July 15, 2019     

Healthcare Champion Receives MHA Meritorious Service Award
The MHA's highest achievement award was bestowed upon Paul E. LaCasse, DO, MPH,  former executive vice president of post-acute care and diversified business operations at Southfield-based Beaumont Health. Presented during the MHA Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island,  the MHA Meritorious Service Award recognizes him as an advocate for hospitals and healthcare.
LaCasse began his career as an emergency medicine physician at Botsford General Hospital, now named Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills. He held several leadership positions at the growing health system and served as president and CEO from 2009 until Beaumont Health was formed in 2014.

LaCasse was a key founder of Beaumont Health, created through the merger of Botsford Health Care, Beaumont Health System and Oakwood Healthcare. He held the executive vice president position until his retirement in March and remains on the medical staff at Beaumont, Farmington Hills.
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'We Care. We Check.' MDHHS and LARA encourage providers to use state prescription system through new videos

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) are encouraging providers to use the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) to help protect Michiganders from opioid abuse and ensure patients get the proper care they need.

Two new videos released this week provide an overview of MAPS, how it assesses patient risk and helps prevent drug abuse at the prescriber, pharmacy and patient levels. Titled "We Care. We Check." and "We Check MAPS," the videos are targeted to providers and patients.

"An average of five people in Michigan die from an opioid overdose every day," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy director for health. "MAPS is simple for providers to use and it's the right thing to do to ensure the safety of their patients. As physicians, it is our duty to understand what medications a patient is taking so we can best promote and protect their health."

MAPS, which was completely replaced in April 2017, provides prescribers with a user-friendly portal, making it more efficient for practitioners to obtain information regarding Schedule 2-5 controlled substances that have been dispensed to patients. MAPS has nearly 70,000 registered users and the state saw its registration rate increase 134 percent between 2017 and 2019.

"MAPS has become an invaluable tool and has revolutionized drug monitoring in Michigan," said LARA Director Orlene Hawks. "It provides insights for the clinician regarding their patients and through continued use and education, MAPS helps prescribers and dispensers to make informed decisions while ensuring the proper care and access to appropriate treatment and medication for Michigan patients."

MAPS users include dentists, physicians (M.D. and D.O.), podiatrists, optometrists, veterinarians, physician's assistants with practice agreements, advanced practice registered nurses under delegation and pharmacists.

The MAPS system provides users with state-of-the-art tools, including:
  • NarxCare patient risk information.
  • Fast response time where record lookups are completed in seconds.
  • A dashboard that provides patient alerts, recent request history and the ability to maintain delegate user activity within the prescriber's main account.   
  • Integration into clinical workflow for ease of access and use.
  • For more information about MAPS and to register, visit Michigan.gov/MiMapsInfo.
The state is using every available tool to combat the opioid epidemic. The collaborative efforts of state agencies amplify Michigan's efforts related to prevention and treatment of patients, education of health professionals, and enforcement of overprescribers and over dispensers. Efforts include:
  • A new one-stop shop website (Michigan.gov/opioids) provides helpful information and resources on the epidemic.
  • Providing online resources for patients, health professionals, and communities about prevention and treatment of opioid abuse.
  • Ensuring the life-saving overdose reversal drug, Naloxone, is available to residents statewide through a standing order.
  • Michigan.gov/MiMapsInfo, which provides real-time prescription data and resources to better assess a patient's risk for substance use disorder.
  • Assistance with proper drug disposal of unwanted medications.
  • Michigan State Police posts serving as drug take-back sites and providing the Angel Program for individuals struggling with addiction.
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We Care We Check video
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McLaren Lapeer Region, the 222-bed acute care hospital serving all of Lapeer County, has earned a 2019 Governor's Award of Excellence from MPRO, a nonprofit organization and national leader in healthcare quality improvement and medical review, and the Office of the Governor. Michigan's preeminent healthcare quality improvement organization, MPRO's Governor's Award of Excellence recognizes healthcare facilities for their dedication and success in improving quality and patient safety.
McLaren Lapeer Region was recognized for its "outstanding achievements in improving the quality of healthcare in Michigan," earning recognition in the areas of 'Effective Reporting and Measurement' and 'Increasing Identification of Behavioral Health Conditions.'
To earn the Governor's Award of Excellence, healthcare facilities must achieve, maintain and continually improve in specific quality and patient metrics.

"Providing quality care in a safe environment is our staff's highest priority," said Chris Candela, president and CEO of McLaren Lapeer Region. "This award validates the efforts of our entire staff. It was a team endeavor focused around that priority and the excellence of our bedside caregivers that made these outcomes possible."

To earn the prestigious recognition, McLaren Lapeer Region demonstrated measurable improvement in lowering C. difficile infections, providing proper discharge information, nursing communication and reducing behavioral health readmission rates.


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.

Origami's Driver Rehabilitation Service Awarded grant from General Motors

Origami was awarded a $10,000 grant from General Motors for their Driver Rehabilitation Service. Funds from the grant will help provide education and training to improve driver confidence, safety, and independence, and can assist people with neurological dysfunction and developmental disabilities.

Driving is often an important part of gaining greater independence. Origami's Driver Rehabilitation Service features a state-of-the-art driving simulator, electric motor vehicle on paved campus trails, and a specially equipped vehicle used for on-the-road evaluations and training. Origami's Driver Rehabilitation Service provides support every step of the way.

Origami's expert occupational therapists provide comprehensive clinical assessments and vehicle modification/conformance assessments, driver readiness and rehabilitation evaluations, and senior driving evaluations. In addition, Origami provides driver cessation and alternative transportation counseling.
For additional information on this service or to make a referral, please call 517-336-6060.

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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). The Scientific Research Exhibit competition is accepting submissions.

MOA 15th Annual Scientific Convention webpage and registration
Amway Grand Plaza MOA Group Rate: https://book.passkey.com/e/49909664
Scientific Research Exhibit competition submissions
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American Board of Neurological Surgery apologizes to DOs it harassed

Osteopathic legal advocacy stops flurry of demands to AOA board-certified physicians.

After sending threatening emails to AOA board-certified neurosurgeons regarding their use of the term "board certified," the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) is apologizing to those who received them, according to the AOA's legal counsel.

The AOA intervened when members alerted General Counsel Josh Prober, JD, to the emails, which demanded that the member physicians stop using the term "board certified" because it "can be implied to represent board certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery."

The ABNS email further stated that "the situation will be elevated to our legal counsel for consideration of further action" if its demands were not met. ( Full story from The DO)

Reputation Management
What doctors should know about online reviews

Making the most of good reviews and managing the bad ones are two key ways physicians can maintain and build their online presence.

Choosing a physician can be a difficult decision; many patients look at online reviews when searching for a new doctor. Positive reviews can be a key way to attract new patients. A recent survey found that 70% of patients said online reviews played a crucial role in their process of selecting a clinician.

While patient reviews are likely not an accurate gauge of a physician's competence, they do nonetheless have an impact in the online review-driven world we live in. For better or worse, today's physicians need to pay attention to their online rankings and reputations.

5 steps to maintain a positive reputation
Maintaining a positive reputation is a combination of a few important steps, Wiesmann says. They include:
  1. Make sure patients are able to find you or your clinic or hospital via web and mobile search. This is where search engine optimization (SEO) is important.
  2. Reviews that are associated with your clinic must reflect the quality of care that you deliver.
  3. Ideally, you'll want to have 10 or more reviews that have been written in the past 90 days.
  4. Use the feedback provided by online reviews to improve patient care and service.
  5. Ask early, ask often and make it easy for patients to leave you or your organization an online review.
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 Upcoming Events

2019 AOA House of Delegates
July 25-28, 2019  
Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL
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
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April 28, 2019, saw the passing of Donald, "Dr. Don," Arlinsky, DO
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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
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March 1, 2019, saw the passing of John A. Lown, DO
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January 18, 2019 saw the passing of David Rothenberg, DO
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