September 3, 2015 - The DO Family Newsletter                  
Rep. Edward Canfield, DO, Flourishing in new Role 
State Representative Edward J. Canfield, DO would describe his first eight months with the Michigan legislature, "A whirlwind!" Elected to serve the 84th District (Huron and Tuscola Counties), he is making history as the first osteopathic physician to join the House. Still currently practicing in Caro, MI, Dr. Canfield has strong roots in the area along with his wife who, together, owned their practice for the better part of 20 years. During that time, he became involved with his community and profession through the Sebewaing Rotary Club, Michigan Osteopathic Association, Eastern Michigan Osteopathic Association, serving on the board of the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians and as the Osteopathic representative to the BCBSM Board for about five years.

"I have found that in order to affect change you have to be at the table and the table requires participation." Dr. Canfield speaking about his involvements and how it led to his current position, "At the State level I noticed that many issues related to my district and the State of Michigan, both in medicine as well as other interests, were being handled differently than I would like. I decided to get involved," he says.

One of the biggest challenges of this new position is the constant flow of issues and information that require quick review and resolution. When the solutions aren't as prevalent as the problems, even after a few months, the cycle can get frustrating. Dr. Canfield's dedication and work ethic was quickly recognized, and he now serves on the House Appropriations Committee, which handles over half of the total state budget, and chairs the Department of Transportation sub-committee.

In his new role, Dr. Canfield is interested in issues related to medicine, specifically Medicaid reform. He has been fortunate to see progress in this area with the adoption of a single medication formulary for Medicaid plans, being adopted this year. The MOA pitched a similar recommendation to today's version almost 5 years ago, and Dr. Canfield is convinced that while responses aren't as quick as we always hope, the organization's voice is heard. Other areas of focus for the new physician-Representative are education and the revitalization of small towns throughout Michigan.

With his background, it comes as no surprise that part of the small town renaissance would address the need to recruit and retain primary care physicians in rural or urban underserved locations. Over the last several years Dr. Canfield has developed a plan for these areas to improve access to primary care physicians.

Working with many stakeholders, their goal is simple, "to incentivize primary care physicians to work in these underserved areas and help pay down their student loans, at a time which they most need it." Planning to unveil the entire plan this fall, Dr. Canfield believes addressing student debt is critical to driving new primary care physicians into the areas they are most needed. The plan will look at some tactics to address the problem, however realizing that the issue reaches beyond state control in some aspects.

The MOA is looking forward to working with Dr. Canfield and stakeholders to improve care for Michigan residents. It is the Association's honor to support his Osteopathic voice as he represents our physicians and the communities they serve.

Thank you to MOA Members!

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has received 2016 dues from a record number of MOA members. This year marks a first, as dues statements were emailed out to members prior to a "regular" mailing. It is also good to note, we have had a huge number of members updating their contact information. As a member, you have login access to the MOA website ( to manage your contact information. If you did not receive an email, or prefer regular mail, you should receive a statement in the mail. 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
Do Your Part to Improve Adult Immunizations
Join a statewide effort to make Michigan a healthier place.

Immunization rates among adults have been historically low, especially among racial and ethnic minorities. Influenza and pneumonia are vaccine-preventable diseases. However, combined they were the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2012. The goal of this project is to improve Medicare beneficiary immunization rates in Michigan through better tracking, documentation and reporting. The initiative has a special focus on under served populations-minorities and those living in rural areas-to reduce health care disparities. The initiative targets three immunization vaccines: seasonal influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster (shingles). Lake Superior QIN's work supports the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Healthy People 2020.

In partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Division of Immunization, Alliance for Immunization in Michigan (AIM) and the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), MPRO as part of the Lake Superior QIN is working to assist physicians and physician offices with improving their adult vaccination rates, including support with reporting to MCIR, access to best practices to optimize workflow and patient engagement strategies.

Osteopathic doctors have direct and frequent contact with health care consumers, especially those with Medicare. Join their initiative and help make Michigan a healthier place. Learn more or join the effort here: 

Nicholoff Speaks at MSAE Governmental Affairs Academy

Aug 28 - The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) held a conference on
governmental affairs. The Governmental Affairs Academy is annual event help association executives learn the rules regulations and emerging trends of legislative and advocacy work. The event offered a number of great presentations, including Kris Nicholoff, Executive Director, of the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA). Nicholoff spoke within the session- "Recruiting Members to Run for Office and the Regulations that Apply." 

The session was well received as Nicholoff offered some of his insight from his over 30 years of experience. With a topic as complex as regulations for association members running for elected office, Nicholoff's stories resonated with the audience. "Kris Nicholoff delivered intellect, integrity and inspiration at MSAE's Government Affairs Academy," said Edward Woods III, MSAE's director of Learning and Leadership Experience. "Through an open and transparent process, Kris engaged the audience and shared his experiences in recruiting members to run for office and the regulations that apply." The MSAE offers the two-day event with the goal of instructing associations on how to increase their impact in governmental affairs while maintaining a culture of compliance. To learn more about the MSAE, visit their website by clicking HERE.  
This fall, the Michigan Osteopathic Association will return to beautiful Grand Rapids for the 2015 Autumn Scientific Convention at the Amway Grand Plaza. 

Attendees - For more information on CMEs and the agenda, click HERE
Science Research Exhibits - Currently accepting submissions, click HERE.
Exhibitors - Exhibitor registration is open! For more information, click HERE.

The ICD-10 Deadline is Fast Approaching
ICD-10 CMS Video
CMS Video on ICD-10 FAQs

The deadline for the ICD-10 changeover is less than 30 days away and many physicians still have questions. 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
AOA 2012-2015 CME Cycle will end December 31, 2015

This is a friendly reminder that the AOA 2012-2015 CME cycle will end on December 31, 2015. In order to view your complete CME activity report, please log in to your AOA account at the AOA website:
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is committed to helping you meet your CME requirements.

OMED 2015
October 17-21, 2015, Orlando, FL

MOA 11th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention
November 6-8, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
17 AOA Category 1-A Credits anticipated

MOA 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention
May 12-15, 2016, Dearborn, Michigan
Watch for further details, coming soon

If you are not a current MOA member, become a member now and
register for MOA conventions at a discounted rate.
Please visit for more information.

For further assistance, please contact the MOA CME Department at (800) 657-1556 X112
The MOA Pulse is a member benefit for sharing news and events. If you have any news items you would like to share, or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Todd Ross
Manager of Communications
Michigan Osteopathic Association

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