October 2, 2015 - The DO Family Newsletter  
November 6-8, 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.

There are so many things to see and do in Grand Rapids. The wonderful folks at Experience Grand Rapids have created a webpage just for our visit. The webpage offers lists and maps for: 
  • Accommodations
  • Dining
  • Nightlife
  • Children's Activities
  • Shopping
  • Art & Culture
Before your visit to Grand Rapids, visit http://www.experiencegr.com/2015miosteo/
Connecting to MOA Members - Renew Your Dues

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is in the process of updating the records of our MOA members. It is good to acknowledge that we have had a huge number of members updating their contact information. This allows us to better communicate events, benefits and issues that affect you, your practice and your community. 

As a member, you have login access to the MOA website (www.domoa.org) to manage your contact information. We encourage members to add, or update, their mail addresses. But we also realize some members prefer regular mail. You can update that information as well. 
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 Board of Trustee Member Accolades
John Sealey, DO, FACOS Graduates from
Healthy Policy Fellowship
On September 19, 2015 John Sealey, DO, FACOS, Director of Medical Education for the Authority Health Graduate Medical Education Program, graduated from the Health Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association.

The program is cosponsored by the New York Institute of Technology/New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, offering the fellowship to 12 physicians per year. Curriculum is covered in a series of seminars throughout the country using a broad range of analytic and communication skills to apply to health policy, including coursework in federal and state health policy, uninsured and vulnerable populations, the health care workforce, quality of care and patient safety, economics of health policy, rural health, multicultural medicine and medical education.

Q: What made you pursue the Health Policy Fellowship?
A: Barbara Ross Lee, Director of the Health Policy Fellowship, had encouraged me to branch out of my current perspective to look at health subjects as policy. In addition, the AOA has used the Health Policy Fellowship as an incubator for DOs to add to committees and as ambassadors for the organization.

I was also attracted to the strong academic component of the program to gain a deeper understanding and background 

behind policy making. This was learned from going behind the scenes to speak with legislators statewide and nationally.

Q: What has been your greatest take away from the program?
A: While analyzing specific issues during research assignments, I learned to look at issues objectively instead of as a stakeholder. In addition these exercises also taught me how to examine policy in general, which was something I had not previously been acquainted with.

The fellowship also gave me experiences and opportunities that I would also not have had otherwise. For instance, I was able to have lunch with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-MI14) and was able to advocate personally for specific issues important to our profession.

Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for someone looking into this fellowship?
A: Be ready to dedicate one whole year to being the most informed individual you can be. Go into the program with an open mind, listen and take what you can from every member of the class. You will meet many people from all types of organizations and they all have valuable information for you to learn.

Use the knowledge you gain to work the system and find ways to make a difference for our future and the future of our patients. 
Craig Glines, DO, MSBA, FACOOG Appointed to 
ACGME Review Committee

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has recently appointed Board of Trustee member Craig Glines, DO, MSBA, FACOOG to the ACGME Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Resident Review Committees (RRC) are composed of physician members, at least one of whom is a resident at the time of appointment.  Members (except the resident member) are nominated by RRC 'appointing organizations' and confirmed by the ACGME Board of Directors.Each committee sets accreditation standards, provides peer evaluation of programs or institutions to assess the degree to which the program or institution complies with the published set of educational standards, and confers an accreditation status for programs and institutions meeting those standards.   

Announcing New AAOA President- Pam Kolinski

The Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED) will be in Orlando, FL, on October 17-21, 2015. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) hosts the annual conference offering a multitude of compelling sessions and programs. We are proud to announce that during the conference, Pam Kolinski, Immediate Past President of the Advocates for the Michigan Osteopathic Association (AMOA) will be installed as the president of the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA). We would like to encourage our members to attend the Inauguration Ceremony on
Pam Kolinski (center) at the AMOA table at 116th Annual Spring Scientific Convention
Saturday, Oct. 17 at 4:00 p.m., reception immediately following. "I am honored and I look forward to the challenges ahead for our group. This would never be possible without the MOA's support the last 10 years," said Kolinski. 

This year marks the 75 anniversary of the AAOA, allowing Kolinski to leverage the great history of the group while utilizing today's technology to pursue their goals. The AAOA mantra will be "Taking Tradition into Tomorrow" as they work to better engage members and the causes they embrace. 

We would like to congratulate the new president and wish her the best for her upcoming term. 
Show your support of the advocates by joining the AAOA on social media.

Disclaimers Used as Part of Physician's Signature 
on Medical Record Documentation

Medicare Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) audits include assessment for illegible or missing provider signatures in medical record documentation. With few exceptions, Medicare requires that the author authenticate services provided or ordered. Medicare identified a new trend in medical record documentation using disclaimers. 

Examples include the following: 
"Due to possible errors in transcription, there may be errors in documentation"; "Due to voice recognition software, sound alike and misspelled words may be contained in the documentation"; and "I am not responsible for errors due to transcription." Medicare regulations deem providers responsible for medical record documentation. Disclaimers such as those above do not remove that responsibility. The provider should verify the information is complete and accurate prior to attaching his/her signature. 

More Guidance for Provider Signature Requirements can be found on the WPS website.
In Memoriam

September 25 of 2015 saw the passing of Gregory Harrison III, DO

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

May 1 of 2015 saw the passing of Sara Dora, DO

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

To see a list of all Michigan Osteopathic Association members who have passed, click HERE.
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