March 27, 2015

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Medicare payment reform soon may be a reality

After 12 years, 17 short-term patches, and almost $170 billion spent, the House of Representatives has voted to repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)
physician payment formula by an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority 392:37. The legislation now sits in the Senate and awaits a vote.The Senate has chosen to take the issue up after recess.

Both the House and Senate will have to act on the bill by March 31 or physicians face a 21 percent payment cut. After 12 years, 17 patches, and $170 billion spent on short-term "fixes,"
this could finally be the end of the SGR if members of the osteopathic profession make their voices heard. The bills, H.R. 1470 and S. 810, reflect the policies established in last year's
bipartisan, bicameral

Among other provisions, HR 2 would:
  • Provide a 0.5% annual raise through 2019 for providers who participate in Medicare before transitioning to an incentive-based payment system
  • Encourage providers to participate in alternative payment models focused on patient outcomes, with providers participating qualifying models receiving a 1% annual rate increase beginning in 2026
  • Extend the Children's Health Insurance Program funding for two years
  • Provide $7 billion in funding over two years for community health centers, maintaining current funding levels that are set to expire on Oct. 1.

The measure overall would cost $213 billion. The deal would offset about $70 billion of the projected costs. Roughly half of the possible deal's
offsets would come from cuts to hospitals, insurers and acute-care providers.

We urge our members to use the AOA's Grassroots Osteopathic Action Link (GOAL), to let their voice be heard in Washington.

Detroit Medical Orchestra to play Stravinsky

Our friends with the Detroit Medical Orchestra are preparing to play Stravinsky's Firebird on May 3rd, 2015. This is a wonderful group that donates their time, and considerable talents, to exploring the connections between music and healing. The DMO fosters partnerships among medical and health professionals, in addition to making philanthropic contributions to the community of Detroit. We urge our members to visit their website ( to learn more about this group. Of course we also urge our members to donate to their latest fundraiser and catch a performance of this amazing group. 
MSUCOM remains in U.S. News World Report top 10 percent for primary care education 

For the 15th year, the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine was named as one of the nation's top colleges for educating primary care physicians by U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the best graduate schools.


In the magazine's 2016 rankings, MSUCOM tied for 12th with Harvard University. It was the highest-rated osteopathic medical school. There were 57 M.D. and two D.O. schools named in the ranking (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine was ranked 57th).

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Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan: 
Michigan Healthy Food Access Campaign

Our friends at Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan (HKHM ) are pleased to participate in the launch of the Michigan Healthy Food Access Campaign, which is being led by the American Heart Association.

The campaign was announced during a legislative roundtable and media briefing held at RWC Advocacy in downtown Lansing. Michael Maisner, chair of Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan, said the state investment in providing healthy food was reasonable given what the state is already spending for care of chronic disease. "Obesity is a big factor that leads to chronic disease," said.Mr. Maisner and his group acknowledges that proper diet and exercise are a personal responsibility, but they also require access. "If they don't have access to healthy food, it's difficult to hold them for having a healthy diet," he said.

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MHA Human Resources Conference

The Michigan Hospital Association (MHA) is hosting the 2015 Michigan Healthcare Human Resources Conference April 15 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. 
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Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association