Join us for an unconventional
Spring Scientific Convention
 June 13 & 14, 2020 
16+ AOA Category 1-A Credits 

The Michigan Osteopathic Association will host an online CME event June 13 and 14. The program will feature speakers originally planned for the cancelled, in-person event. The two-day schedule of online sessions will be held Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, with breaks for lunch and between sessions. Attendees will be able to ask questions and interact with speakers via Zoom.

Register for Saturday and Sunday sessions for 16 AOA Category 1-A Credits, or select a single day to attend for 8 credits. We appreciate all of the support from our members and we look forward to creating a positive online experience in these challenging times.

Session Highlights:
  • COVID-19 Update 
  • Cardiology 
  • Pain Management 
  • OMT Philosophy 
  • The Osteopathic Approach
  • Women’s Health 
  • Functional & Integrative Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology 
  • Risk Management 
  • Addiction and Recovery*
 *3 credits pain & symptom management, meets MI LARA requirements
Provider Impact webinar series
Amid confusion in managing a practice, MOA provides answers with weekly COVID-19 Webinar Series

WHAT:  The  MOA is delivering weekly webinars on topics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on your practice.
WHEN:  The webinar series will be held on  Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm through May.
HOW:  You may register for the entire series now and attend as many as you can. A recording of each webinar along with handouts will be made available after the scheduled event.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:  Physicians, Advance Practice Providers, RNs, medical assistants, coders/billers, office managers and any members of your practice's care team.

WHY : As COVID-19 continues to spread, the MOA is focusing on the health and safety of our physicians and the care team community by offering guidance on various topics impacting your practice. The MOA is committed to providing you and your practice team with current information and resources during these uncertain times. 
The webinar series will cover issues such as:
  • Telehealth reminders and tips
  • ICD-10 and CPT information
  • Coding and billing for telehealth services
  • Engaging you care team
  • Preparing for the next wave of COVID-19
May 14 - Developing a Plan to Re-Open Your Practice [ Register ]
May 21 - Creating a Disaster Plan for Your Practice [ Register ]
May 28 - Documenting and Coding after "Seeing" Your Patients [ Register ]
CME for hours worked responding to COVID-19

A State of Michigan Executive Order is allowing clinicians to submit for Continuing Medical Education for hours worked responding directly to the COVID-19 emergency between March 17, 2020 - May 28, 2020 .

Executive Order 2020-49   provides that LARA may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as hours toward continuing education courses or programs required for licensure.

The Order is effective immediately and continues through May 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
All hours must be submitted by  June 15, 2020 .

For questions, please contact: Melissa Budd at
COVID-19 Response Catalogue
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Supplies and more

The MOA has partnered with a local vendor to offer a COVID-19 Response Catalogue. The catalogue is online, offering supplies from PPE to remote office essentials. The Response Catalogue lists the Country of Manufacture so you ensure the products you order are made in the U.S.A., accepts online orders and delivers the supplies to your doorstep.
COVID-19 Materials and Business Impact Survey
How has COVID-19 Impacted your practice?

As the MOA is attempting to fill the needs of our members, we are trying to get a better grasp of what those needs are and what changes the COVID-19 crisis has caused for our membership. Please take a moment to complete the short survey to share your insight on how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted your practice.
What to know about Telehealth billing and coding during COVID-19

Learn more about the changes to telemedicine billing and coding procedures brought on by CMS’ Waiver 1135

In March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) signed  Waiver 1135 , which brought on significant changes to telemedicine service qualifications, and billing and coding procedures, while the nation battles the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Some insurance companies are following CMS’ lead, but each has its own unique policies. Jill Young, CPC, CEDC, discussed these changes and reviewed what codes are now available for Medicare telehealth/telemedicine services in an April 9 AOA/AOIA webinar.

Blue Cross And BCN Announce Temporary Sequestration Relief And DRG Enhancement For Medicare Advantage Providers Treating Inpatient Covid-19 Patients

In accordance with our provider agreements and changes to Original Medicare payments under the federal CARES Act, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are implementing temporary sequestration relief and DRG enhancement for in-network Medicare Advantage providers. Both of these changes will be implemented by Blue Cross and BCN as noted below.

These changes will offer financial relief to health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic and apply to services provided to members with Medicare Plus BlueSM PPO and BCN AdvantageSM coverage.
COVID-19 Treatment: An Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Approach

Mary Goldman, DO
April, 2020

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) was the only effective treatment known to physicians during the most virulent influenza, H1N1 Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Like this pandemic, COVID-19 causes Cytokine storm. Research regarding the effectiveness of OMT in treatment of COVID-19 is underway. REMEMBER YOUR Protective Equipment! Until further information is available, these approaches may be of value:
Tell Congress to Protect Physicians and Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Protecting the interests of the osteopathic profession and the patients you serve is of the utmost importance to the AOA. We know you are on the front lines combating this pandemic and saving lives. As Congress attempts to craft legislation addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19), lawmakers need to hear from you on how COVID-19 is impacting your ability to care for your patients.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, osteopathic medical students, postdoctoral trainees and physicians across the nation are experiencing a host of challenges that impact their practice and the patients they serve:

  • Shortages in medical supplies such as surgical masks and personal protective equipment;
  • Limited guidance on safety and treatment protocols, as well as information on the availability of COVID-19 testing and changing telehealth rules;
  • Potential liability exposure for physicians who want to help by providing care to patients out-of-state; and
  • Impending funding deadlines for critical programs such as the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program, that help strengthen our public health system and ensure that patients in rural and underserved areas are able to access timely medical care.
Send your lawmakers a letter and provide them with a clear picture of what's happening on the ground and the gaps in coverage or resources that need to be filled.
Resources for COVID-19

As information on the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) from around the world is shared, the MOA is aggregating data, announcements and changes in requirements. The MOA participates in daily meetings to study updates to the situation in Michigan and stay informed on how other states are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19. The MOA will share updates and announcements from various health organizations and state agencies and post on:

COVID-19 Hotlines
MDHHS COVID-19 Emergency Lab Network Hotline: 888-277-9894  
Clinicians should call this number to have the patient’s symptoms and risk factors assessed against the prioritization criteria. If the patient meets criteria, MDHHS will provide instructions for obtaining laboratory testing.

MDHHS Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Hotline:  888-535-6136  
(7 days a week, 8am- 5pm)
For general information on COVID-19 and how the state is working to lessen the risks and limit the spread of COVID-19.  

Centers for Disease Control:  800-232-4636
For general information on COVID-19 on a national and worldwide level. 
COVID-19 Volunteers

The MOA has received a number of calls from members looking for ways to volunteer their skills. has created a webpage with links for volunteers and donations. The   site has options for Healthcare Providers, Public Health & Community volunteers. The site also links for donating PPE materials and a link to the Red Cross for blood donations.
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