MSAE 2017 Legislative and Public Policy Conference

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will once again partner with the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Legislative & Public Policy Conference. The Leg Pub conference features balanced and thought-provoking dialogue on legislation and public policy issues impacting Michigan residents and the associations that serve them. With a variety of speakers and issues, the event will offer valuable insight on governmental affairs at a time when so many issues are on the legislative forefront.
Dr. Stephen Bell in the 2016 discussion on the opioid crisis. 
The event will have a pre-conference panel discussion, "Opioid Epidemic: Exploring the Workplace Impact." The panel will feature the MOA's Dr. David Best and Dr. Stephen Bell, as well as experts from various fields.

MSAE Leg Pub webpage
Dr. Edward "Ned" Canfield selected to the House Appropriations Committee 

State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., of Sebewaing, has been named to the House Appropriations Committee by House Speaker Tom Leonard.

Dr. Canfield will chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. The U.S. Navy veteran also will be vice chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs appropriations subcommittee. He also will be a member of appropriations subcommittees dealing with Medicaid, the Department of Transportation, and the state's budget supporting schools and the Michigan Department of Education.

The House Appropriations Committee designates how the state's budget is allocated among the various state departments and agencies.

"I will ensure your voices are heard as we decide how best to invest in the state of Michigan," Dr. Canfield said. "I am privileged to be included on committees dealing with issues so important to Huron and Tuscola counties."

Dr. Canfield, in his second House term, also was a member of the House Appropriations Committee during the 2015-16 session.
Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Dr. Craig Glines to the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointment of Craig Glines,
DO, of Riverview, to the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.

The 11-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with overseeing the practice of more than 8,200 osteopathic doctors.

"I want to thank these individuals for serving on this board and I am confident they will positively contribute to the oversight of Michigan's osteopathic doctors," Snyder said.

Dr. Glines is the chief academic officer and designated institutional official at Botsford Hospital. He also is the designated institutional official, director of medical education and associate medical director of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center. Dr. Glines holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in business administration from Madonna University and a doctor of osteopathy from Michigan State University. He will represent physicians and fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Susan Sevensma, DO.

Dr. Glines will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Dec. 31, 2018.
Gov. Rick Snyder appoints Micheal Kolinski, DO, to the Michigan Board of Athletic Trainers

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Michael Kolinski,
DO, of Kalamazoo to the Michigan Board of Athletic Trainers.

Housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the 11-member board assists in overseeing the licensure and practice of athletic trainers.

"I thank Michael for his willingness to serve on this board and am confident he will have a positive impact within the athletic training community," Snyder said.

Kolinski will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring June 30, 2020. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.
Registration is OPEN! Join us for the 118th Annual Spring Scientific Convention as the MOA once again will offer educational opportunities with compelling sessions and discussion on current issues affecting your practice and profession. This year we have moved the venue to the renovated Westin Southfield Detroit.

So save the date on your calendar, May 18-21, 2017, and we will see you in Southfield!

2017 Spring Scientific Convention
MOA Spring Scientific Research Exhibit Competition
Westin Southfield Detroit

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).
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:
Are you a Retired, Life Professional or elder member of the MOA? Would you be interested in participating in a task force dedicated specifically to address the needs of the MOA's mature members? The MOA is looking for input from members who could provide value on the issues facing DO's in the latter stages of their career.

Please use the information below to submit your name as someone who is interested in seeing:
  1. Topics of discussion related to retirement such as: closing your practice, investing, moving to a new location, etc.
  2. Meeting at the MOA Spring Convention to discuss your specific needs.
We value your membership and would be happy to hear from you!
Contact Janna Ruedisale
517.347.1555 Ext. 108
Metro Health and University of Michigan Health System announce new affiliation

World-class health care is combining with the culture of a community hospital to revolutionize West Michigan health care through the new Metro Health: University of Michigan Health.

Earlier this month, leaders from both Metro Health Hospital and the University of Michigan Health System shared details of their new affiliation and how it will benefit patients, employees, physicians and the West Michigan community with a Launch Celebration.

Metro Health and the University of Michigan agree with similar cultures, and unwavering focus on patient care, and access to high-quality care made it a natural fit to work together.

"Seventy-five years ago when 23 doctors formed Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital, caring for patients and the community was the number-one concern," Metro Health: University of Michigan Health CEO Michael Faas shared.  "Even though we've grown and changed names, taking care of patients is still our top priority."

U of M Michigan Medicine News Release
Metro Health Newsroom

The 2017 Sparrow Gala, Saturday, February 25
The 2017 Sparrow Gala promises an incredible evening of fun and eats, plus it benefits Obstetrical Services at Sparrow. Click on the video for more information

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine Campus Suffers Tornado Damage

In the early morning of January 21st, a tornado hit the William Carey University campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Thankfully there were no casualties and all students were safe. However, 90% of the campus buildings were damaged and many are destroyed, according to James Turner, DO, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

To begin providing immediate assistance, the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) has set up the WCUCOM Tornado Recovery Fund. Donations made to this fund will support of students, administration and faculty in their time of need.

Link: WCUCOM Tornado Recovery Fund
News & Resource Links

AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO: Advocacy: Growing our Influence in Times of Transition 
As the New Year rang in a new administration in Washington D.C., the AOA's Dr. Boyd Buser addresses the significance of advocacy efforts in a time of great transition.

From the AOA, The DO's: 7 New Year's resolutions to achieve better work-life balance 
By setting aside time for self-care, scheduling days off and delegating tasks, physicians can create boundaries between work and home. 

Sparrow Health unveils new Pediatrics Unit
The Sparrow Pediatrics Unit has been refreshed with kid-friendly furniture, new artwork, colors appealing to toddlers to teens, and much more!
Link: Sparrow News

Healthcare Finance: Nearly 85% of independent physicians unsure of MACRA requirements, but look to participate 
A new survey conducted by medical technology company Kareo found that 84 percent of independent physicians and staff aren't sure what MACRA's Quality Payment Program will require of their practice, yet 85 percent said they would participate in it to the best of their ability. 

January 4, 2017, saw the passing of John A. Walker, DO
Click here for a local obituary

December 27, 2016 saw the passing of Max McKinney II, DO
Click here for a local obituary

August 5, 2016 saw the passing of Maynard Amelon, DO
Click here for a local obituary

May 26, 2016, saw the passing of Thomas P. Kane, 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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