February 27, 2015

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Governor Rick Snyder Proposes Cuts to Graduate Medical Education Funding

Governor Rick Snyder has proposed cuts and a restructure of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding. "The proposed GME cuts are unacceptable. Michigan's quality healthcare relies on GME programs" said Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Executive Director, Kris Nicholoff. The MOA participated in "GME Advocacy Day," as medical residents, interns, physicians and GME advocates converged on the state Capital and legislative offices. The effort included over seventy-five appointments with legislators to emphasize how vital GME programs are to the well-being of Michigan residents.  
  • As Michigan's Medicaid enrollment has doubled over the last ten years, physicians working in residency programs bridged the gap to provide primary care for Medicaid and uninsured patients.
  • Teaching hospitals provide 78 percent of burn care units and 63 percent of pediatric ICUs.
  • For every dollar Michigan invests in the GME program in fiscal year 2016, the federal government sends an additional $1.91 to the state.
  • Michigan is a national leader in preparing future physicians. Michigan ranks sixth in the nation for the number of teaching hospitals, third for student enrollment in medical schools and sixth in the nation for GME program residents and fellows on duty.
  • GME funds do not pay for medical school tuition. Physician residents are licensed physicians who have completed medical school. They work in hospitals, community clinics and laboratories.

The MOA participated in an organized social media blitz. Using the MOA Twitter account (michigandos) and  Facebook account, postings and tweets were used to raise awareness of the funding cuts. The MOA also utilized our VoterVoice online application, allowing our members to directly contact their legislators and the governor. The results were impressive as in a few days hundreds of emails were sent from the MOA Action Alert page. The messages were thoughtful, addressing salient points on how important the GME programs are to healthcare in Michigan and in keeping future physicians from leaving our state. The MOA would especially like to thank the students at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for the number, and the quality of the messages they sent through our VoterVoice application.

We urge all members to get involved. If you are active in social media, follow and use the hashtag #GMEMatters
Our MOA Action Alert application can be found HERE

Senate Health Policy Committee to Hear Testimony on APRN Scope of Practice Bill  

The Senate Health Policy Committee will hear testimony next week on Senate Bill 68, the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) scope of practice bill. The bill, which was introduced by the committee's Chairman, Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), would define and expand the scope of practice of APRNs in Michigan. This would effectively deviate from the current healthcare model, as well as the current educational model which adheres to a healthcare team approach. 

The first week of March will be the start of three weeks of testimony on the bill. The MOA will have a representative testifying on March 10. The MOA is firmly opposed and will continue to work with stakeholders to advocate on behalf of physicians and the citizens of Michigan. Look for updates via our Facebook page and Twitter account (michigandos). 

To register online, click here:  116th Annual Spring Convention
Family Medicine Week: February 22-28th
Special thanks to state Rep. Edward "Ned" Canfield, D.O., former MOA Board member and past MOA President, for co-sponsoring House Resolution 18 declaring February 22-28, 2015, as Family Medicine Week in the state of Michigan. 
Dr. Frank Clark Family Legacy Feature
Frank Clark, D.O., and daughter, Christina Clark, M.D., were the focus of a WDIV feature (Video Link).The video piece was a wonderful background on the father/daughter legacy and the commitment to the East side Detroit community. 

Michigan Health Council Announces New Chair


Congratulations to Donald Sefcik, D.O., on becoming Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Health Council (MHC). Dr. Sefcik, Senior Associate Dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, will serve a two-year term leading the Okemos, Michigan-based health care non-profit. "We are delighted to have Dr. Sefcik's leadership and guidance during the next few years as he leads our dynamic Board of Trustees," said Melanie Brim, President and CEO of the MHC.


The MOA looks forward to the leadership of Dr. Sefcik as the MHC works to continue the work of the MHC in promoting a culture of health with healthcare professionals at the heart of the delivery system. Learn more about the Michigan Health Council at www.mhc.org

MHA Keystone Center Introduction Video

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center brings together hospitals, state and national patient safety experts, and evidence-based best practices to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs. These groundbreaking projects are among the largest collaborative healthcare endeavors in the world and have resulted in widespread information sharing and sustained clinical improvements. The MHA Keystone Center is currently leading the expansion of these activities throughout the country, introducing them into a growing number of healthcare settings so patients everywhere may benefit.

The MHA has produced a brief video that provides an introduction to these efforts, which are coordinated through the MHA Keystone Center and MHA PSO. We encourage you to watch this video and share with your colleagues. Video Link

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Todd Ross
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Michigan Osteopathic Association