July 24, 2015                        
American Osteopathic Association meets in Chicago 


Chicago - New leadership was added at the Annual American Osteopathic

Dr. Piccinini and Dr. Weiss

Association Business Meeting in Chicago last week, including current Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) president, Robert G.G. Piccinini, D.O., dFACN, serving as Second Vice President and, MOA past-president, Michael D. Weiss, D.O., serving as Third Vice President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees. Both will proudly represent Michigan and enhance the voice of the osteopathic profession in their new roles. Returning leadership on the AOA Board of Trustees includes John E. Bodell, D.O., and Craig L. Magnatta, D.O., of the MOA.


The AOA leadership and executive office represent the best interests of all D.O.s, osteopathic medical students, and other members of the osteopathic medical profession. Charged with implementing the vision and strategic plan developed by the AOA Board of Trustees, these leaders play an integral role in guiding the actions of the AOA on behalf of the osteopathic family.


Assuming the role of AOA President is John W. Becher, D.O., whose inaugural address called upon each physician in their daily role to educate and advocate for the osteopathic profession. To see a list of Dr. Becher's leadership goals and watch his full speech, click HERE.


AOA Photo Album

Visit the MOA Facebook page (no account required) to see photos from the AOA events in Chicago, click HERE.

MOA President Announces New Task Forces


Chicago - In an effort to represent and best serve all osteopathic physicians, Robert G. G. Piccinini, D.O., dFACN, and the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) are proud to announce the formation of two new task forces. The Employed Physicians Task Force will focus on emerging physicians, the needs of new practices and the transition from the educational field to the professional field. Another task force will highlight, recruit and strengthen the resources the MOA is able to provide women in the osteopathic practice. The leadership roles and participating members will be determined soon. For more information please contact Virginia Bernero

Motion Style Acupuncture Treatment (MSAT)
Lecture and Presentation 

Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA), in conjunction with the Michigan
State University Institute of International Health (MSU IIH), are offering a lecture on Oriental Medicine and OMM at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Internationally renowned Korean physician Joon-shik Shin, PhD, K.M.D. (Korean Medicine Doctor) will will speak on Motion Style Acupuncture Treatment (MSAT). Mary Goldman, D.O., will demonstrate Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM). 

To view a video on Dr. Shin, click HERE

For more information and to register, click HERE
Michigan Opioid Abuse Task Force Holds Public Hearing

Lansing - On Monday, Governor Snyder's Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force held a public hearing at the Sate Capitol. The hearing gave residents of Michigan an opportunity to provide testimony to the group. 

The testimony ranged from doctors giving advice on treatment options, to former opioid users providing first-hand insight. 

Many of the stories revolved around loss. Parents, friends and family all rose to share their stories of destruction by opioids.

Task Force Appointee and MOA Member Stephen R. Bell, D.O., heard the testimony and said these tragic stories are by no means surprising.

"I was pleased to play a part in a public forum," Dr. Bell said. "The sad thing is that the stories we heard are what I see in my office every day."

Recently, the MOA's Ad Hoc Committee on Opioid Abuse has submitted recommendations to the Governor's Task Force. The recommendations revolved around preventative medicines, treatment programs and professional training. 

"The testimony given [at the hearing] simply reinforced the recommendations provided by the MOA Ad Hoc committee," Dr. Bell said. 
MOA will continue to provide news and updates on this pressing issue. Look in future issues of MOA Pulse for more news and alerts. 
Component Societies Connect


July 9 - Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) President Robert G.G. Piccinini, D.O., dFACN, held a conference call for the Component Societies of the MOA. The meeting was the first of its kind and helps fulfill Dr. Piccinini's initiative to better connect our component groups to the MOA. The topics of discussion included: 
  • Increasing CME opportunities and forums
  • Targeting more diverse groups of physicians
  • Planning more social events geared at attracting new members and connecting current members
  • Sharing member lists from the MOA
  • Using the MOA to share news and promote events
  • Raffle sports tickets/ memorabilia at meetings (Dr. Piccinini offered 2 Red Wings tickets to any component wishing to use them to draw attention to an event) 

Much of the discussion focused on membership efforts. David Best, D.O., offered several ideas for social and networking events aiming at gaining membership and networking existing members. The Component Society conference call will be a regular event in the future. This is a wonderful way to get feedback from the various groups and better connect the resources of the MOA with the component groups. For more information, please contact Todd Ross. 


To see a map and list of the MOA Component Societies, click HERE

MOA Strategic Resource: 
Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network


The Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network  (LSQIN) a collaborative that brings  together Medicare beneficiaries, providers, and communities in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The LSQIN offers knowledge sharing through their website (www.lsqin.org) and through webinars and Live Chats. Their focus includes: 

  • Adult immunization
  • Cardiac Health
  • Coordination of Care
  • Diabetes Care
  • Hospital Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Meaningful Use of Health IT
  • Nursing Home Quality
  • Quality Reporting

LSQIN also offers an excellent YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/LSQIN) with a number of informational videos on a variety of issues. The site also offers email subscriptions for general news, Hospital Updates, Community Clinic Updates and Nursing Home Updates. 


For more details, please visit the LSQIN website by clicking  HERE.

Autumn Scientific Research Exhibit Competition

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) Fourth Annual Autumn Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) competition will be held November 7, 2015 and in conjunction with the MOA 11th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids November 6-8.

The MOA recognizes that the advancement of scientific research plays a critical role in our mission to improve health care through promoting osteopathic medicine-so much so that research is included in the associations mission statement and its mission of quality of care.

Every year, MOA hosts two SRE competitions at both the Spring and Autumn Scientific Conventions. These competitions provide osteopathic medical students, residents, fellows and attending-level physicians an opportunity to present their medical and scientific research to our profession. The SRE event demonstrates the very best of what osteopathic medicine is and reaffirms our commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine.


For more information and to enter an abstract, click HERE

Autumn Practice Manager Program Announced

The MOA is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Autumn Practice Manager Program in Grand Rapids. The program will be held Friday, November 6, 2015, at the 2015 Autumn Scientific Convention.

The Program will feature 6 hours of AAPC approved CMOM CEU's of credit including updates on ICD-10, Scribes, Effects of EMR documentation on E & M Coding, Chart Reviews/Audits, Positivity and more!

To register for the program, click HERE.

Autumn Scientific Convention

This fall, the Michigan Osteopathic Association will return to beautiful Grand Rapids for the 2015 Autumn Scientific Convention.
The event will be held November 6-8, at the Amway Grand Plaza. 

For more information click HERE

Exhibitor registration is open! For more information, click HERE.
In Memoriam 

October 21 of 2014 saw the passing of Stephanie Stanley, D.O.,.

January 23 of 2015 saw the passing of Leonard Dunworth, D.O.

February 5 of 2015 saw the passing of John Tilden, D.O.

April 10 of 2015 saw the passing of Gerald Brickner, D.O.

May 1 of 2015 saw the passing of Sara Dora, D.O.

June 18 of 2015 saw the passing of Hugh L. Grover, D.O.

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click 
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Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association

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