Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease awards Rep. Mike Bishop

In recognition of U.S. Senator Gary Peter's and U.S. Representative Mike Bishop's past service on behalf of seniors in Michigan, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), in conjunction with several state and local organizations, has selected Senator Peters and Representative Bishop as recipients of the 2018 Champion for Healthy Seniors Award.

For more than 10 years, the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit has successfully provided seniors with affordable access to prescription medicines. Many seniors have chronic conditions - like diabetes and arthritis - and depend on Part D coverage. The PFCD recognizes those members of Congress who have exhibited outstanding leadership to protect Part D and the benefits it provides to millions of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their families.

The PFCD has selected Senators Peters and Bishop as a recipients of the 2018 Champion for Healthy Seniors Award for outstanding leadership in some or all of the following areas:
  • Providing leadership in Congress to protect Medicare Part D on behalf of millions of American seniors and their families
  • Ensuring access to affordable prescription drug coverage for seniors through the Medicare Part D program and opposing any efforts that would lead to increases in costs for seniors
  • Demonstrating a continued commitment to protect the doctor/patient relationship for seniors and opposing any efforts that might weaken it in any way
  • Opposing across the board cuts and spending experiments made by unelected boards.
  • Fixing changes in Medicare Part D's catastrophic coverage
  • Representing senior constituents with individual issues before government agencies so that they receive the benefits and services they have earned
  • Supporting government services and necessary funding for senior programs in their locality
The Michigan Osteopathic Association is a proud member of the PFCD and works to promote their efforts to make Michigan a healthier place to live.   

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease website

Diagnostic Accuracy: Room for Improvement
Many of the drivers of medical malpractice claims have been reduced in recent years; however, diagnosis-related claims have not. Coverys has a new asset that can help-the most recent report in their Dose of Insight series, Diagnostic Accuracy: Room for Improvement
Based on an analysis of over 10,000 diagnosis-related claims across a five-year period, the report provides important insight into vulnerabilities in the diagnostic process and how healthcare providers can improve diagnostic accuracy.
Key findings include:
  • 36% of claims alleged diagnostic error (surgical/procedural came in second at 24%)
  • 54% were high-severity cases with 36% resulting in death
  • 53% included risk management issues involving poor clinical decision-making
  • 36% occurred in outpatient settings
  • 24% occurred in an emergency department or urgent care setting
Read the full report to learn about the root cause of diagnostic-related claims, including case studies and recommendations to reduce risk and improve patient safety.
As MOA's newly endorsed medical professional liability insurer, Coverys can assist with your insurance, risk management, and continuing education needs. If you're not already a Coverys insured, find out how you can benefit by switching to Coverys-visit or call Coverys Insurance Services at 800.313.5888 and let them know you are an MOA member requesting a quote!
MSU Restructures health care practice to better serve patients and increase opportunities

Working to become a national model for quality and safety in health care is a top priority for Michigan State University. On August 31, the Board of Trustees took another step toward achieving this by approving the creation of a new multi-specialty group practice for MSU's colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing.

The new entity, Michigan State University Health Care, will replace the MSU HealthTeam. As a separate 501(c)(3) organization, MSU Health Care can form joint ventures with a broader set of other health care entities, which will increase clinical practice and research opportunities. Additionally, MSU Health Care can now work with medical practice partners to provide more health care services.

Full story from MSUToday
MOA Offerings Fulfill LARA Requirements for Healthcare Providers

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
MOA Webpage:
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

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

Quality Payment Program Webinar:
Using QPP Data Analytics to Impact Strategic Decision Making and Maximize MIPS Scores

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: Noon-1 p.m. (Eastern)
Duration: 45-minute presentation and 15-minute Q&A session
Fee: No-cost

With the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) completed, clinicians and their teams need to move beyond the basics of the MIPS program and develop solid, score-increasing strategic plans to deliver high-quality/low-cost care, remain competitive, and ultimately protect those valuable Medicare reimbursement rates. Data analytics can help organizations maximize MIPS Final Scores, but few have the time, resources, and ability to leverage the data and Best Practice information coming out of the program's inaugural year.

QPP is uniquely positioned to provide thousands of Michigan clinicians with QPP support, and connect them to valuable program data through a proprietary scoring tool, MIPScastĀ®. Altarum will provide a presentation packed with expert program guidance, teaching clinicians and their teams how to leverage their data and that of others to make smart, evidence-driven strategic decisions using Year 1 program data and feedback to their advantage, and learning Best Practices across the MIPS performance categories to ensure their organizations are earning the best MIPS Final Scores possible.

Strategic Partner Spotlight:

The MOA is proud to have the support of Beaumont Health as a Strategic Partner. In addition to being involved in MOA conventions and events, we like to share Beaumont news and social media posts in our communications.

We encourage those who frequent social media platforms to "Like," "Follow" and share Beaumont Health news and events. Beaumont Health on YouTube produces a podcast- "HOUSECALL," that offers great insight on timely issues.     

Below are links to the various social media platforms where the Beaumont team shares their news and stories. Be sure to check in and see what's happening at Beaumont Health's 8 locations in the Greater Detroit area.  

Beaumont Health website

Beaumont Professional Educational website 
the ACES Test episode | Beaumont HouseCall Podcast
Beaumont HouseCall Podcast:
The ACES Test episode






In Memoriam: Claire Wineland, patient advocate, YouTube personality and OMED 2017 speaker

Just a week after receiving a lung transplant, Claire Wineland, a passionate patient advocate who had cystic fibrosis, has passed away. Wineland suffered a stroke following her lung transplant, which caused her death, according to   CNN.

Although Wineland was just 21 when she passed on September 2, she reached and supported thousands by sharing her experience with others, often through her very popular YouTube videos. She additionally set up a   foundation  at age 13 for cystic fibrosis patients and their families and gave talks on patient advocacy, including one in which she addressed DOs at OMED 2017.

In an emotional Facebook   post, Laura McHolm, the chair of Claire's foundation, reported yesterday that Claire passed peacefully without pain, and with both of her parents by her side.

"They saw her into this world for her first breath and were with her for her last," she wrote. "We know Claire was loved all over the world. Your prayers, support and encouraging words, have been a huge source of strength for her and her family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your massive amazing out pouring [sic] of love."

Last year, Wineland talked with The DO about her work and   what good doctors do differently.

"I've always thrived when I had doctors who expected a lot from me, and expected me to take charge of my own treatment," Wineland said. She also noted that understanding a patient's illness in the context of their whole life was critical for optimal care.

"You have to look at a patient's whole life," she said. "What's important to them? What gives them purpose? It's so important to treat patients as full human beings who have something to offer."

The DO article
CNN Obituary
YouTube videos
Claire's Facebook post
The DO article: What Good Doctors do differently

 Upcoming Events

MOA Membership Committee Meeting
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: MOA offices and via Zoom
Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
Outdoor Concert and Celebration
Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: 3181 Sandhill Rd, Mason, MI 48854

Council of Interns and Residents Meeting
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Via Zoom

Southwest Michigan Osteopathic Association Fall Meeting
Date: September 26, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: La Cantina Ristorante, 139 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI

Ingham Osteopathic Association (IOA) Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: The University Club

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

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
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Michigan Osteopathic Association
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