August 21, 2015 - The DO Family Newsletter                  
MOA 2016 Dues by Email and Mail

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has sent the 2016 dues statements by email to MOA members. If you favor "regular" mail, look for the dues statement in your mailbox. We have been busy updating records. As a member, you have login access to the MOA website ( to manage your contact information. Dues can be paid by check or credit card, by mail or by logging in to the MOA website. 


To access your membership information and to renew your dues now, click HERE


If you have any questions, please contact: 

Devona Jameson

517.347.1555 Ext. 109 


MOA President Dr. Piccinini Connects with Component Societies 

Aug 19 - Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) President Robert G.G. Piccinini, DO, dFACN, held the second conference call under his leadership for the Component Society presidents. Dr. Piccinini was pleased with the call as a continued effort to better connect the facets of the MOA resources. Topics of discussion included:
  • Increasing member involvement and attendance to meetings
  • Component society leadership, Dr. Piccinini and MOA staff will work to develop a survey to garner information about what would attract members
  • Opportunity to fulfill Osteopathic Continuous Certification through component society meetings
  • Opioid abuse communication efforts and education among members
The monthly call serves as a great way to receive feedback from members on the issues facing our DOs and component societies. 

For more information, please contact Todd Ross at
Crain's Detroit Business Feature on Physician Shortage  

Will more Michigan medical school graduates ease the physician shortage in our state? That is the question Crain's Detroit Business addressed in an August 9th article. The article featured feedback on the state's residency programs from medical school deans, including Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
dean William Strampel, D.O.

Kristofer Nicholoff, CEO of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, was quoted in regards to the residency programs available in teaching hospitals. "Competition for these slots is already intense, and it's going to get fiercer," Nicholoff said. "The number of residency positions is among the most important issues in modern health care, particularly in terms of developing new primary care physicians."

To view the Crain's article online, click HERE
The ICD-10 Deadline is Fast Approaching

As the deadline for the ICD-10 changeover is drawing closer, many physicians have questions. The change to ICD-10, which is required under HIPAA regulations, was originally set for Oct. 1, 2013, delayed until Oct. 1, 2014 and delayed again until Oct. 1 2015 due to industry struggles to implement the new system.   

We have created a page on the MOA website with links to resources to address questions and provide background to the coding program. The page features a brief video with highlights of the changes, as well as links to more information on the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) website. The page also includes a Countdown Clock as a reminder of the approaching deadline. 

To visit the MOA, ICD-10 webpage, click HERE
MPRO Announces Governor's Award of Excellence
MPRO, as part of Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (QIN), and Governor Rick Snyder are proud to announce the return of the Governor's Award of Excellence. These prestigious awards recognize health care providers for their dedication to improving health care quality and patient safety in Michigan. To be eligible for the awards, participating providers will have to achieve, maintain and continually improve specific and rigorous milestones.
"These providers are setting the standard of better health care for all of Michigan residents," said Snyder. "It's essential we recognize them for their commitment and contribution to improving the quality of life for all Michiganders."

The Governor's Award of Excellence was developed in 2003, recognizing providers with a special focus on some of Michigan's most pressing health issues. As part of the newly-announced five-year long program, individual awards will be offered in the following areas:
  • Improving cardiac health and reducing cardiac disparities* Reducing hospital readmissions and improving coordination of care between health care settings
  • Reducing disparities in diabetes care
  •  Improving adult immunization rates and reducing immunization disparities
  • Improving screening rates for depression and alcohol use disorder in primary care settings and reducing readmission rates for inpatient psychiatric facilities 
  • Reducing healthcare-associated infections in hospitals
  • Improving prevention coordination through the meaningful use of health information technology
  • Reducing healthcare-acquired conditions in nursing homes 
  • Improving quality through value-based payment, quality reporting and physician feedback reporting program

"We are thrilled to extend these prestigious awards and honor providers for delivering safe, efficient and effective health care," said MPRO President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Yellan, MPH, J.D., FACHE.

The official kickoff and recruitment for participation in the Governor's Award of Excellence is scheduled for September, 2015.

 For more information, visit the MRPO website, click HERE


The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has shortened the association's domain name, better known as our web address. While we will forward email addressed to the old, "" addresses, the new email addresses will be ""

The new MOA website address is:
The old address, will re-direct to our new website, but we encourage our members to update their bookmarks. 

We look forward to the efficiency the shortened name will offer. 
If you have any questions, contact Todd Ross at

Back-to-School Immunization Focus of Press Event

Aug 20 - The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) joined the Michigan State
R. Taylor Scott, D.O., with health professional colleagues at the immunization press conference held on August 20. 
Medical Society (MSMS), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MAAP) and the Michigan Association of Family Physicians (MAFP) in a press conference dedicated to reminding parents to get their children immunized. Each speaker presented a clear and consistent message that vaccinations work. Michigan ranks near the bottom in the country in immunization rates. 

R. Taylor Scott, D.O., represented the MOA. "Not only do we speak as health professionals, we speak as parents, we speak for our patients and we speak for the children who can't speak for themselves" said Dr. Scott. Michigan has consistently had the some of the country's largest numbers of non-medical waivers. Dr. Scott summed up his remarks with a simple message----"the reason to get Immunizations is because you can."
In Memoriam 

February 1 of 2015 saw the passing of 
Richard O. Wagner, Jr., 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 

North American Spine Society Hosts Expert Forum
Saturday, October 17th, the world's leading researchers and clinicians will come together to present this forum on the state-of-the-art on the relevance of motor control for management of low back pain. Hear the latest evidence for "if" and "how" motor control treatments are effective for management of low back pain, and how to apply motor control intervention in clinical management of patients.

For more information, click HERE
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Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association

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