The MOA wishes you & yours a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Holiday Season Traditions: AMOA Tree of Peace

The holiday season is a time when we pause to celebrate life and family, and honor our friends and loved ones.  In keeping with this spirit, the Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association are once again presenting a very special opportunity to remember that special person while supporting the programs of the Advocates.

The Tree of Peace will be displayed in the lobby of the MOA building for the month of December in Okemos.  With your support, it will glow brilliantly throughout the holiday with all dedications being listed in the Book of Honor displayed next to the Tree of Peace.

There are three ways to give-
  • A Shining Light:  For a $10.00 minimum donation, a Light is dedicated in Memory of Honor of your loved one.
  • A Keepsake Ornament:  For a $40.00 minimum donation, a Keepsake Ornament will be placed on the Tree.
  • A Tree of Peace Sponsorship:  For a $100.00 minimum donation, a Keepsake Ornament will be placed on the Tree plus you will receive that Keepsake Ornament when the tree is taken down in January.
All proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit our ongoing projects in support of the Osteopathic Profession.  One such project, the Distracted Driving Simulator, continues to gain attention, and we are reaching out across the state to interested hospitals, service organizations and schools.

AMOA Tree of Peace Order Form
MOA Now Accepting Resolutions for the House of Delegates
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.  
Visit the House of Delegates webpage by clicking HERE (Note: You must be logged in to access  the House of Delegates webpage).  

Any MOA member in good standing may author a resolution; however, introduction of resolutions to the House of Delegates is limited to delegates, alternate-seated delegates, component associations, MOA Departments, Councils, or Board of Trustees. Non-delegate status members in good standing should contact their component association for assistance in identifying an appropriate channel for resolution introduction. 

The following links can provide guidelines and instructions: 
SAMPLE RESOLUTION -  For an example of proper formatting
SUBMITTING RESOLUTIONS -  For an overview and guidelines for submitting a resolution
HOD RESOLUTION FORM - To submit resolutions 

The deadline for submitting resolutions is March 14, 2017
For more information please contact: 
Virginia Bernero 
517/347-1555 ext. 103

Attention MOA Members!

The Michigan Osteopathic Association is happy to announce that the MOA sponsored Delta Dental insurance has new DECREASED rates for 2017! Below you will find the monthly rates for the plans we offer to new enrollees. If you have any questions or would like to enroll, please contact Janna Ruedisale at 517-347-1555 or
Plan A - Low Option Rates
Plan A Rates With EHB*
Plan B - High Option Rates
Plan B Rates With EHB*
Two Person

*You must be a MOA dues paying member to take advantage of these great rates.
HealthyTown-Everywhere Expands to Fight Obesity

After decades of treating patients and seeing first hand the medical consequences of obesity, Dr. Paul Ehrmann conceived the idea of providing nutritional education at the source- grocery stores.

And thus began the HealthyTown-Everywhere (HTE) initiative. A free, public program, Ehrmann developed HTE to help address the obesity epidemic by promoting healthy lifestyles and improving wellness, primarily through diet, exercise and behavior modification.

HTE participants receive education on nutrition, grocery store tours, BMI screenings and blood pressure readings. There is also information on healthy lifestyles for school children.

Link to Full MSUCOM story:

Home for the Holidays? Discuss Family Health History

While the holidays represent a great time for family and friends to gather and celebrate, Beaumont Health notes it is also a good time to connect with family and discuss family health history. Genetics play such an important role in addressing health concerns and for many families the holidays are the only time family members may be together. Remind your patients this is a good time to recognize what hereditary risks may lie ahead and discuss what lifestyle changes could help to avoid heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancers. 

Link: Beaumont Article
Michigan DO organizes massive Thanksgiving dinners for community

Growing up, Safi Mohammed, DO, was taught that if he wasn't with his family for the holidays, he should be using that time to give back to others. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) features a great story on Dr. Mohammed's efforts in his community.  

Dr. Mohammed, a resident at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital's Mount Clemens campus and Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills. The AOA sat down with him to discuss the importance of community service in residency.

MACRA: Options for 2017

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will incentivize quality and coordinated care among clinicians who treat Medicare Part B patients. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has a good online resource for All-Things-MACRA, with information on payment models, options and how you can prepare. The video below outlines options:
MACRA 2017 Options
MACRA 2017 Options
AOA Offers Gift Guide for DOs & Med Students

The AOA's The DO offers some helpful insight on gifts for DOs and medical students. The list was gleaned from Twitter and email responses the AOA received when asking -
"Holidays are coming: What gifts would you recommend for doctors and #medstudents? What's on your wish list? What past gifts have you loved?"

Link: Gift guide: The best holiday presents for DOs and med students

Sparrow Healthcare news includes stories on awards, new facilities and the amazing amount of effort Sparrow engages in the community. 

This week, Sparrow's Caregiver Spotlight is Jim Long. As Catering Manager, long uses a customer service approach to ensure that the patients' needs always come first.

Sparrow Caregiver Spotlight - Jim Long
Sparrow Caregiver Spotlight - Jim Long

Sparrow News
Sparrow TV
News & Resource Links

MSU Professor Receives Grant To Stem Childhood Obesity In The U.P.:
Joseph Carlson, MSU associate professor in the Department of Radiology, is leading a team that has received a nearly $300,000 one-year grant from the Superior Health Foundation to address lifestyle issues related to childhood obesity and other health risks among children in the Upper Peninsula.
Link: MSUCOM Article

MSUCOM Med Student Co-Founder of Lettuce Live Well:

Ashley Logan is a second-year medical student in MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine and the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Lettuce Live Well. Lettuce Live Well is a group dedicated to providing access to the education and resources that individuals need to lead happier and healthier lives.
Link: MSUCOM Lettuce Live Well Article 

Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) Handbook - Comment Period Open
Proposed changes to the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (BOS) Handbook are now posted on the AOA website for a 45-day review and public comment period. The comment period will remain open until January 09, 2017. At that point the BOS Handbook will be sent to a Board of Trustees Reference Committee for review.
Link: BOS Handbook and email for comments 
Crain's Detroit Business Features Round-Up of McLaren Health Care News
The Detroit business news outlet with all the latest news from McLaren Health Care
Link: Crain's McLaren Health Care News

August 5, 2016 saw the passing of Maynard Amelon, 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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