August 24, 2020 — Autumn Online CME, COVID-19 Updates and Resources
MOA Hosts Governor's COVID-19 Webinar

Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Board of Trustee Emily Hurst, DO, MOA President Jeffrey Postlewaite, DO, FACOOG, MBA, and MOA Executive Director, Kris Nicholoff hosted a COVID-19 Update webinar. MOA members were invited to provide questions and join the Zoom webinar that featured Governor Gretchen Whitmer. After a brief update on the COVID-19 situation in Michigan, Gov. Whitmer took questions from Drs. Hurst and Postlewaite. The webinar is posted on the MOA YouTube channel and is embedded below.
OCOMA and MCOMA host Virtual CME Program
The OCOMA and MCOMA Component Societies are presenting an online CME event for primary care. The "Back to the Basics – The Nuts and Bolts of Primary Care," will feature hot topics in primary care. The virtual CME sessions will be delivered via the MOA Learning Center platform.

Back to the Basics – The Nuts and Bolts of Primary Care
Saturday, August 29, 2020 8:00 AM – 3:15 PM 
Autumn Online CME event Nov. 7 and 8

After surveying our membership and analyzing the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Michigan Osteopathic Association has made the decision to cancel the in-person convention that is annually held in Grand Rapids. In its place, the MOA will provide CME sessions online in the same manner Spring CME sessions were presented. The speakers for this event are being selected and registration is open. If you participated in the Spring CME program, your Online Learning Center profile has been created. Simply register using the link below and the program will show in your profile one week before the event. If you are new to the Online Learning Center, you should also register using the link below. Your profile will be created and the program will be added a week before the event. All registrants will receive instructional emails before the event.
Past Presidents Receive AOA Appointments

Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Immediate Past President, Craig Glines, DO, MSBA, FACOOG, has been appointed to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Education (BOE). The BOE works to advance osteopathic medicine and strengthen the osteopathic community.

“I am truly honored to be a part of the B.O.E. and I look forward to working in the group to help further their mission,” said Dr. Glines.
With a plethora of international medicine experience, Lawrence Prokop, DO, FAAPM&R, FAOCPMR-D, FAOASM, has been appointed to the AOA, Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM).

A past President of the MOA, Dr. Prokop will be working with familiar faces. "I have worked with Amy Byerwalter, AOA VP for International Affairs and Josh Prober, JD, Counsel to the AOA, in the past on my South Korea activities and the Memo of Understanding between the Korean Society of Manual Medicine & AOA. It will be great to work with her again," said Dr. Prokop.
Questions on COVID-19? Just ask Robin

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) offers a webpage of resources specifically designed for healthcare professionals.

From PPE to patient protocols to licensing questions, the FAQ page offers links to resources to clarify the issues physicians are facing. The webpage also utilizes the IBM Watson Assistant in the form of "Robin," a virtual assistant that can quickly help find specific topics.
What residents are getting paid in 2020
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Clinical practice pathway for AOA addiction medicine certification now available
Eligible DOs can obtain the certification after spending 1,000 practice hours on addiction medicine over a two-year period. Continue to the full story from The DO>

The COVID-19 window: ‘High ground’ health policy during times of crisis
Clinicians have a distinct perspective to contribute to policy development, especially now, when the world is tuned in to their heroic work on the front lines of the pandemic.

DO from Netflix’s Lenox Hill discusses practicing medicine on camera
The show, currently available for streaming, follows the professional (and often personal) lives of four New York City physicians in a major hospital. Continue to the full story from The DO>

How two emergency medicine DOs maintain wellness during COVID-19
Peer support is essential, attest the two DOs, who also share the additional routines and habits they have in place to prioritize their wellness.
What to know about Telehealth billing and coding during COVID-19
Learn more about the changes to telemedicine billing and coding procedures brought on by CMS’ Waiver 1135. Continue to the full story from The DO>
Thank you to our Strategic Partners

The MOA would like to thank our network of Strategic Partners. Without their help, programs like the Spring and Autumn CME events could not take place. Their support has been vital as the MOA pivoted from in-person meetings to establishing an online learning platform. As our state, our country and the world struggle to find a balance in a time of COVID-19, please take a moment to reflect on how essential these healthcare groups are in protecting our communities.
COVID-19 Materials and Business Impact Survey
How has COVID-19 Impacted your practice?

As the MOA is attempting to fill the needs of our members, we are trying to get a better grasp of what those needs are and what changes the COVID-19 crisis has caused for our membership. Please take a moment to complete the short survey to share your insight on how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted your practice.
Kerr Russell Lawyers selected as Best Lawyers by peers

Congratulations to Kerr Russell who have 16 members have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021®. Among those receiving Best Lawyer honors was Health Care Law expert, Dan Schulte. The MOA is honored to have Schulte as an asset to our organization and to our members.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Provider Relief Fund: Key Facts for Providers
Qualified health care service and support providers now have access to relief funds for appropriate expenses, lost revenue due to COVID-19, or to help uninsured Americans get testing and treatment for COVID-19.

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPPCHE), the federal government has allocated $175 billion in payments to be distributed through the Provider Relief Fund (PRF).

These payments do not need to be repaid to the US government, assuming providers comply with the terms and conditions.

Applications are currently open for Phase 2 General Distribution funding for Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), dental providers, and certain Medicare providers.

All groups will have until Friday, August 28, 2020 to apply.
COVID-19 Regulatory Updates from August 21
COVID-19 regulatory updates from the last week include a new resource for rural healthcare and new policies for inpatient and long-term care hospitals, and rehab facilities.

New COVID-19 resource for rural healthcare
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) has released a Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19. This new resource documents all current COVID-19-related waivers and flexibilities issued by CMS that impact Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, rural hospitals generally, and long term care facilities, and describes the significance of each provision for these rural providers and facilities.

New COVID-19 policies for inpatient and long-term care hospitals, and rehab facilities
CMS released guidance for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 admitted to an inpatient or long-term care hospital, or rehabilitation facility on or after September 1, 2020, to comply with provisions of the CARES Act to allows for a 20% payment increase. Eligible claims must have a positive COVID-19 laboratory test ICD-10 code (B97.29 or U07.1) documented in the patient’s medical record.

Certain children’s hospitals will receive Provider Relief Funds
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $1.4 billion will be allocated to 80 free-standing children’s hospitals through the Provider Relief Fund. As the healthcare system continues to grapple with the financial hardships caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), children’s hospitals have been uniquely impacted. This distribution is targeted for children’s hospitals that are not affiliated with larger hospital systems. Qualifying free-standing children’s hospital must either be an exempt hospital under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) or be a HRSA defined Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education facility. Eligible hospitals will receive 2.5 percent of their net revenue from patient care starting next week.

CMS to resume all inspections of Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers
CMS will resume all routine inspections for Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers. CMS previously suspended non-urgent inspections to prioritize infection surveys during the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize infection control and immediate jeopardy situations, and to give health care providers and suppliers time to respond to the spread of the virus.

CMS COVID-19 Office Hours Calls
Office Hour Calls provide an opportunity for hospitals, health systems, and providers to ask questions of agency officials regarding CMS’s temporary actions that empower local hospitals and healthcare systems to Increase Hospital Capacity, Rapidly Expand the Healthcare Workforce, Put Patients Over Paperwork; and Further Promote Telehealth in Medicare. Next week’s Office Hours Call is Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 5 – 6 p.m., ET.

Toll Free Attendee Dial In: (833) 614-0820
Access Passcode: 8579003
The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) conducted a media call June 15 to announce the launch of its statewide “Big Changes Ahead” public education campaign and website,

The campaign is designed to make Michiganders aware of the medical coverage options available to them when the new auto no-fault insurance law takes effect July 1. The website will help drivers make fact-based decisions on how to best protect themselves while driving and encourages them to purchase the highest level of personal injury protection (PIP) they can afford.

Reporters from several media outlets, including the Lansing State Journal and MiBiz, participated in the call and asked questions about the scope and messaging of the Big Changes Ahead campaign, cost savings mandated by the new law and medical costs associated with auto accidents. 

The homepage provides a video overview of the law, and the site outlines information on the levels of medical and rehabilitation coverage drivers can choose to protect against potentially large out-of-pocket costs, including long-term medical and rehabilitation expenses. It answers questions about how the law will work and provides links to news coverage providing background.

The website also offers downloadable resources that members and others may use to help explain the new law and available choices, including an infographic, templates for letters to the editor of local news outlets, a sample newsletter article and more.

For more information, contact Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.
The Record

Here’s an update on temporary changes due to COVID‑19 pandemic
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have made many temporary changes to support providers and protect members during the COVID‑19 pandemic. 


June 26, 2020, saw the passing of Milton A. Raskin, DO

June 12, 2020, saw the passing of Waldo "Doc" Erhardt Robert Frankenstein, DO

May 26, 2020, saw the passing of Harold Rexford Ruettinger, DO

February 18, 2020, saw the passing of Rowland W. Hinds, DO

December 5, 2019, saw the passing of Jack Quarters, DO

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