MAPS FAQ Released, MOA receiving comments and concerns

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding the number of new laws pertaining to licensed prescribers and dispensers that are taking effect this year. The new laws are aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic in Michigan, with some of the regulations dealing specifically with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Safe Opioid Use Task Force has been working with LARA regarding the new regulations and addressing concerns raised by the Task Force, and by MOA members. The MOA will continue to work with membership and LARA in clarifying the new regulations. As some of the requirements overlook practical application and threaten to reduce the number of providers willing to treat pain management, the MOA is collecting comments and concerns from membership.

We ask ALL MOA members affected by the new regulations to pleas visit: www.domoa.org/maps-comment for a list of LARA resources, contact information for MAPS support and a comment form to share concerns from you and your patients.

To contact MAPS directly:
Telephone: 517-373-1737
Fax: 517-241-5072
Email: BPL-MAPS@michigan.gov

MAPS Resources and comment form
Michigan Opioid Laws FAQ (PDF)
The CDC Childhood Immunization Awards were announced April 23, 2018, as part of National Infant Immunization Week. Michigan received several nominations this year, all were deserving candidates. The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is given jointly by the CDC Foundation and CDC, the award honors individuals from around the nation who are doing an exemplary job or going above and beyond to promote childhood immunizations in their communities. The 2018 Michigan awardee is Veronica McNally. 
Veronica McNally,  
President & CEO 
Franny Strong Foundation
Veronica and Sean McNally lost their 3-month-old daughter, Francesca, to whooping cough (pertussis) on May 17, 2012. Driven by grief and an overwhelming need to understand how a seemingly "old-fashioned" disease could take their baby's life, the couple founded the Franny Strong Foundation to educate audiences about the need to vaccinate against whooping cough. "I had a child, and my child would be here but for this tragic and terrible disease," Ms. McNally said after her daughter's passing. "This foundation is really, for the rest of my life, my tribute to her life and to what happened to her."

The Franny Strong Foundation has expanded its mission from promoting whooping cough vaccination to boosting all of Michigan's lagging childhood immunization rates. Ms. McNally was a driving force behind a new statewide campaign to increase Michigan's childhood immunization rates to at least 80 percent within five years. A coalition of physicians, nurses, parents, and public health officials-including the Michigan Osteopathic Association- joined Ms. McNally to launch the
"I Vaccinate" campaign in March 2017.

"I Vaccinate" has since generated interest from local news, parenting blogs, and concerned citizens across the state of Michigan. Ms. McNally was a crucial part of the campaign's early success - her foundation conducted pre-campaign research to identify the best communications strategies and tactics. This research helped the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services plan and carry out the campaign.

For her tireless work to educate others about the importance of pertussis vaccination, Veronica McNally is Michigan's 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.  

List of 2018 CDC Childhood Immunization Champions
I Vaccinate website
Join us for the  119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention   as the MOA will offer educational opportunities with compelling sessions and information on issues affecting your practice and profession.
Thursday, May 17 - Sunday, May 20, 2018  
The Westin Southfield Detroit - 1500 Town Center,
Southfield, MI 48075

Spring Convention Session Highlight:
Dr. William Morrone with "Safe Practice, Changing Lives"

William Morrone, DO, MS, FACOFP, will present on safe opioid prescribing. The session will apply to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) requirement for Pain Management. Dr. Morrone has presented on opioid prescribing at past MOA conventions and is an expert on the issue working with federal officials officials on addiction treatment and opioid prescribing policies.

"This session will protect you in the future regulatory environment, while offering strategies for successful pain and patient management" - Dr. William Morrone

Friday, May 18, 2 - 5 pm 
Room: Algonquin 
Michigan LARA Requirements 4.0 credits 


Membership Dues Reminder

The 2018 dues for membership have been sent via email and through the USPS. Remember, your membership dues are 90% tax deductible and entitle you to discounts on convention CME, insurance and with MOA business partners.

Spring Convention featuring Physician Wellness Center

The 119th Annual Spring Scientific Convention will feature a Physician Wellness Center.
The center will offer demonstrations of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) techniques,
and a healing experience for convention attendees.

The Wellness Center will also include yoga sessions, both private and group:
Friday 11:30 am - 2 pm and Saturday 11:30 am - 1 pm.

All attendees and their guests welcome, free of charge!

Special thanks to our Strategic Partners- McLaren Health Care - for making programs like the Physician Wellness Center available to our attendees.

Road Condition Updates:
For the last 118 years springtime for DO's in Michigan has meant gathering for the Spring Scientific Convention. But since the advent of automobiles and roads spring can also mean construction projects that can cause delays. For the latest on road conditions, visit the MDOT MiDrive website. The site offers up-to-the-minute information construction and incidents that may affect your drive time. 

MiDrive website

Small footprint, big changes for patient care, DOs say

A micropractice is a type of solo practice that aims to run more efficiently by reducing overhead costs in order to increase time with patients. Physicians running micropractices limit the size of their patient population and employ time-saving technologies to increase efficiency; these actions serve the goal of fostering a strong patient-doctor relationship.

The DO
 News and Resources

McLaren invests $1.1 million to establish epilepsy care unit
McLaren Health Care Corp. has equipped itself with an epilepsy sub specialty team as the Grand Blanc-based medical system focuses on an expected increase in diagnoses of the neurological disease. About $1.1 million was invested into McLaren Macomb to build an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit under its Neurosciences Institute that is expected to serve about 1,000 patients per year, said Nikesh Ardeshna M.D., epilepsy services medical director.
Link: Crain's Business article

Take-Home Opioid OD Kit Helps MAT Patients, Their Communities  
But financial and institutional barriers limit distribution of naloxone kits 
In a 3-month span, 12.7% of patients undergoing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder who were given take-home naloxone kits went on to use the opioid blocker on friends and others in the midst of an overdose, researchers said here.

Link: MedPageToday article 

Doctors' Humor Helps Boost Patient-Provider Relationships
Doctors looking to improve the patient-provider relationship can look to one simple strategy: make patients laugh.
Link: Patient Engagement HIT article 

April 9, 2018, saw the passing of Paul Thomas, DO
Click here for a local obituary

March 15, 2018, saw the passing of Alice Kathleen Shanaver, DO
Click here for a local obituary

January 26, 2018, saw the passing of Henry F. Marcus, DO

Click here for a local obituary

January 23, 2018, saw the passing of Edward A. Loniewski, DO, FACOS, FAOAO
Click here for a local obituary

January 9, 2018, saw the passing of David A. Kellam, DO
December 26, 2017, saw the passing of Lawrence "Larry" Abramson, DO 
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Todd Ross
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Michigan Osteopathic Association
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