The Autumn Scientific Convention Kicks off
The 13th Annual Michigan Osteopathic Association Autumn Scientific Convention has officially begun! The 2017 convention has already set an attendance record as the number of registrants exceeded all past events. Onsite registration is still available.

The program for the Autumn Scientific Convention is available online in a flipbook format. The program can be downloaded as a PDF or viewed on your computer or mobile device. 
Click here to access the online program!
Event Spotlight:
Michigan Osteopathic Association 2017 Resolution Writing Workshop 
Location: MOA Autumn Convention, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Pearl Room
Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm 
Audience: Open to all MOA Members (including Students & Interns/Residents, Component Societies who may already have resolution drafts and ideas, and anyone interested in being more involved with your MOA.   
To Bring: 
-Research, resolution drafts, and ideas
-Computer/Tablet/Technology for collaboration (Microsoft Word is preferred for collaboration/markup)
-Ideas and willingness to collaborate
-An open mind

What should I do to prepare?
-Review attached resources/FAQ and the MOA House of Delegates page
-Think of ideas for resolutions, research the background information, and talk with your colleagues about issues that are affecting them at all levels and what the MOA can do to help.-Draft your resolutions and bring them to the session

Strategic Partners and Convention Sponsors
The MOA would like to thank our Strategic Partners and convention sponsors. Their support is instrumental in the success of the Autumn Scientific Convention. With the combined network of Strategic Partners the MOA was able to reach more DO's and the result is a record number of attendees. Please be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall in the Ambassador West room on Saturday, Nov. 4, 6:30 am - 4:00 pm.

MOA Launches Physician Organization: 
Healthcare Partners of Michigan
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has announced the formation of the first Physician Organization (PO), in Michigan to be started by an osteopathic organization. The MOA has partnered with MedNetOne Health Solutions (MNOHS) to create Healthcare Partners of Michigan (HCPM).
HCPM will deliver services and education to healthcare providers, helping them to address the demands of the changing world of healthcare head-on. With HCPM, providers will be able to transform their practices to manage complex government requirements and, in the process, improve the quality of care and patient outcomes.

"This is an exciting initiative that will deliver support and information to healthcare providers at a time when there is a huge need. We have already seen interest- not just from our members- but also from providers outside of our membership who are looking for a resource who can help them navigate the complexities of healthcare," said Kris Nicholoff, Executive Director of the MOA.
Michigan faces a shortage of physicians, from primary care providers to many specialists. These shortages affect urban as well as rural areas. HCPM will combat that issue by providing a support network that will aid practices in areas that are threatened by a lack of access to quality healthcare.  
HCPM will work to promote Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) to help deliver access and quality care to their patients. This partnership expands on the concept of a Physician Organization.  It will provide educational opportunities in both in-person events and with a series of webinars addressing the issues affecting healthcare providers.  

To MOA DO's: Your prescriber knowledge can help shape the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS)

To MOA Healthcare Providers:
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine has partnered with the Oakland County Health Division and the Oakland County Prescription Drug Abuse Partnership to help identify patterns and barriers of use, as well as prescriber knowledge, in regards to the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).
You are invited to participate in a research study, which includes a short survey. All clinicians with a license to prescribe controlled substances in Michigan are eligible to participate. It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time.
Your response this to this short survey ( ) will help to identify patterns and barriers of use, as well as prescriber knowledge. This survey will serve as the groundwork for future improvement of MAPS and prescription monitoring here in Oakland County.
Thank you for your cooperation! Please feel free to contact Sarah Lerchenfeldt (; 248-370-3037 with any questions or concerns.

ACGME and AOA programs work together toward common goal
Collaboration and communication are helping to ensure that family medicine residency spots in Washington State aren't lost in the single GME transition.
A large loss of residency spots would negatively affect medical trainees, patients and the whole health care system. In Washington State, a group of family medicine programs are working together to make sure that doesn't happen.

As described in a recent article in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a regional network of residency programs that are dually accredited or accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education reached out to five AOA-only programs in the area to support them in their efforts to transition to ACGME accreditation.

Keeping physicians where they're most needed
"Our mission," says lead author Amanda K.H. Weidner, MPH, "was to preserve as many residency education slots for the region as possible. We want to keep primary care physicians in the rural and under-served settings where they are most needed."

The long process included a kick-off collaborative conference, numerous workshops, resource sharing, and various other efforts. The result: All five AOA programs have now applied for or achieved institutional accreditation and are actively applying for ACGME accreditation.

Osteopathic recognition education
In addition, the AOA programs were able to educate the ACGME programs on osteopathic recognition by providing osteopathic principles and practice workshops.

"These workshops have been very successful. Six ACGME programs have received osteopathic recognition, with one application pending and several more applications underway," Weidner says.

Learn more about how these programs collaborated to enhance success in the transition to the single accreditation system by visiting the JAOA.

Objective Review of Potential Risks in a Medical Practice Can Be Beneficial    
Ted Abernathy, MD, Managing Partner, Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners   
Research on the frequency and severity of malpractice claims underscores the importance of a thorough, objective practice review. While the number of claims against physicians has been dropping since 2003, the average cost of a claim-defined as a request by a patient for payment-has grown from $69,000 in 2003 to $100,000 today, according to The Doctors Company, the nation's largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.
As managing partner of Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners headquartered in Midlothian, Virginia, I felt we could benefit from taking a closer look at our practice to identify risk factors and gaps in patient safety protocols. Our practice was expanding and I wanted to ensure we had consistent operational systems in place across locations to foster patient safety.
An assessment service offered by The Doctors Company provided our practice with a comprehensive checkup of key areas and a customized action plan. A patient safety/risk manager spent more than half a day at our practice reviewing medical records and procedures for test tracking, appointment setting, telephone communication, informed consent, and other areas. She reviewed records and diagnoses from each of our providers, and interviewed the entire staff and physicians.
The findings were presented to clinicians and office administrators, and communicated to the entire 51-member staff. Our management team prioritized the recommended actions and implemented several enhancements. Our customized action plan included:
  • Setting up a system that allows staff to capture information digitally and send a summary of phone conversations with pediatric patients' families within seconds via e-mail or text. This ensures the correct information is communicated to the caller without ambiguity, and becomes part of the patient's EHR.
  • Instituting periodic chart reviews to ensure diagnosis codes are supported and medical records accurately describe the patient's symptoms and history.
  • Starting a peer review committee as a means of ensuring continuous performance improvement.
  • Using a digital system to better track patient referrals to specialists and whether patients were following through with appointments.
  • Digitally tracking whether reports from ordered labs and other tests are getting back to the office. Changing from a handwritten system to a computerized one increases accuracy and assists with follow ups, which strengthens patient safety.
  • Monitoring medications more accurately through a medication reconciliation process that documents at every appointment whether patients are continuing their prescribed regimen or have stopped or altered it. The responses are included in the patient's EHR.

These changes have better equipped our practice to minimize risks and have enabled us to prove that the practice is grounded in patient safety. Based on management's discussions with the staff, employees have more confidence that protocols and standards are working as intended, and feel more empowered to highlight opportunities for improvement and work together to achieve goals. By doing so, we can anticipate issues before they become problems, and can focus on what matters most-providing the best care to our patients.
Contributed by The Doctors Company |

TRIAD Online Fall Issue 
The Michigan Osteopathic Association Fall TRIAD Online  theme is "Care is What We DO," featuring an article and photos focused on the MSUCOM Peru Global Outreach Project.  
Also in this issue: 
- Spartan Street Medicine
- MOA Autumn Convention Highlights
- Gov. Appoints DO's to commissions and boards
- National ID Card for Healthcare Professionals
TRIAD Fall Issue

The Michigan Medical Group Management Association will host an event with the major payers of Michigan. The event will present expected changes for the coming year, give feedback on how to get claims paid in a timely manner and answer your questions about claims processing and reimbursement. Join the MiMGMA to learn how to improve the reimbursement rate for your practice.
Nov. 10, 2017 at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant Mi.

September 3, 2017, saw the passing of Roy Vomastek, DO
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April 27, 2017, saw the passing of John "Jack" Finley, Jr., DO
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April 23, 2017, saw the passing of Lloyd Mrstik, DO
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April 7, 2017, saw the passing of James "Jim" Herbert Growney Jr., DO
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March 23, 2017 saw the passing of Donald Boxman, DO
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January 4, 2017, saw the passing of John A. Walker, DO 
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