As a part of the DO's Together program, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has created the "Transformation Academy," webinar series. The Transformation Academy provides web-based, blended and classroom style activities to MOA members. The Transformation Academy has webinars scheduled through September. For more information on the program schedule and to download materials from previous webinars, click HERE.

Next Webinar, July 13:
The Nuts and Bolts of Transitions of Care 
Click here to REGISTER 
The webinar on Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was a wealth of compelling information. For presentation materials from the MACRA webinar,
MACRA: The Path to Value ( Click for PDF file)  
MIPS Checklist ( Click for PDF file )  
Small Practice Fact Sheet ( Click for PDF file)

Progress on Opioid Crisis

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Safe Opioid Use Task Force continues to develop educational programs and influence recommendations as legislation within the state takes shape. On a federal level, the opioid crisis is getting more attention. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, has issued a final rule to increase the number of patients that qualified physicians who prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorders can treat from 100 to 275. Providers, policymakers, advocates, and experts have pointed to the current 100 patient limit for buprenorphine prescribing as a barrier to opioid use disorder treatment. The rule aims to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and associated behavioral health supports for tens of thousands of people with opioid use disorders.

Link to HHS Announcement
Link to Fact Sheet from the White House

The expansion of treatment is part of the HHS Opioid Initiative, which was launched in March 2015. The initiative focuses on 3 key priorities:  
1) improving opioid prescribing practices; 2) expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder; and 3) increasing the use of Naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.

"The opioid issues are complex. But we do know that treatment for opioid addiction is paramount. We at the MOA see the expansion of treatment programs as a key step in combatting addiction and saving lives," said Bruce Wolf, DO, FAOCR, President of the MOA.

The ability to treat more patients will include more requirements. "Practitioners approved to treat up to 275 patients will also be required to accept greater responsibility for providing behavioral health services and care coordination, and ensuring quality assurance and improvement practices, diversion control, and continuity of care in emergencies. The higher limit will also carry with it the duty to regularly reaffirm the practitioner's ongoing eligibility and to participate in data reporting and monitoring as required by SAMHSA," says MOA Safe Opioid Use Task Force member, William Morrone, DO.

In May of 2016, the MOA hosted a Town Hall meeting on the opioid crisis facing our state. The event offered a distinguished panel of experts from the medical, legislative and law enforcement sectors in a town hall-style discussion. The event was moderated by Tim
Hon. Donald Allen, Jr., Post-Town Hall comments
Hon. Donald Allen, Jr., Post-Town Hall comments
Skubick, Senior Capitol Correspondent and host of WKAR's "Off the Record," as an overflow crowd asked questions and heard from the various points of view.

After the Town Hall, panelists were invited to provide comments from their perspective. The MOA has a YouTube channel featuring videos from the 2016 Town Hall on Combating the Opioid Crisis.

To view the Town Hall videos on the MOA YouTube channel, click HERE
Vaccination Awareness Efforts Continue

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) continues to advocate for
MOA's Dr. R. Taylor Scott addresses reporters
immunization programs for both children and adults. As part of that effort, the MOA is a leader in the Parent Information Network (PIN). PIN is comprised of 11 healthcare associations and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The group meets monthly to discuss the various issues and data surrounding children's vaccination efforts and the meetings are chaired by MOA Legislative Liaison, Kevin McKinney. PIN has successfully campaigned to lower the vaccination waiver rates in Michigan schools and continues to work towards healthier communities in our state.

The MOA also is part of a collaborative effort to raise awareness of adult vaccinations. Adults often overlook vaccination schedules which can cause risk for children who are unable to receive immunizations and expose adults to diseases that are preventable with simple vaccinations. The Alliance for Immunization in Michigan (AIM) provides a great, online resource for providers and families. The AIM Tool Kit offers information and links to federal and state resources on vaccinations. Click here to visit the AIM Tool Kit.

The MOA has created a resource page where providers and patients can find find links to reputable sources of information on vaccinations.
Visit to see a list of the resources.

Save the Date for November 4-6, 2016
The 12th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention will be Nov. 4-6, 2016 at the beautiful Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Registration is available, click HERE
Exhibitor Prospectus is available, click HERE
Reminder to NMOA Summer Conference Attendees: Outcomes Survey Due July 15
A reminder to the attendees of the Northern Michigan Osteopathic Association (NMOA) Summer Conference: The online Outcomes Survey is still available. Physicians who complete this survey may earn 1 additional hour of AOA Category 1-A CME credits. The deadline for completion is July 15, 2016. 
To participate in the survey, click HERE.
Reminder to Spring Scientific Convention Attendees: Outcomes Survey Due July 18
A reminder to the attendees of the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention: The online Outcomes Survey is still available. Physicians who complete this survey may earn 3 additional hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits. The deadline for completion is July 18, 2016. 
To participate in the survey, click HERE.
Digital Medicine and the Future of Healthcare

The digitization of medicine is transforming the entire healthcare system. New technologies like mobile apps and wearables bring both benefits and risks, patient access to healthcare is evolving, EHRs have created new patient safety risks, and artificial intelligence is evolving to play a role in future patient care. How can doctors adapt to these massive changes?

The Doctor's Company has launched a new video series:
What Doctors Need to Know About the Digitization of Medicine

The series helps identify areas of concern for physicians in regards to protecting against liability when dealing with electronic records.
Visit the Doctor's Company webpage dedicated to digital medicine for videos and a great set of links to outside resources: Digital Medicine Resource Center
HealthyTown Everywhere Inaugural Program Saturday July 16th

The HealthyTown Everywhere program kicks-off with a grocery store-based health and wellness program for the entire family at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, Michigan. The program includes grocery store tours, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings and much more!

When: Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: Holiday Market - 1203 South Main Street, Royal Oak, MI
Cost: Free!

Full details including SIGN UP AND PREPARTICIPATION SURVEY please visit
News & Resource Links

The AOA's "DO Engage" Newsletter
The AOA's "DO Engage" newsletter has several great public policy updates, including a call for DO's who have experience with the Veterans Administration. The Scope of Practice issue has arisen in VA hospitals as the challenges they face have them looking for solutions, but abandoning the physician-led, team-based care model.  To view DO Engage online, click HERE.   

DOs reduced opioid use in their ER by 38%. Here's their advice:
Recognizing the havoc the opioid epidemic was wreaking on their community, 2 DO's have recently implemented new treatment protocols for common pain conditions at the nation's second-busiest emergency room leading to a 38% reduction in opioid use overall. More>

Getting college bound students up to date on vaccines:

High school graduates are encouraged to get a Meningitis B vaccine. Recent cases in colleges across the U.S. have raised awareness of the life-threatening impact of the disease.
MIPS and MACRA Resource:
Want to know more about Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs)? Check out Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to learn more! More> 

MSUCOM Scholarship winners and donors meet:
MSUCOM gave out a record amount of scholarship dollars with almost $3 million shared with its students in scholarships at the college's annual Awards and Recognition dinner. The event was held at the University Club and was the biggest such event ever in the college's history. More> 
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In Memoriam

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

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click  HERE.
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Michigan Osteopathic Association

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