August 1, 2019             
2019 AOA Business Meeting

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) convened in Chicago July 22- 28 for the Annual AOA Business Meeting. The event was filled with policy making, reports and the House of Delegates.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) delivered the largest delegation with 47 physician delegates and 3 student representatives. 


Floyd Meachum, DO, awarded Presidential Citation  
Floyd Meachum, DO, FACOFP, continued his legacy of mentorship at the 2019 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Annual Business Meeting. After many years of service on the AOA Credentialing Committee, Dr. Meachum has handed the baton to Michael Kolinski, DO.

For his work on the committee, and contributions to the profession over the course of his career, Dr. Meachum was presented with a Presidential Citation from outgoing AOA President, William Mayo, DO.

Dr. Meachum joined the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) in 1960 and served as the MOA president 1989-90.  
Floyd Meachum, DO, receives the AOA Presidential Citation from outgoing AOA President, William Mayo, DO

2019 Coverys Risk Management Summit:  
Navigating Healthcare Risk Management in 2019-Connecting the Dots

MOA Members get discounts for Coverys Risk Management Summit Livestreamed Event
Date: August 13-14, 2019
Location: The Kensington Hotel, Ann Arbor, MI
The Coverys Risk Management Summit will be held at Coverys-hosted locations in the Midwest. This annual meeting features presentations by thought leaders and experts in healthcare risk management and offers attendees the opportunity to network with peers. Topics this year include: root cause analysis, credentialing, EHR and safety analytics, cybersecurity, enterprise risk management, just culture, diagnostic error, health literacy, and more. Presentations will be livestreamed from Ann Arbor, MI, to additional Coverys-hosted locations in Delafield, WI, Bismarck, ND, Minneapolis, MN, and Des Moines, IA. Attendees at all locations will experience a rich, interactive meeting by participating in polls, submitting questions in real time, and taking part in group discussions.
* What a Difference a Generation Can Make
* DO Faces at Spring Convention
* The Time's Up Movement Hits Healthcare
* Bill Protects Healthcare Workers against Violence
* Don't Count Women Out

Link: 2019 Summer TRIAD   

MSU to Launch Online Master's
degree in Global Health
Individuals with interest in global health and development, health policy and related areas can prepare for numerous experiences by enrolling in Michigan State University's new Master of Science, or M.S., degree and certificate program. It is currently accepting students to begin courses in January 2020.

The online M.S. in Global Health is a multidisciplinary program that is offered through the MSU Institute for Global Health.

Students complete 42 credits over two years, including core courses focusing on competencies in management, ethics, evidence-based practice, globalization of health and health care, strategic analysis, capacity strengthening, collaboration and communications.

The graduate certificate program is comprised of three courses and credits are transferrable to the M.S. program.

"MSU is home to such an incredible depth of experience in research, teaching and service in both health and international development," said Rebecca Malouin, an MSU associate professor and the program director. "We intend to draw on this wealth of knowledge to provide students with a strong base of applied, multidisciplinary knowledge that they can use in many professional settings."

Students can participate in a global course in one of nine countries and/or an independent elective at the location of their choosing. Masters students will also complete a capstone project to demonstrate how their learning could be applied to address a global health challenge.

"There is an immense need for professionals who understand that human health issues are inextricably connected with the environment, animal health and food and water security," said William Cunningham, director of the MSU Institute for Global Health and an associate dean at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

"Our goal in establishing the MSU Master's in Global Health and the graduate certificate program is to prepare students who will have a broad understanding of these connections and who have tools that can be used in addressing them," Cunningham said.

To learn more about the programs, including prerequisites and application information, visit the MSU Institute for Global Health website or contact the institute via email.

What techniques and philosophies do you use in patient care?

A large-scale national survey is now underway to gather data on how DOs currently employ osteopathic medicine and its principles in clinical practice. Certifying Board Services encourages all certification board members to participate.

The   online survey  is designed to collect information about the specific techniques and philosophies DOs commonly use in patient care. This feedback will be used to strengthen content for osteopathically focused certifying board exams as well as inform improvements to osteopathic continuous certification.
Take a few moments to   complete the survey  and feel free to share with other practicing osteopathic physicians. If you have questions, email

AOA Survey
CMS Proposes Payment Changes - Call for comments 
Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2020 

On July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2020.
The calendar year (CY) 2020 PFS proposed rule is one of several proposed rules that reflect a broader Administration-wide strategy to create a healthcare system that results in better accessibility, quality, affordability, empowerment, and innovation.
CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until September 27, 2019 and will respond to comments in a final rule. The proposed rule can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: 

The MOA will host the 15th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Nov. 8 - 10, 2019. Network with colleagues, visit the Scientific Research Exhibit Competition and visit with exhibitors during a compelling and educational weekend. This event has seen tremendous growth since its humble beginnings in 2004. Educational CME opportunity to earn 24-26 AOA Category 1-A credits. The MOA has a limited number of rooms reserved with a group rate discount at the Amway Grand Plaza (link is below).

Autumn Convention SRE Competition

The Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) competition is accepting submissions. Cash prizes and awards await SRE presenters. The Autumn Convention SRE in Grand Rapids is growing each year. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2019 . Participants notified by October 11 of acceptance
Competition is Saturday, November 9. 

Scientific Research Exhibit competition submissions

Pediatric and Adult Influenza Webinar: 2019-2020 Flu Season

MDHHS Division of Immunization in collaboration with the Michigan State University - Extension will be kicking off the 2019-2020 flu season with the 8th  annual Pediatric and Adult Influenza Webinar: 2019-2020 Flu Season on  September 4, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm (ET).  
The webinar is intended to communicate important information for immunization providers on the upcoming flu season, including influenza vaccine recommendations, influenza surveillance data, and strategies to increase influenza vaccination rates.  
Registration is NOW OPEN at  and will remain open until  September 3, 2019.
Please share this information with other immunizing providers who may benefit from this event.

For questions about this event, contact Michelle Doebler, Influenza Epidemiologist at   or call the Division of Immunization main line at 517-335-8159 .


AOA Welcomes Dr. Donald Burns as 2019-20 President

The 2019 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Annual Business Meeting included welcoming Ronald Burns, DO, as the 2019-2020 AOA President. The DO online newsletter offers a Q&A with incoming AOA President Dr. Ronald Burns.

Dr. Burns explains why he chose family medicine as a specialty and what he sees as the next challenges for the AOA.

The interview includes his Top 3 priorities for his term. View the YouTube video or click on the link below for the full article.

The DO article
Why I became a DO: Ronald R. Burns, DO, AOA President 2019-2020
Why I became a DO: Ronald R. Burns, DO, AOA 
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MHA Safety & Quality Symposium | Thursday, Sept. 26

The annual MHA Safety & Quality Symposium brings national experts to MHA members and draws hundreds of attendees each year. This year's symposium will focus on caring for caregivers and current healthcare priorities in Michigan, and its agenda has been condensed to one day to make it easier for clinical teams to attend.  
Keynote speaker  Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis professor of leadership and management at the Harvard Business School, will outline the importance of psychological safety in creating a safe environment. Additional speakers include  Eric Alberts, CEM, corporate manager, emergency preparedness, at Orlando Regional Medical Center, and  Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, distinguished professor of law, professor of public health sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Registration is available online  via the MHA Member Portal. For more information on the symposium, visit the   event webpage  or contact   Erin Steward  at the MHA. Questions about registration should be directed to   Janice Jones  at the MHA.

Who Should Attend
This program is designed for healthcare professionals involved in safety and quality, including the leadership team comprising chief executive, medical and nursing officers; the care teams comprising physicians, nurses and allied health professionals; patient safety and quality officers; patient and family advocates; and others involved in initiatives to improve safety and patient and family engagement. Professionals from hospitals, physician practices, community pharmacies, long-term-care and behavioral health facilities are encouraged to attend.

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 Upcoming Events

MHA Safety and Quality Symposium
September 26, 2019
Troy, MI - Detroit Marriott Troy
Link: MHA Safety Quality Symposium 
Ingham County Osteopathic Association General Membership Meeting 
6:00 pm, October 15, 2019 
East Lansing, MSU Campus, Kellogg Center - Corniche Room
MOA 15th  Annual Autumn Scientific Convention
November 8-10, 2019
Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids, Michigan 
24 AOA 1-A credits
Fulford's Basic Percussion Hammer Course
November 22-24, 2019
Sheraton Novi Detroit 
Novi, Michigan
22 AOA 1-A credits 
AOBNMM specialty credits anticipated
MOA Life Professional Dr. Martin Landis passes at the age of 90
Martin Stanton Landis, DO, passed away July 26, 2019 at the age of 90. Dr. Landis grew up in Gary, Indiana graduating from Emerson High School and attended Northwestern University, Iowa Wesleyan College and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was an Osteopathic Physician in general practice for 10 years and radiology for 42 years. Dr. Landis joined the Michigan Osteopathic Association in 1954 and was honored as a Life Professional in May of 2000.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to the 
Alzheimer's Association or to the Covenant Living of the Great Lakes Benevolent Fund.

July 26, 2019, saw the passing of Martin Landis, DO
Click here for a local obituary  
April 28, 2019, saw the passing of Donald, "Dr. Don," Arlinsky, DO
Click here for a local obituary 
March 29, 2019, saw the passing of David N. Madgy, DO
March 27, 2019, saw the passing of Robert M. Katz, DO
March 2, 2019, saw the passing of Michael J. Holt Jr., DO
Click here for a local obituary 
March 1, 2019, saw the passing of John A. Lown, DO
Click here for a local obituary

January 18, 2019 saw the passing of David Rothenberg, DO
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