MOA Mourns Past President Max McKinney, DO

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Max McKinney II, DO, passing on December 27, 2016. Dr. McKinney was a Past President of the MOA (1997-98) and his presence will be missed by all those who had the good fortune to know him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
A celebration of Dr. McKinney's life will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, January 28 at Glen Oaks Country Club, 30500 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Dr. Max McKinney
In Memoriam - Dr. Max McKinney

In lieu of flower s, donations may be made in Dr. McKinney's name to the MOA Charitable Fund, 2445 Woodlake Circle, Okemos, MI 48864, or to a charity of your choice.

Max McKinney, DO, Obituary
MOA Charitable Fund Online Form
New Bills Signed Address Opioid Overdoses

Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed into law two laws allowing the overdose reversal drugs be prescribed to schools to have on hand for emergencies. School districts obtaining naloxone would be required to have at least two employees with training on how to administer the drug.
(Left to right) Sen. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Dr. Stephen Bell

The legislation was proposed after the release in 2015 of recommendations by a state task force to fight Michigan's worsening prescription drug and opioid abuse epidemic.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has help shape policy, providing recommendations to the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. MOA board member, and chair of the MOA Task Force on Safe Opioid Use, Dr. Stephen Bell has been a part of the governor's task force and currently serves on the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission. 

"It is an honor to serve on the commission and particularly rewarding to see legislation take affect that can help reduce the amount of overdose deaths in our state," said Dr. Bell.

The commission will continue to work on getting the recommendations turned into policy.  

Monroe News Article
MOA Advocacy Page on Safe Opioid Use and Treating Addiction
LARA Establishes New Rules on Delegation of Prescribing Controlled Substances

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has established new rules on physicians delegating the prescription of controlled substances to nurse practitioner or nurse midwives and physician's assistants. The revised rules, effective December 20, 2016, include a list of requirements for the supervising physician. At this point, LARA is in the process of updating the forms and the related information on their website ( but LARA does have the rules online in a PDF file.

Link: LARA PDF Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery General Rules 

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 Cindy Pohl , who lost the use of her arm for over two decades. With the help of Sparrow partner, Mary Free Bed, Cindy has regained use of her arm with an innovative arm brace.

Sparrow Caregiver has an amazing healing story of her own
Sparrow Caregiver has an amazing healing story of her own
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Save the Date!
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. The MOA planning team has reviewed many options in the southeast Michigan area and the Westin has come through with the optimum location for the size of our meetings and the number of attendees.

"The Westin Southfield Detroit has expanded to become an amazing location for our Spring Convention. The size of our convention limits the number of options and the Westin has become the perfect spot for the MOA," said Lisa Neufer, Director of Administration for the MOA.

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

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
News & Resource Links

From the AOA, The DO's top stories of 2016:
Burnout, discrimination and single GME. The DO offers the Top 10 articles from 2016. The articles made it on to the list by generating exceptional page views, reader engagement and/or social media buzz; many of them cover topics that will continue to be relevant to the profession in 2017.

JAOA editorial: Osteopathic Recognition Vital for DO trainees' Future: 
As the profession transitions to a single system of graduate medical education accreditation, providing osteopathic residents with a viable pathway to continue their osteopathic training should be a top priority of medical educators, maintains AOA Past President Martin S. Levine, DO, in a new editorial published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 
Medicaid expansion boosts Michigan's economy and will more than pay for itself, IHPI study finds:  
Michigan's expansion of Medicaid health insurance coverage has boosted the state's economy and budget, and will continue to do so for at least the next five years, according to a new University of Michigan study.
Link: U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation article
Michigan students will learn to save lives with CPR training:
New legislation requires health classes include training in CPR.
Link: Detroit Free Press article

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

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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