Early Admission Program Helps Pre-med Students Attend College of Osteopathic Medicine

A new agreement will give Grand Valley State University premedical undergraduates early admission assurance into the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The agreement reserves up to five positions for GVSU students per year.

According to Jean Nagelkerk, vice provost for health at GVSU, preference will be given to students who are Pell grant recipients, first-generation college students or graduates of a high school in a medically under-served rural or urban area.

"We are so pleased our two public institutions are working together in partnership to help solve a physician shortage and fill gaps in the talent pipeline," Nagelkerk said.

Under the agreement, the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine will waive supplemental application fees for GVSU students who qualify and provide them with opportunities to network with medical students, faculty and staff members.

"This collaboration will provide a wonderful opportunity, not just for the students, but for all of Michigan," said Andrea Amalfitano, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine interim dean. "Our priority is on recruiting candidates who are not only academically talented, but are also dedicated to becoming committed, caring osteopathic physicians. This initiative will enable us to strengthen that effort and produce more of the state's best doctors."

Qualified students can apply in early February for admission in 2020 to the osteopathic college.

The MOA at the 2018 AOA House of Delegates

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) was represented by 48 Delegates, along with MOA Student Delegate Matthew Meranda, to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates. The Michigan delegation was proud to join the more than 500 members of the AOA House of Delegates to adopt policy, elect officers and celebrate the osteopathic medical profession.

Intention vs. Access to Care: Are new prescribing laws affecting physicians, patients in unintended ways?

As new regulations intended to reduce opioid abuse take effect, are the restrictions causing unintended consequences? Modern Healthcare has published an article on the fear and confusion that surrounds the new laws.

As of June 1, Public Act 248 of 2017 requires physicians who want to issue a prescription for more than three days to first check with the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS). As physicians and patients navigate the new rules-and how the health insurers and pharmacists are interpreting the laws-confusion has resulted in doctors refusing to prescribe pain medications or opting out of pain management altogether.  

Modern Healthcare: Opioid laws hit physicians, patients in unintended ways
LARA Frequently Asked Questions on Michigan Opioid Laws (PDF)
How to Maximize Your EHR Use to Succeed in MIPS
Web Event: How to Maximize Your EHR Use to Succeed in MIPS - Advice for Solo and Small Group Practices  
Tuesday, August 14 and Thursday, August 16
Registration is free

Using your Electronic Health Records (EHR) system to its fullest potential can help streamline your processes, maximize time and resources, and assist in achieving a better MIPS score. Solo practitioners and small group practices have limited time for mastering these systems but understanding how to effectively use them can make your practice more efficient and benefit your patients. This event will help everyone participating understand what your EHR can do for you and how to leverage it to maximize your MIPS score. This event will feature a panel of experts that understand MIPS and work regularly with clinicians and their EHRs. The panel will focus on practical advice for how to efficiently use your EHR to achieve the highest possible MIPS score.

This event is designed for:
* MIPS-eligible clinicians from solo and small practices with 15 or fewer clinicians
* Practice managers and other staff from small group practices
* Persons supporting small group practices that are preparing for MIPS in 2018

Remember to...
* Review information on the Quality Payment Program at https://qpp.cms.gov/
* Locate your technical assistance contractor at https://qpp.cms.gov/about/small-underserved-rural-practices
* View past webinars at the QPP SURS Resources webpage 

MDHHS Town Hall Meetings:
Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan
The 2019 Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan (MIHIP) will replace the current Infant Mortality Reduction Plan, which will be sunsetting later this year. Throughout the development and implementation process of the MIHIP, the MDHHS will work closely with partners and communities to align efforts and share resources.
MDHHS and the Maternal Infant Strategy Group (MISG), in collaboration with regional partners, will be hosting Town Hall meetings to garner community input and support for the 2019-2022 Mother Infant Health Improvement Plan. Goals for each meeting include introducing the plan, collecting feedback from the community to determine priorities and barriers to successful program implementation, and bridging community partners to work together to improve health outcomes.
Southeast Michigan 
Date: Thursday August 16, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Henry Ford Health System, 1 Ford Place, Detroit, MI

Upper Peninsula
Date: Monday September 10, 2018 
Location: Upper Peninsula Health Plan, 853 Washington St. Marquette, MI
Date: Tuesday, September 25th, 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: Albert and Woods Professional Development and Business Center
1 Germania Platz, Saginaw, MI
Free Access to Coverys Education - Powered by Med-IQ ®
Coverys provides all MOA members with free access to award-winning clinical and risk management education. Coverys Education is powered by Med-IQ's suite of accredited activities which includes dozens of educational topics and a range of web-based learning platforms.
Receive CME Credits 
MOA members can earn AOA CME by taking Med-IQ online courses approved by ACCME for AMA PRA Category 1 online CME.  
AOA Category 2-A credits awarded for live interactive CME activities.  
AOA Category 1-B credits awarded for on-demand internet activities.

Med-IQ Library of CME courses

Team #ADAMSTRONG Raising awareness to Fight Melonoma

KDB Melonoma 5K Run/Walk
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Location: Kensington Metropark-Martindale Beach, 2240 Buno Road, Milford MI

For those who want to contribute but are unable to attend the Run/Walk, donations are being accepted in the name of Team #ADAMSTRONG.

Adam Hunt Page
 Upcoming Events

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

Ingham Osteopathic Association (IOA) Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Times: 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: www.domoa.org/gr2018

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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The MOA Pulse connects our DO family with our partners, followers and the healthcare communities of Michigan. If you have any news or events you would like to us share, or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association
Michigan Osteopathic Association | 800.657.1556 | www.domoa.org