The Pulse Newsletter | Michigan Osteopathic Association, March 9, 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.

Due to the concern over the new regulations from a number of physicians, the MOA and MAFP offered a survey designed to gain feedback on the concerns and the specific areas of confusion.

The survey had over 100 respondents from a wide range of physicians and practice managers. The questions gathered from the survey were organized and presented to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) in a conference call on March 7, 2018. Participating on the call was Kim Gaedeke, Director Bureau of Professional Licensing under LARA, along with members of the MOA Safe Opioid Use Task Force. The call was productive and many of the concerns from the survey were addressed by LARA. More importantly, the line of communication between LARA and the MOA has been established. Moving forward, LARA and the MOA will periodically share information to ensure the regulations and the MAPS system can work to reduce prescription abuse while allowing reasonable access to pain management for patients. LARA will be issuing new instructional materials and guides to help make MAPS easier to navigate. The MOA will share the information from LARA as it is released. If you wish to provide your input on the issues related to MAPS, contact:
Todd Ross
Manager of Communications 

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 Spotlight: 

AOA CO*RE REMS Session at Spring Convention
Speaker: William Morrone, DO, MS, FACOFP 
Friday, May 18, 2018, 2 - 5 pm

The curriculum conveys messaging required by the FDA Blueprint for Prescriber Education for Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics. The curriculum addresses assessment of  patients for treatment with ER/LA opioids; initiation, modification and discontinuation of treatment and management of ongoing therapy; counseling of patients and caregivers about the safe use of these medications, including proper storage and disposal; and general and product-specific drug information concerning ER/LA opioids.  

Meets LARA Pain & Symptom Management Requirements (3 hours). Session included in Full 2018 Spring Convention Registration for physicians. 
Registration also available for RN, NP and PA's.
Contact: Melissa Budd
P: 517-347-1555 ext. 110

 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

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
Michigan Political Leadership Program Fundraiser

The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) hosted their 23rd Annual Fundraising Dinner in Livonia, MI, as part of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP). The event featured guest speakers Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland and Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Bruce Wolf (MSUCOM, MOA), MSU Interim President John Engler and Dr. Cheryl Gibson Fountain (MSMS)
Joshua Richmond (MSMS), Dr. Cheryl Gibson (MSMS) Fountain, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Dr. Bruce Wolf (MSUCOM, MOA)
Dr. David Neff awarded for Combating Opioid Crisis

The Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians (MOAFP) presented the 2018 Friend of Family Medicine Award to David Neff, DO.

MAFP Advocacy Committee Chair Dr. Tina Tanner presenting Dr. David Neff with the 2018 Friend of Family Medicine Award

The annual award is recognition of a public official for their outstanding contributions to improving the health and safety of Michigan residents.

Dr. Neff, board certified in family medicine, has been involved with the Michigan Osteopathic Association's (MOA) Safe Opioid Use Task Force since its inception and served as moderator for the "Townhall to Combat Opioids" at the 2016 MOA Spring Scientific Convention. He currently serves as chief medical director in Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Medical Affairs, Medical Services Administration.

Mini Medical School Visits Genesee STEM Academy

The Michigan Health Council, with Mary Goldman, DO, and an amazing group of volunteers, presented a Mini Medical School at the Genesee STEM Academy in Flint, Michigan. Osteopathic physicians and students volunteered to present to young children about how the human body works, what they can do to help their bodies stay healthy and how they can pursue a career in healthcare. Every student who completed the Mini Medical School program was presented a certificate of completion and given a bag of healthcare-related items to take home.
A special "thank you!" to the numerous volunteers from Genesys | Ascension for taking time from their busy schedules to participate.

Link: Mini Medical School Genesee STEM Academy photo album

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Partnership News

New Provider-Delivered Care Management engagement initiative and key value-based reimbursement updates
As communicated at two webinars in January, a new PDCM Engagement Initiative is being launched, open to all PGIP Physician Organizations. POs that apply and meet criteria, can receive upfront at-risk funding to support care management at the practice or PO level.

University of Michigan offers opioid Teach-Out
University of Michigan is offering a free, online Teach-Out, Solving the Opioid Crisis, on March 5. The course will be taught by University faculty. It requires a two- to four-hour commitment to complete.

Twice-yearly Drug Take Back Day helps combat opioid crisis
As the state's largest health insurers, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have been supporting the DEA's Drug Take Back Day since 2011. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove opioids and other medicines from the country's homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens.
The DEA's next Drug Take Back Day is April 28, 2018, so mark your calendar.

Blue Cross announces opioid policy change
Starting Feb. 1, 2018, Blue Cross will be working with physicians to limit patients who are new to opioid therapy and receiving a short-acting opioid to a five-day supply for their first prescription fill. Subsequent prescriptions and refills will be limited to a 30-day supply.

Blue Cross, Partners announce $570,000 to communities across the state
Nine community coalitions throughout Michigan will receive a total of $570,400 in funding through the Taking Action on Opioid and Prescription Drug Abuse in Michigan by Supporting Community Responses initiative.

Blue Cross works with policy makers to address epidemic
In late December, Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed an opioid bill into law (Public Acts 246-255 of 2017) that will, among other things, increase use of the Michigan Automated Prescription System, limit new prescriptions to a seven-day supply and increase communications efforts for patients prescribed an opioid.

Link: BCBSM Partnership Update

The Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association has announced the educational program for LARA licensing requirements on Saturday, March 24, 2018 has reached capacity. Thank you to all who have registered.

The 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention will offer sessions that will fulfill Michigan licensing requirements for pain & symptom management, human trafficking for physicians and other health care providers.
Friday, May 18, 2018
2 - 6 pm Algonquin
Michigan *LARA Requirements 4.0 credits

Spring Scientific Convention Registration
LARA Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery website
McLaren Greater Lansing innovative pain management
McLaren Greater Lansing is featured in the Lansing State Journal on their innovative approach to pain and anxiety relief for laboring mothers. Their labor and delivery department is now offering nitrous oxide to laboring moms who would like some pain relief but are hoping to delay or avoid an epidural.

"One of the benefits to nitrous oxide is a reduced perception of pain and anxiety," said Dr. Russell, an obstetrics and gynecology physician and medical director at McLaren Medical Group. "Other advantages are that it's patient self administered, takes effect quickly, and you are still able to move freely."

For more information on McLaren Greater Lansing's birth center, please call (517) 975-7300.

Lansing State Journal article on McLaren Greater Lansing
McLaren Birth Center Website
 News and Resources

2017 Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Attestation Deadline Extended
Eligible Professionals (EPs) attesting to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program with the State of Michigan, will need to attest to program year 2017 by 11:59PM on May 1, 2018.
Link: Michigan Health IT

Pilot study shows  potential for OMM in workplace ergonomics
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders account for one-third of all U.S. workplace injuries and illness cases. 

Physicians are not immune from workplace injuries. A paper in the December Journal of the American Osteopathic Association  points to the need for more research exploring ergonomic or osteopathic manipulative medicine interventions that might be beneficial to ophthalmologists, and potentially to people in other workplaces.
Link: MSUCOM Article

The power of a positive attending
A fourth-year medical student reflects on an attitude-altering rotation.
"This doctor assumed I was good and gave me the opportunity to prove him right instead of assuming that I was inadequate and eventually giving me the opportunity to prove him wrong." 
Link: The DO 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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Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association
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