MOA Receives Top Honors at the
MSAE Diamond Awards

The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) hosts an annual awards ceremony honoring outstanding achievement in the industry. The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has been recognized in past years in various categories and 2016 was no exception. The MOA received honors in five categories, including two Diamond Awards.
  • Diamond Award: Government Relations Project for the MOA Opioid Task Force leadership role on legislative and policy to combat the opioid crisis
  • Diamond Award: Public Relations Campaign for vaccination awareness campaigns
  • Silver Award: Excellence in Meetings and Expositions
  • Silver Award: Excellence in E-Newsletter
  • Silver Award: Excellence in Magazine Publishing
The Diamond Awards represent the top honors in the state among associations. "Seeing our team's hard work get recognized is very rewarding. But it is especially great to receive awards for our efforts on the opioid and vaccination issues. Those are two issues that extend way beyond our membership. We are making a difference in the community and that is particularly gratifying," said MOA CEO/Director, Kris Nicholoff.

The MOA would like to thank our network of Strategic Partners and the collaborative groups who help in our efforts to educate and raise awareness on the health issues in our communities.
Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA)
McLaren Health
Sparrow Health
Beaumont Health
Parent Information Network (PIN)
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) 

Stephen Bell, DO, Appointed to the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission

Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the initial appointments to the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission, created by the Executive Order he signed in June. The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will be represented by Stephen Bell, DO. Dr. Bell previously served on the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force and currently chairs the MOA's Safe Opioid Use Task Force.

The 21-member Commission, will review the Report of Findings and Recommendations for Action from the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. They are tasked with developing and proposing policies that will be used in an action plan for implementation.

"I am honored to serve our state on such an important issue facing our communities. Osteopathic physicians can provide a unique perspective on pain management and addiction treatment," said Dr. Bell.

The creation of the commission was a recommendation of the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force the Governor created last year that was chaired by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

For more information, click here.
Be prepared for MACRA!
MOA Hosts Sept. 28th Seminar

In the spring of 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule that links Medicare provider payments to quality patient care. This is the first major step taken by the government to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, also known as MACRA. The MACRA law replaced the Medicare sustainable growth rate, commonly known as "SGR" or the "doc fix." The law fundamentally changes how Medicare pays physicians and other clinicians who participate in the program.   

The CMS announced on Thursday it will allow providers to choose the level and pace at which they comply with the new payment reform model aimed at emphasizing quality patient care over volume. While this step was meant to relieve providers, for some it has added another layer of confusion to the program. 

On September 28, 2016, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will host a seminar for physicians and their staff on what they need to know about MACRA. and what they need to know to get ready. MACRA/MIPS implementation begins in 2017, 2017 performance will determine 2019 CMS payment adjustments.

The event will be live at MSUCOM East Lansing Campus, C-102 East Fee HALL Patenge Room and broadcast to the MSUCOM Detroit and Macomb campuses. 
There is no charge for these sessions, your medical staff is welcome to attend.  
For free registration, click here.
For more information, contact:   
Cynthia Earles 

Look for more MACRA sessions in the future:   

Autumn Convention Session Spotlight:

Pain Management and Combating the Opioid Crisis

In May, the 117th Spring Science Convention offered a Town Hall on combating the opioid crisis. The participation was overwhelming. The session sold out and the room was expanded to allow even more participants. In November, the Autumn Scientific Convention will offer an afternoon of sessions dedicated to pain management and the opioid issues facing our communities.  

The agenda will be as follows:

Speaker: Anthony Ognjan, DO, FACP
Topic: The magnitude of opioid mortality epidemic

Speaker: David Neff, DO
Topic: Overview of the National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) - The economic and social impact of illicit drug trafficking in Michigan

Speaker: William Morrone, DO, MS, FACOFP, FAAOAM
Topic: First things, first - save a life with Narcan (naloxone) at the site of an overdose

Speaker: David Best, DO, MS, ABAM
Topic: Stabilizing addiction and heading toward recovery with medicated assisted therapy (MAT) and behavioral therapies

Speaker: Lawrence Prokop, DO
Topic: Alternatives to opioid based therapies in treating pain

Panel Discussion
Moderator: John Bodell, DO, FACOS
Discussants: Dr. Ognjan, Dr. Neff, Dr. Morrone, Dr. Best, Dr. Prokop

This promises to be another event where DO's can learn, share and discuss strategies for tackling the complex issues surrounding pain management and opioid addiction.

For registration and more information, click here.   
Scientific Research Exhibit Continues to Grow 
SRE Call for Submissions

The Michigan Osteopathic Association hosts a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) at both the spring and autumn conventions. These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession. The SRE event demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms the profession's commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine.

The 12th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention will be Nov. 4-6, 2016. As a major component of the convention, the SRE has seen continual growth each year the convention has been in Grand Rapids.
The SRE growth is impressive and the importance is recognized by MOA leadership. "I'm excited for scholarly activity which is one of the ACGME new requirements for our programs, our program directors and our residents," said MOA Past President and current board member, Myral Robbins, DO, FAAFP FACOFP, "... and to see the students and the residents and the supervising faculty moving toward that is so gratifying and it's great for our profession."

The SRE committee is now accepting submissions for autumn convention.

To submit an abstract, for more information or to see past winners, visit:

Friendly Faces at McLaren Oakland Grad Ceremony

From this summer, (left to right) Joe Gorz, DO, MOA Resident of the Year 2016, Chad Grant, CEO of McLaren Oakland and Adam Hunt, DO, McLaren Oakland Resident of the Year 2016. From the McLaren Oakland graduation ceremony at the Centerpoint Marriott in Bloomfield Hills.
Integrated Care Training

The Michigan Psychiatric Society (MSP) is hosting an educational opportunity for Integrated Care Training, Saturday Sept. 24.  It is a free session for participants and will result in four (4) CME hours. Although the program appears to be geared towards psychiatrists, MSP is reaching out to Family and General practitioners to join us as well. The premise of integrating all care will call for these partnerships going forward between physical and mental health.

For registration, click HERE
News & Resource Links

Ask for Better at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at McLaren Port Huron
Asking for better gives patients access to a team of experts, new treatments, technology, and clinical trials - all proven to deliver better outcomes. To learn more about Karmanos' newest location in Port Huron, visit their website.

Congratulations to Sparrow Health 
Twenty-four Sparrow-owned primary care practices have been selected as a Patient-Centered Medical Home designated practice by Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Michigan for the 2016 program year.
Link: Sparrow News

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Designates Record Number of Physician Practices as Patient-Centered Medical Homes 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and its physician partners are leading the nation in advancing the patient-centered medical home model of care, as 1,638 practices, comprised of 4,534 physicians, have earned designation as patient-centered medical homes.
EHR: Does the government know what it's doing to physicians?
Physicians spend almost twice as much time each day typing on computers and filling out paperwork as they do seeing patients. That astonishing conclusion comes from research published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Link: Does Gov't. Know?
AOAAM Hosts "Essentials of Addiction Medicine"

The American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) is hosting a special seminar on addiction medicine. The "Essentials of Addiction Medicine" course will be held on the Michigan State University (MSU) campus. Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Safe Opioid Task Force member, and AOAAM President, William Morrone, DO, will deliver a presentation on both days.

Click here for the agenda.

Date: October 22 & 23, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Where: Michigan State University - Radiology Auditorium 846 Service Rd. Room # 110, Lansing, MI 48824
Earn: 14.75 hours of CME

Click here to register.

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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