14th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention
Grand Rapids, November 16-18

Reminder: CAQH information updates

In recent months Michigan's health plans have communicated the Medicare mandate for physicians to regularly attest (every 90 days) to their information in CAQH. The MOA is reminding you to do the following:

1. Review your information in CAQH and make corrections to assure that your information is accurate.  
2. Review ALL locations attributed to you in CAQH.
3. Attest in CAQH.
4. Have a plan to attest in CAQH every 90 days.

If you are no longer at a particular location, please archive the practice location in CAQH. An expired CAQH attestation will lead to your practice information being suppressed in the health plan directory.

Review your CAQH information and attest ASAP. Health plans are taking this mandate very seriously and may consider network termination for providers who fail to follow CAQH guidelines for attestation.

It is our hope to provide you with this information so you may avoid such drastic action by the insurance plan.

Doctor burnout:  
Two brand-new JAMA studies raise more concerns

To fix the doctor burnout crisis, the profession needs to better understand it first, physicians examining these studies argue.

In two studies and an editorial in its Sept. 18 issue, JAMA takes a deep dive into physician burnout, exploring its prevalence among physicians of different specialties and the different-and often nebulous-ways burnout was measured in the past.

Burnout and specialty choice
The   first study  found that resident physicians in urology, emergency medicine and general surgery were more likely to report symptoms of burnout than internal medicine residents.
The study, a survey of over 3,500 residents, also found that being female and having anxiety in medical school were associated with a greater risk of burnout. Roughly 14% of survey respondents said they regretted their career choice. These physicians were also more likely to report burnout symptoms.

The autumn issue of the TRIAD includes news from our Advocates at the AMOA, Autumn convention session highlights, the President's update from OMED, a round-up of awarding winning health systems and more.
Michigan's Best in Medicine 
Michigan's Best in Medicine highlights award-winning healthcare organizations in our state. The list includes new facilities, new communication strategies and recognition of outstanding care in our communities. ( Link )
ASC Risk Management Best Practices Checklist  
If you manage an ambulatory surgery center (ASC), you know the benefits and the risks that come with performing outpatient surgical procedures. The experts at Coverys have developed an ASC Best Practices Checklist based on their extensive data analysis. (Link)
Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association Update  
The Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA) President Angela Kelcec provides an update on the issues and events that will be the focus of the group. (Link)  
Autumn Convention in Grand Rapids - Session Highlights   
The 14th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention will once again be hosted at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. Sessions that fulfill LARA requirements include: Identifying Human Trafficking and Pain Management. A physician Wellness Center will offer OMT, yoga classes and relaxation areas. ( Link)  
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and MOA business partner, Michigan Rx Card, is helping in the fight against breast cancer. We will have Rx cards for all members at the Autumn Convention in November.

Pay off debt and Increase your credit score at the same time

Student loan debt and credit score management are concerns for many young and soon-to-be physicians. There are many steps you can take to begin to pay off your debt and increase your credit score -   at the same time.

1st - Know Your Credit Score
The most commonly used credit score among lenders is known as the FICO® score. To determine one's credit score, FICO looks to the three reporting credit bureaus - Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. There are five main factors go into determining FICO scores.

2nd - Reduce your Debt
Once you have an idea of what your credit score is, you can then begin to implement strategies to improve your credit history while reducing your debt. Here are five strategies to consider:
  • Make payments on time.
  • Address delinquent accounts.
  • Focus on high-interest debts first.
  • Pay off accounts with low credit limits.
  • Keep credit utilization under 30%
As you begin to look toward a future after graduation, it makes sense to review your current credit standing. By putting strategies in place to pay down debt and improve your credit score, you will be better able to take advantage of future opportunities.

Information on MSUFCU resources for MOA members
BeRxSAFE alliance Promotes Drug Take Back Day with Twitter Chat

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) promotes a "DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day" twice a year. The effort focuses on the importance of safe disposal of unwanted and expired medications. This autumn, the efforts will include a Twitter Chat with a collaboration of Michigan organizations that advocate on behalf of community health issues.

As part of the " BeRxSAFE" coalition, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will join in a Twitter Chat on October 24, just a few days before the DEA event on Oct. 27. Twitter chats are a great way to highlight a particular issue, generate valuable discussions and feedback, and demonstrate leadership. The MOA has participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Twitter Chats in the past and the events have shown to generate lively conversations and helped to show a united front on an issue that is one of the most urgent community health issues of our time.

Date: Oct. 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
MOA Twitter account: @MichiganDOs

The Be Rx SAFE Twitter Chat Participants include:
AARP of Michigan
Michigan Association of Family Physicians  
Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals  
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services  
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 
Michigan Health and Hospital Association
Michigan Osteopathic Association 
Michigan Primary Care Association 
Michigan State Medical Society 
Michigan State Police 
Michigan State University 
Washtenaw County Medical Society
Wayne State University

Featured Blog: 
Let's Not Rush In Urgent Care Centers At The Expense Of Primary Care

Ewa Matuszewski is the CEO and a co-founder of MedNetOne Health Solutions and a champion of innovative primary care and chronic care initiatives. Ewa is also the Senior Consultant for Healthcare Partners of Michigan. In her monthly blog Ewa comments on the rise of Urgent Care facilities and how the "proliferation of urgent care clinics may lead to the demise of the Patient Centered Medical Home..." View the full blog with the link below. 

Ewa Matuszewski Blog
Autumn Scientific Convention 
MOA Offerings Fulfill LARA Requirements for Healthcare Providers

Autumn Convention LARA sessions: 
Friday, Nov. 16, 11 am - 12 pm Human Trafficking Training  
Andrea Rocafort, MSN, RN, CPEN, TCRN, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Supervisor 
Meahgan Pear, Chair, Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force
Sunday, Nov. 18, 7:30 - 10:30 am Pain & Symptom Management 
David Best, DO, MS, ABAM; Pam Lynch, Social Worker;
William Morrone, DO, MS, FACOFP; Panel Discussion
LARA links for requirements: 
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
(Note: Pain management rules regarding CME on page 8)

Pain & Symptom Management 
Minimum 3 hours per 3-year period (effective December 2017) 
LARA R 338.143 
Applies to all osteopathic physicians, including residents, whether or not they are in active practice (ex. retired, administrative, academic teaching, etc.)

Training on Identifying Human Trafficking Victims  
Training on Identifying Human Trafficking Victims 
(one-time requirement)  LARA R 338.120
Michigan Osteopathic License Requirements
For your Michigan license requirements, visit the  Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery (PDF) or contact them directly at 517-335-0918

Member Survey: Paper vs. Electronic Health Records

As the issues, policies and regulations regarding Electronic Health Records (EHR) continue to impact physicians in their practice. Please take a 60 second survey to help us gain knowledge of the numbers of physicians using paper records vs. EHR. Concerns? Obstacles? Let us know if EHR is presenting problems in your practice.

Michigan Osteopathic Association - EHR vs. Paper records
 Upcoming Events

MSU Student Advocate Association & AMOA present:
When Medical School Plans Change
Kim Peck, MSUCOM advisor, will be discussing strategies to cope with the ever changing environment of medical school.
Date: October 24, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Michigan State University Fee Hall, MSUCOM RM A316
RSVP via text: 520-990-0182 or email: msucom.saa@gmail.com

Advocates for Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA)
AMOA Membership meeting
Date: November 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: MOA Okemos Office

14th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention
Date: November 16-18, 2018
Location: Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI
More information and registration available at: www.domoa.org/gr2018

MSU Student Advocate Association & AMOA present:
Conflicts & Relationships in Medical School and Residency

Dr. John Taylor, MSUCOM faculty, will be discussing healthy medical school relationships and how to successfully navigate stressors.
Date: November 28, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Michigan State University Fee Hall, MSUCOM RM A316
RSVP via text: 520-990-0182 or email: msucom.saa@gmail.com

120th Annual Spring Scientific Convention: May 16-19, 2019 | Southfield, MI
Location: Westin Southfield Detroit
More information will be available January 2019

June 29, 2018 saw the passing of H. John Barkay, DO 
June 9, 2018 saw the passing of Richard W. Adams, DO
May 31, 2018 saw the passing of Steven Pitt, DO
April 22, 2018 saw the passing of Henry Gonte, DO
Click here for a local obituary  
April 9, 2018, saw the passing of Paul Thomas, DO
March 15, 2018, saw the passing of Alice Kathleen Shanaver, DO
Join us on social media:
The MOA Pulse connects our DO family with our partners, followers and the healthcare communities of Michigan. If you have any news or events you would like to us share, or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association
Michigan Osteopathic Association | 800.657.1556 | www.domoa.org