April 10, 2015

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Bylaw Changes: The proposed changes to the MOA Bylaws are available to members.
Members can click on this link: Bylaw Revisions If you are not logged in to the MOA site you will be prompted to do so. 

MOPAC Challenge: During his morning remarks to the MOA House of Delegates, Anthony Ognjan, D.O., MOPAC Chair will challenge Component Societies to get 100% of their Delegates and Alternates to make donations to MOPAC during the HOD. The idea is similar to the OPAC fundraiser held at the AOA House of Delegates meeting in July. "This has been done in Chicago at the AOA House with great success. This is a great opportunity for MOA Leaders to support our political action efforts. I urge you to do your part" said Dr. Ognjan. Minimum contributions are same as lapel pin donor levels: $100 for physicians and $25 for educational members - 2015 pins available at the MOPAC booth.

Resident of the Year: Emily Burk 

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has announced the winner of the Resident of the Year Award. Emily Burk, D.O., Chief Resident, Internal Medicine at Detroit Medical Center- HVSH, has been awarded the annual honor.  


The MOA Outstanding Resident of the Year Award was established to recognize and honor outstanding osteopathic residents from Michigan who go above and beyond to bring a sense of pride to the profession by exhibiting the exemplary characteristics of an osteopathic physician. Residents must be nominated by their Program Director and stand out amongst their peers in a number of professional areas. Competition for this prestigious award is high as Michigan has the largest number of osteopathic postdoctoral trainees in the country.

Dr. Burk attended Michigan State University for her undergraduate degree and Midwestern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2012.

The MOA would like to congratulate Dr. Burk and we look forward to presenting her with the honors at the 116th Annual Spring Scientific Convention May 14.

To register online, click here:  116th Annual Spring Convention
Update: SGR Payment Provisions

The  negative 21% payment rate adjustment under current law for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule became effective on April 1, 2015 due to Congress' failure to enact either a temporary delay or permanent fix.  CMS, in an attempt to limit the adverse impact on Medicare providers and beneficiaries, is holding claims for a short period of time starting on April 1st.  By holding claims for a short period of time it allows CMS to implement any subsequent Congressional action thus minimizing claims reprocessing and disruption of physician cash flow in the event legislation passes addressing the payment reduction.  Current law provides that  CMS not pay electronic claims sooner than 14 calendar days (29 days for paper claims) after the date of receipt. 


The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is lobbying to im

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

April is National Donor Life Month

National Donate Life Month is all about encouraging more Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. To register or learn more, visit:
MQIC Announces New Guidleines
The Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium (MQIC) has announced the release of two new evidence-based guidelines:
  • Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for Children and Adolescents
  • Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for Children and Adolescents

The MQIC website has more details and PDF files available for download.  



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Todd Ross
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