to recognize clinicians and healthcare providers doing an exceptional job of protecting adolescents from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) through higher vaccination rates. Winners will be chosen based on a wide range of criteria. You can nominate at the link below on the CDC website.


April 27, 2017, saw the passing of John "Jack" Finley, Jr., DO
Click here for local obituary

April 7, 2017, saw the passing of James "Jim" Herbert Growney Jr., DO
Click here for a local obituary

March 23, 2017 saw the passing of Donald Boxman, DO
Click here for a local obituary

January 4, 2017, saw the passing of John A. Walker, DO
Click here for a local obituary

December 27, 2016 saw the passing of Max McKinney II, DO
Click here for a local obituary
Todd Ross, Manager of Communications | 517.347.1555 ext. 120