MOA's Mini Medical School Teams Up with Greg Kelser Basketball Camp  

The MOA Mini Medical School is an added station where the campers learn about health, vaccinations and how to prepare for a career in medicine. "Thanks to the MOA!" said Kelser. "Your group really helps us set ourselves apart from other camps." With the older students the discussion included opportunities at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), including the OsteoChamps and Future Docs programs.

The MOA would like to thank our volunteers, Matthew Wolf, MSU Lyman Briggs student and Lauren Donley, MSUCOM Class of 2021, for their time in helping to spread the word of good health and to inspire the DOs of tomorrow.         

Kelser Camp Photo Album

Safe Opioid Update

As the new regulations regarding prescribing take effect, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) continues to work with the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) division of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to clarify the new rules and the issues physicians face in day-to-day practice.

During a recent meeting with stakeholder groups and LARA, concerns were raised regarding the process of filing a Public Health Code (PHC) complaint regarding a colleague's actions. MDHHS has responded with a revised complaint form and an FAQ regarding the complaint process.     
The main page for the Bureau of Professional Licensing is
This can be a useful page to assist users seeking information about MAPS, health licenses, occupational licenses, Laws and Rules, and FOIA information.
The link to file a complaint against a health care licensee:,4601,7-154-72600_73836---,00.html

Please note that link takes you the main page to file a complaint, which includes some informational items, links for Nursing complaints and a link for all other healthcare complaints.

The MOA has created a page dedicated to providing links to resources regarding the MAPS system and the regulations for prescribers. This page also includes a link to a  comment form  designed to give MOA members an avenue for submitting questions, concerns and examples of issues regarding the new regulations regarding MAPS.
Collaboration for REMS Education (CO*RE) Newsletter

The Collaborative for Relevant Education (CO*RE) July newsletter features updates on opioid issues from the FDA and CDC, as well as recent data showing a significant decrease in opioid prescriptions in the U.S. dropped 22% from 2013 to 2017.

Pain: New Yorker article explores the potential of brain-based research to accurately measure individual
pain, which may lead to more effective treatments

Naloxone, Buprenorphine, Use Disorder, and Overdoses: Updates on data and studies in addiction and overdoses nationwide

Federal and State Initiatives: Legislative and regulatory actions aimed at combatting opioid crisis

CO*RE Newsletter (PDF)
Data Trends: Opioid Prescribing, Overdose Deaths, and More
CO*RE website

Become a change-maker with  
AOA's Training in Policy Studies program

The TIPS program provides residents with specialized instruction on navigating policy issues that impact patient care and well-being.

The Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program is a policy-based program that provides an understanding of current health care policy issues while also providing leadership opportunities.

Sessions will focus on physician payment models, health care reform, the Higher Education Act re-authorization, the opioid epidemic and current public health issues. Participants will gain experience in writing policy briefs and white papers, oral testimony, media training, and more.

This program serves as an initial leadership and policy program for residents wishing to become more active within the osteopathic profession. TIPS fellows have gone on to participate in the Health Policy Fellowship program, which has produced over 20 deans and college of osteopathic medicine presidents.

AOA TIPS Program

McLaren Bay Region to launch partial hospitalization behavioral health program; first in Great Lakes Bay Region

This month McLaren Bay Region will launch a new program to help people struggling with behavioral health issues in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Called the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), the new service provides a voluntary day treatment program for adults who have acute behavioral health symptoms, but do not need or qualify for inpatient care. The program is a comprehensive, short term service to help individuals achieve their maximum functioning.


Bringing Together the Osteopathic Family

Family-focused, dually boarded ophthalmologist is the AOA's 2018-2019 president

AOA President William S. Mayo, DO, plans to focus on AOA board certification, membership and the osteopathic family over the next year.

The DO article
William S. Mayo, DO, AOA President 2018-2019, talks about the importance of the osteopathic family
William S. Mayo, DO, AOA President 2018-2019, talks about the importance of the osteopathic family
Insurance Survey

To better serve our members:

The Michigan Osteopathic Association, under the newly finalized Association Health Plan Executive Order has the opportunity to expand benefit options and remove some benefit mandates currently in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Highlights of an Association Health Plan for MOA members can include:

* Allowing sole proprietors to participate in the large group association plan coverage
* Pooled pricing with three tier rating (single/two person/family vs. member level/age rating)
* Opportunity for flexibility to design coverage to meet the membership needs of our association
* Removal of some small group benefit mandates currently imposed on small employer groups

The combination of some, or all of the above items is expected to provide premium savings and rate stability.

MOA Staff is working on developing group medical, dental, vision, group life and disability coverages that will be exclusively offered to our association membership.

Please take the time to answer our brief survey so the association can better understand the needs of our members. Thank you in advance for your valuable input!
Back to School Press Conference Spells out the benefits of immunizations

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is a proud member of the Parent Information Network (PIN) that works to promote immunization and to combat legislative efforts to reduce the immunization requirements that protect Michigan school children.

A press conference was held at the Ingham County Health Department to raise awareness of the positive benefits of immunization, for both those who vaccinate and those who can't. The awareness effort coincides with 2018 National Immunization Awareness Month (#NIAM18), and the fact that Michigan children will soon be headed back to school.

The PIN group also spearheaded the efforts to create the "I Vaccinate" media campaign that has been on TV, radio, billboard and online advertisements. The campaign has been successful over the last two years and has been funded through 2019.

WILX-TV coverage
PIN Facebook page
IVaccinate webpage
The I Vaccinate press conference MOA Facebook post 

MSU students learn to be physicians while providing clinical care to Detroit's homeless

Detroit Street Care is featured in a WKAR report that captures the spirit of the organization. The program is an outreach activity where Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) students provide medical assistance to the homeless. Through the program, medical students at the college's Detroit Medical Center site, offer clinical care to the city's homeless population with supervision from physicians Richard Bryce, DO, and Mary Jo Voelpel, DO.

Detroit Street Care participated in the Michigan Osteopathic Association's 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention with a presentation during the House of Delegates. They were also given exhibitor space where they were able to explain their mission and raise donations for the program.    

WKAR article and audio version
Detroit Street Care website
Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center hosts Celebration

The Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center is inviting clients, team members, and the community to celebrate their new therapeutic green space with an Outdoor Concert & Celebration. It will be a fun filled evening with a host of food trucks, kid friendly activities, tours of the campus and live music.

This is a free event. Complimentary, non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for all attendees. The concert will begin at 6:00 pm. Origami encourages attendees to bring blankets or folding chairs to use during the concert as their is a limited number of seating options onsite.

Campus Greenspace Outdoor Concert and Celebration
Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
Outdoor Concert and Celebration
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
3181 Sandhill Rd, Mason, MI

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 Upcoming Events

Oakland County Osteopathic Association BBQ
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Location: 1951 Windside Dr., West Bloomfield

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
Outdoor Concert and Celebration
Date: Tuesday, September 18
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: 3181 Sandhill Rd, Mason, MI 48854

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

Autumn Scientific Convention: November 16-18, 2018 | Grand Rapids, MI
Location: Amway Grand Plaza
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 9, 2018, saw the passing of Paul Thomas, DO
March 15, 2018, saw the passing of Alice Kathleen Shanaver, DO
January 26, 2018, saw the passing of Henry F. Marcus, DO

January 23, 2018, saw the passing of Edward A. Loniewski, DO, FACOS, FAOAO
January 9, 2018, saw the passing of David A. Kellam, DO
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Michigan Osteopathic Association
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