MACRA Training Programs from the MOA

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has developed training materials for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA. We are looking for input on the best way to deliver MACRA training to our members. Please help us by participating in a 3-question survey to help us better serve the providers MACRA will affect.

Communicating with parents on vaccination issues

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is part of a coalition of healthcare organizations dedicated to raising awareness and providing education on vaccination issues in our communities. As part of the coalition, we invite our members and interested healthcare professionals to take part in an educational webcast program titled - Vaccine Confidence: The Key to Communicating with Parents and Patients.
This program will explore the wide range of individual attitudes and beliefs about immunizations and offer guidance in responding to specific questions and concerns about vaccines.
Presenters are Gary Marshall, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and Carole Moloney, RN, MSN, CPNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. They will identify and provide solutions for the key issues that arise in vaccine conversations with parents of pediatric and adolescent patients.
The webcast will be offered within a 60-minute time-frame, which includes a formal presentation plus a live question-and-answer session with the faculty. Sessions will be offered on the following dates and times:
Tuesday, March 7 at 2:00 pm EDT
Thursday, March 9 at 12 pm EDT
Tuesday, March 14 at 3 pm EDT
Thursday, March 16 at 1 pm EDT
Link: Registration and more information
Revamped MAPS Launch Timeline

The State of Michigan will be replacing the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) with Appriss, PMP AWARxE software. 

Important Information:
- Accounts from the current MAPS will not be transferred to the new system.
- Beginning March 9, 2017, pre-registration to PMP AWARxE will open to setup your new MAPS account.
- All requests and reporting will be made to the current system through April 3, 2017.

Key Dates:
- March 9, 2017: PMP AWARxE registration available for new MAPS platform.
- April 3, 2017: Last day to submit requests and/or file submissions to the existing MAPS.
- April 4, 2017: All requests and reporting must go through the new system. Current MAPS accounts will no longer be accessible.  
For questions, please contact the MAPS support team:
(517) 373-1737 or by email at


MHA Hosts Patient Safety & Quality Symposium

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) is once again hosting the Patient Safety & Quality Symposium. The event draws more than 300 healthcare providers as well as medical and business executives to share innovative ideas on how to make healthcare better and safer. The symposium covers a wide array of topics, including high reliability in healthcare, person and family engagement, developing a culture of safety, the role of transparency in patient safety, and more.

Date: March 7 and 8th, 2017
Location: The Henry, Autograph Collection in Dearborn, MI
Link: Registration and more information

Medicare Advantage Health Plan Requirements:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan with FAQ on what Providers need to know for compliance

Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandated that Medicare Advantage health plans provide complete and accurate information regarding physicians to members. If a plan fails to provide accurate provider directories, it's subject to compliance or enforcement actions, including civil monetary penalties and Medicare star ratings or enrollment sanctions. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) has put together a great list of Frequently Asked Questions for providers on how they can confirm their directory information in one place, where it can be shared with participating health plans and will meet BCBSM quarterly directory attestation requirement.

Compliance is vital. If non-compliance continues, providers could be terminated from Blue Cross and BCN networks.

Link: BCBSM FAQ on Medicare Advantage health plans
Registration is OPEN! Join us for the 118th Annual Spring Scientific Convention as the MOA offers 30 AOA 1-A credits with compelling sessions and discussion on current issues affecting your practice and profession. This year we have moved the venue to the renovated Westin Southfield Detroit.
2017 Spring Scientific Convention
MOA Spring Scientific Research Exhibit Competition
Westin Southfield Detroit

Last Call for Delegates: 2017 MOA House of Delegates

- - - TODAY, March 3, is the deadline! - - -  
Please submit your request to be a delegate for your component society by March 3, 2017 to allow time for processing by your component prior to the meeting.

The MOA will send each delegate/ alternate a credentialing card and other necessary information based on the list provided by your component for the the 2017 MOA House of Delegates.
Visit the House of Delegates web page by clicking HERE   
 Submit Resolutions for the MOA House of Delegates  

Deadline March 7, 2017
The 2017 Michigan Osteopathic Association House of Delegates will meet on Thursday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Westin Southfield Detroit. If you have resolutions you wish to submit to the 2017 House of Delegates, you can now do so via the MOA website or your component society.  

Visit the House of Delegates web page by clicking HERE
(Note: You must be logged in to access  the House of Delegates web page).
Scientific Research Exhibit Competition: Now Accepting Entries 
Deadline March 17, 2017
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Spring Scientific Convention will once again host a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE). These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession.

Visit the Scientific Research Exhibit web page by clicking HERE

Call for Nominations: 2017 Exceptional Service Award in Adult Immunization

Do you know of an individual, clinical practice, or organization that goes above and beyond to promote immunization for their adult population? The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) would like to recognize their commitment. The award criteria includes:
  • The nominee works to make immunization a standard of routine adult care
  • The nominee applies the principles of the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
  • The nominee works to increase vaccine access in adult populations
Submit your nomination at The deadline for nominations is the close of business on Monday, May 1, 2017.

A panel of individuals representing the Division of Immunization will review nominations. Nominators will be informed if their nominee has been selected and awardees will be honored at the Adult Immunization Summit on June 14, 2017.
Michigan is honored to have so many healthcare professionals committed to making our communities healthier. We ask that you please share this message with your colleagues.
For more information and to submit nominations, click here!
Attention Elder MOA Members: Share your knowledge 
Are you a Retired, Life Professional or elder member of the MOA? Would you be interested in participating in a task force dedicated specifically to address the needs of the MOA's mature members? The MOA is looking for members who can share their knowledge on the issues facing DO's in the latter stages of their career.

Please use the information below to submit your name as someone who is interested in seeing:
  1. Topics of discussion related to retirement such as: closing your practice, investing, moving to a new location, etc.
  2. Meeting at the MOA Spring Convention to discuss your specific needs.
We value your membership and would be happy to hear from you!
Contact Janna Ruedisale
517.347.1555 Ext. 108
Up for Review:
Five Keys to Managing Online Criticism

No matter how professional and caring a doctor you may be, eventually you will face criticism on the web. Here are five keys to managing that criticism:
1. Listen to the criticism. Patients may leave online reviews because they feel this is the only way they can have a voice. By listening to online criticism, you can identify and fix easily correctable situations and improve patients' satisfaction scores.
2. Take critical conversations offline. Whenever you see criticism on the web, there's a strong temptation to respond to it immediately. You want to set the record straight and clear the air. Instead, take the conversation offline. An online argument is unlikely to result in anything productive. Post a standard reply thanking the patient for the comment and asking him or her to call the clinic. Be careful not to reveal any private patient information.
3. Read the fine print. If you believe any online comments are suspicious, contact the rating site to see if the comments violate the terms of service agreement.
4. Ask more patients to rate you online. Most patients generally like their doctors, and dozens of studies show that a majority of online ratings are positive. By asking more patients to rate you online, you can make negative ratings look more like outliers. Ask your patients to post a review if there's something they like about you or what your practice is doing, or if they have any suggestions for your practice. Don't cherry-pick patients or pressure them to say something positive about your practice, but ask for a rating from every single patient in a low-key and low-pressure way.
5. Resist the urge to sue. Only rarely have doctors successfully sued rating sites, which may argue that removing negative ratings is an infringement of a patient's right to free speech. By suing patients over criticism, you will only bring more attention to it and highlight the negative reviews.
We now live in a world where doctors are rated like professionals in many other industries, a trend that will continue to grow. Many doctors dislike being rated at all, but to succeed in the online world you shouldn't ignore reviews. Instead, approach online ratings proactively. You'll find yourself better able to influence the online conversation about you, fix any shortcomings in your practice, and engage critical patients in a positive, constructive way.
For more tips on social media and online issues, visit The Doctors Company social media resource center at .
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Sparrow Ionia Hospital Welcomes Kristi Demock, DO

Sparrow Ionia Hospital is pleased to announce that Kristi Demock, D.O., has joined the Sparrow Medical Group Saranac team. Dr. Demock, a member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, is a board-certified and experienced family physician with background in chronic disease management and preventative health.

Dr. Demock is a graduate from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) and has practiced for the past seven years in Rockford, near Grand Rapids. Dr. Demock's primary office will be located at Sparrow Medical Group Saranac, 107 N. Bridge Street, Saranac.
HealthyTown Everywhere Teaches Michigan Kids To Make Healthy Choices

HealthyTown-Everywhere™ (HTE) is a physician-led health program promoting better nutrition, fitness and healthy behaviors. With a guided grocery store tour, HTE educates children on how to make healthy choices at an early age. The program is fun and designed to be interactive with the kids.

HealthyTown-Everywhere™ was founded by Paul R. Ehrmann, D.O., a preventative health and wellness advocate and medical director of the Family Health Care Center of Royal Oak for more than 35 years.

"Being at a family practice, I've always worked with families to help them make positive choices," said Ehrmann. "As physicians, it's our responsibility to support the communities we serve."

Dr. Ehrmann hopes to see this project spread throughout Michigan, particularly in underserved areas which often require the most support in battling obesity.  The program as a whole is expanding to meet the needs of the communities statewide. Grocery store tours are available to adults as well, and there are future projects being planned to incorporate the national "Walk with a Doc" program into the guided tour. 

Link: HealthyTown Everywhere Facebook page
News & Resource Links

Graying of America: How the elder boom could impact health care:   
The elderly population is projected to nearly double in a few decades. Geriatricians discuss how health care could change in an older U.S.
Link: The DO from the AOA 

Improving Clinical Data Integrity through EHR Documentation 
Quality EHR documentation can support improvements to patient outcomes when done right.

How toxic stress impacts children: New CME module:
The AOA and Erikson Institute collaborate on a third educational module focused on early childhood development.
Unpaid bills & charity care dropped by nearly half at Michigan hospitals soon after Medicaid expanded 
For decades, hospitals across Michigan have written off the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of healthcare every year, after caring for people who didn't have health insurance. But a new University of Michigan study shows that soon after the state government expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in spring 2014, many hospitals saw a major drop in this uncompensated care.

January 4, 2017, saw the passing of John A. Walker, DO
Click here for a local obituary

December 27, 2016 saw the passing of Max McKinney II, DO
Click here for a local obituary

August 5, 2016 saw the passing of Maynard Amelon, DO
Click here for a local obituary

May 26, 2016, saw the passing of Thomas P. Kane, DO
Click here for a local obituary 

April 7, 2016 saw the passing of Daniel Graham, DO
Feb. 15, 2016 saw the passing of Howard Rossman, DO
Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Gerald Reznick, DO
Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Jack Lighton, DO
Feb. 3, 2016 saw the passing of  Norman Decker, DO

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