April 24, 2015

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Early Bird Registration is Coming to a Close
The discount for Early Bird registration for the MOA convention officially ends Friday, April 24, but the discount has been extended for online registration. The Early Bird rate is a discount of $75.00. If you haven't registered yet take advantage of the discount and click HERE to register.  

Team Care Medicine
116th Annual Spring Scientific Convention will feature Peter B. Anderson, M.D., President and Founder of Team Care Medicine. Dr. Anderson is the author of "The Familiar Physician" and will present "Restoring Medicine Around a Familiar Physician" during the Saturday luncheon. To learn more about Team Care Medicine visit their website: TeamCareMedicine

Big Fish, Big Fun!
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) will host a reception the first night of the MOA Spring Scientific Convention. The event is May 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Big Fish Seafood Bistro, in Dearborn.

Nicholoff Presents Award to United States Senator Debbie Stabenow
In partnership with several local and state-based organizations, the Alliance for Patient Access (AfPA) was pleased to award United States Senator Debbie Stabenow the Spring 2015 Medicare Part B Patient Access Champion Award. MOA Executive Director Kris Nicholoff was pleased to honor Sen. Stabenow. "Her dedication to this issue has been consistent and principled" said Nicholoff.

During her time in Congress she has held fast, opposing cuts to Medicare Part B, helping sustain the community clinics and oncology centers that keep the best treatments local and accessible to patients in need. The MOA is proud to be a partner in the AfPA and especially honored to play a part in recognizing Sen. Stabenow as a true champion. 
To register online, click here:  116th Annual Spring Convention
Dr. Edward Canfield Testifies on GME Bill

Past MOA President, and current State Representative, Dr. Edward Canfield testified at the House Health Policy Committee hearing on the importance of Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding. With drastic funding cuts looming, the MOA has joined a coalition of associations to raise awareness of the importance of GME funding. 

"My wife, Cheryl, and I have been treating patients in the Thumb of Michigan for more than 21 years... we have experienced first-hand the importance that primary care plays in patient access to care and affordability" said Dr. Canfield.  

There are a number of factors in why GME funding is so vital to the healthcare system of Michigan. Some of the talking points include: 
  • Graduate medical education is vital to the delivery of care to patients in MI. Ending state support for GME is unacceptable. 
  • GME funds don't pay for medical school tuition. Physician residents are licensed physicians who have completed med school. 
  • Graduate medical education programs at teaching hospitals help maintain a steady supply of doctors who live & work in MI. 
  • For every $1 MI invests in the GME program in FY '16, the federal government sends an additional $1.91 to the state. 
  • GME is vital to delivering quality healthcare in MI; elimination of GME funds will have a direct negative impact on patient care. 
For more information on GME and how you can let your voice be heard, visit: GMEMatters.org
No Fault Insurance Bill  Barrels Forward

After Senate Bill 248 quickly passed the Michigan State Senate (SB 248), the House Insurance Committee last week passed its own version of an auto insurance reform bill despite strong objection from health care providers, legal experts and consumer advocates. The version that moved out of committee will likely see the House floor as early as next week. 

The MOA is one of 26 associations who make up the Coalition Protecting Auto No Fault (CPAN). CPAN offers analysis of both versions and you can view those HERE.
April is:
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and we are especially proud of our own Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA) for the amazing program they present to
AMOA Volunteer Linda Adams
raise awareness on this important issue. The AMOA volunteers their time, taking their mobile driving simulator to schools and events across the state. 

The National Safety Council (NSC) has more information on the Distracted Driving Awareness campaign. Click HERE to visit the NSC website where you can download posters, infographics, fact sheets and links to videos.  

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