The Pulse Newsletter | Michigan Osteopathic Association, March 23, 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.

LARA requirement for prescribing delayed

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) requirement to establish a "bona fide prescriber-patient relationship" prior to prescribing any controlled substances, which was part of the recently enacted opioid and prescribing legislative package, will be delayed pending the Governor's signature. As passed by the Legislature, House Bill 5678, sponsored by Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian), extends the effective date to March 31, 2019 or upon the promulgation of rules if prior to March 31, 2019. This requirement was originally slated to take effect at the end of this month.

Delaying the effective date gives the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) and a coalition of stakeholders the opportunity to work with LARA through the rules promulgation process to address several concerns with the definition of "bona fide prescriber-patient relationship." The current definition severely restricts the ability to provide quality care to established patients in emergent situations, when another prescriber is providing care when the primary prescriber is unavailable, when another licensed member of the health care team has been delegated to provide care, and during transitions of care such as from a hospital to a nursing home or hospice.

The MOA met with leadership within LARA in making sure this requirement did not take effect without appropriately addressing these unintended consequences. MOA appreciates Rep. Kahle for agreeing to use her bill as the vehicle to accomplish this and Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), Chair of the Senate Health Policy Committee, for shepherding the final compromise through to its resolution.

Women of Excellence reception

The Women of Excellence will host its annual reception and award presentation.

The reception will feature guest speaker Gretchen Whitmer, a 2018 Michigan gubernatorial candidate. The event will include light hors d'oeuvres and beverages.
Seating and space will be limited.   

Date: May 18, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Westin Hotel in Southfield, Charlevoix A & B


A 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

Submit a Nomination
MDHHS Public Safety and Public Health Opioid Conference

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will host the Public Safety and Public Health Conference on April 17th, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West (925 South Creyts Road, Lansing, MI, 48917). 

This one-day conference will gather public safety and public health professionals in the State of Michigan to strategize on the Opioid epidemic. Best practices will be shared and networking opportunities with stakeholders from all over the state will be available. The conference will help communities throughout the State of Michigan collaborate to fight the opioid epidemic.

Registration ends Friday, April 6th and the conference will have limited spots available, so MDHHS is asking to please register as soon as possible. 

The conference will begin with registration at 7:30 AM and end around 5:00 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you at this event! For any questions related to the conference, please reach out to me. (

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

 Spring Convention Session Spotlights: 

Speaker Bureau Workshop
The session is a training seminar for improving on presentation skills, such as:
  • Selection of an engaging topic and title
  • Power-point skills
  • Organization and other pointers to increase recall/retention and interest
Sunday, 12 - 4 pm
Participation in this course will be noted during the speaker selection process for future conferences.

Physician Wellness Center
The Physician Wellness Center will be open during designated times during convention for all attendees and their guests, free of charge.  Come stretch out with our Yoga instructor Amanda or take a break for some OMM.  Tables are available for use on a first-come, first serve basis (a sign up sheet will also be provided). 
Friday & Saturday
Location: TC Linguini, Westin Southfield Detroit
All participants required to sign a medical waiver prior to activities in the Physician Wellness Center.

OMM Hands-on Experience 
(CME Available) 
11:30 am - 2 pm
Interested in performing OMT at the Physician Wellness Center? 
Contact Melissa Budd:
Yoga Instruction
8 am - 2 pm 
Guided meditation,  relaxation & Asana yoga class. Walk-ins for private and group yoga sessions welcome. 

 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

Boards that successfully lead organizations through significant transformation make an investment in board succession planning, infrastructure, education and ongoing development. In today's healthcare environment, boards and management teams will be tested, which is why board members should consider enrolling in the MHA Excellence in Governance Fellowship.
The fellowship is a rigorous and comprehensive program that delivers tools and knowledge in four strategic areas: principles of effective governance, improving
Graduates of the fellowship, which has existed for more than a decade, have high praise for the fellowship, as demonstrated by this graduate's testimonial.
quality and patient safety, building collaborative medical staff partnerships, an d building strong relationships with the community and stakeholders. Each of the five sessions, held from July 2018 through June 2019, is led by experts in governance with a healthcare background.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 - 2019  Excellence in Governance Fellowship . Space is limited for this class.

To further explore this one-of-a-kind offering, contact 
Erin Steward at the MHA.

AMOA Distracted Driver program in Lansing

Lansing, Mich.-- The Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA) delivered their Distracted Driver program to a highly appreciative audience at Lansing's Trinity Lutheran School. A regular sight at MOA events, the program illustrates to drivers, and drivers-to-be, the dangers of distracted driving.
Thanks for all you DO AMOA!

 News and Resources

Opioid epidemic: Patients who are caught in the middle
A special report from the Monroe News offers patient perspectives on the new regulations regarding opioid prescriptions. Also included, a companion piece with the MOA's Stephen Bell, DO, on how the medical community has responded to the opioid crisis.
Link: Monroe News articles

Health Care Programs to Receive Major Boost from Omnibus Spending Bill
The new omnibus spending bill would add $4 billion to combating the opioid epidemic and increase the NIH budget by $3 billion.
Link: U.S. News & World Report article

End of Brutal Flu Season in Sight
For the sixth week in a row, there was a decrease in the number of doctor visits for flu-like illness, according to the CDC 
Link: HealthDay 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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