Reminder: Early Bird Registration discount for Autumn Scientific Convention ends Oct. 15!
MOA awarded with MSAE honors in Diamond Awards 
The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) presented the 17th Annual Diamond Awards to recognize outstanding achievements among associations in the state. Once again, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) was honored with multiple awards.

"While we may not be the largest association, our team works hard all year long. To receive these awards is not just an honor, it reaffirms our efforts on issues beyond our members and includes community health advocacy that can change lives."
- Kris Nicholoff, Executive Director of the Michigan Osteopathic Association

MSAE 2018 Diamond Awards received by the MOA
Gold in Governmental Affairs - Combating the Opioid Crisis
Silver in Website -
Silver in Meetings and Expositions - 13th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention
Honorable Mention in Professional Development - MOA Business of Medicine

National Survey Provides "State of the Union" of the Medical Profession

The newly released Survey of America's Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives addresses a wide range of questions about who physicians are and how they practice.

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) is spotlighting a national survey on the demographics of physicians and how they practice.

The survey is based on nearly 9,000 physician responses and reveals data touching on some of the most pressing trends and challenges in healthcare today, including:   

Physician burnout. Burnout is a concern, with 78 percent of physicians sometimes, often or always having feelings of burnout. Due to these feelings, 46 percent of physicians plan to make a major change in their practices. The burnout rate is higher for female physicians than for males.

The physician shortage. Eighty percent of physicians indicate that they are at full capacity or are overextended and do not have time to see more patients. Physicians are working fewer hours and seeing fewer patients on average, contributing to the physician shortage.

Poverty/the social determinants of health. Eighty-eight percent of physicians surveyed indicate that some, many or all of their patients have a social condition that poses a serious impediment to their health.

Opioid use. The majority (69 percent) are prescribing fewer pain medications in light of the opioid crisis.
Employed vs. independent physicians. While employed physicians work 3.4 percent more hours than practice owners (a counterintuitive finding), they see 11.8 percent fewer patients.

Value-based payments. Only 47 percent of physicians indicate that any of their compensation is tied to value-based payments. Valued-based payments comprise about 14 percent of the total income of these doctors.


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 to promote the Oct. 27 event, as well as promote safe drug disposal year round.

The Twitter Chat will take place on October 24, just a few days before the DEA event. 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.
The Be Rx SAFE Twitter Chat Participants include:
AARP of Michigan 
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: 
Physician practices should be  
incubators for future physicians

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 training models, the Street Medicine Detroit program and the projected physician shortage facing our communities.


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

Dr. Peter Hahn chosen as new President & CEO of Metro Health

Metro Health - University of Michigan Health has become the region's first physician-led healthcare system following the selection of Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Hahn as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Hahn begins in the new role Oct. 1, following a national search for candidates to succeed Michael Faas, who last year announced his plan to retire after 25 years at Metro.

"Dr. Hahn is the ideal selection to carry forward the transformational, visionary leadership of Mike Faas," said Carlos Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Metro Health Hospital Board. "The unanimous decision by our board members confirms Peter is the right choice at the right time to build on Metro Health's legacy of patient-focused clinical excellence for West Michigan."
Faas applauded the board's decision, saying Dr. Hahn will provide continuity of leadership, using the strategic plan to keep Metro Health - University of Michigan Health at the forefront of medicine.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association congratulates the new President and CEO of Metro Health, Dr. Peter Hahn!


DO's wellness project brings health education to Flint, Michigan

Working to become a national model for quality and safety in health care is a top priority for Michigan State University.
As the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has eased, finding ways to improve the health of the city's residents has become a greater concern. This is what brought family physician Paul Ehrmann, DO, and a group of volunteers to the struggling city last month to introduce the HealthyTown Everywhere initiative to Flint's residents.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Michigan Osteopathic Association goes PINK for October 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is helping to spread the word through our social media platforms. Look for the PINK MOA logo on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We will be sharing data and prevention tips throughout the month. 


Doctors say opioid bill 'great first step,' more forward-planning needed

Dr. William Morrone's insight featured in news

"All across America you have people trying to access treatment for opioid use and substance use disorder. But there has been this institutional stigma to providing medication-assisted therapy, even though it has been proven to show up to an 80% success rate in treating people from their heroin addiction" - William Morrone, DO, MPH

Full article at
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

 Upcoming Events

Ingham Osteopathic Association (IOA) Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 6pm
Speaker: Andrea Amalfitano, DO, PhD, DABMGG
Topic: Update on Genetic Testing: Benefits and Limitations for Routine Medical Usage
Location: The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

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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