February 13, 2016 - The DO Family Newsletter  
Vaccination Waiver Rates Decline in Michigan
MOA Works to Keep Rules in Place

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) participates in the Parent Information Network (PIN), a group committed to addressing issues on community health. The group includes; the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and a number of other groups. 
Dr. R. Taylor Scott with WLNS reporter 
In 2015 Michigan rated 48th in the United States in the amount of waivers parents submitted to avoid getting their children vaccinated. During the past several years, PIN has partnered with MDHHS and key legislators to address the issue through administrative rules.

The new rules have now been in place for a year and the informed consent initiative at the local health departments has proven to be successful. Today, Michigan has 8,000 fewer nonmedical waiver requests-and an overall drop of 39 percent in the waiver rates. However, legislators have introduce House Bills 5126 and 5127 which would prohibit the rules from being any stricter than current law, resulting in undoing the new waiver process and literally putting into jeopardy the immunization improvements we have seen this past year. The MOA worked with PIN to make our voices heard. four-city press conference was implemented. R. Taylor Scott, DO, and Anthony Ognjan, DO, represented the MOA in press conferences in Lansing and Detroit respectively. 

The effort was a resounding success. As of this writing the effort produced 22 unique stories and 40 additional Associated Press clips, for a total of 62 clips. This includes newspaper articles and television pieces. A letter to Governor Rick Snyder was sent from PIN and the representatives sponsoring the legislation were notified of our opposition. 

For now, it looks like the waiver rules are safe. But the MOA and PIN will continue working to protect the rules that protect our communities. 

Lansing Vaccination Press Conference

The New Physician's Guide is here! The guide is the result of a partnership between the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) and the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS). The guide offers information from how to start a job search to financial planning. This guide is restricted to the members of MOA and MSMS. The guide was produced in response to physicians who had questions on the various issues they faced when beginning their vocation. 
Chapters include: 
  • Starting Your Search
  • Accepting a Position
  • Licensing, Credentialing, VISAs
  • Medical Liability Insurance
  • Billing and Reimbursement
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • Laws & Regulations
  • Insurance Considerations
  • Financial Planning and Loan
With the collective experience of the MOA and MSMS, we can share valuable information to help new physicians as they start careers. We hope the New Physician's Guide provides provides information to make the transition from a new professional to medical practice a success. 
The New Physician's Guide is available as a download in a PDF file format. Access to the download is only available to members who are logged in to the MOA website. 

The 117th Annual Spring Scientific Convention will be May 12-15, 2016. Join us in Dearborn to reconnect with colleagues and meet new friends. To learn more about the line up of speakers and the options for attendees, click HERE
Scientific Research Exhibit Competition

The MOA will once again host a Scientific Research Exhibit (SRE) competition. The SRE 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 the profession's commitment to the advancement of science in osteopathic medicine. This program has grown each year and for the 2nd year we will feature Oral Presentations. NEW! Those attending the Oral Presentations will also earn CME credit. 
Due to popular demand, SRE posters will be displayed through Saturday afternoon. 

First place: $1,000
Second place: $750
Third place: $500
Best Oral Presentation: $500
Outstanding Case Report: $250

For more information and to submit an exhibit, click HERE.

The MOA would like to spotlight our newest Strategic Partner, Beaumont Health

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. It consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, 5,000 physicians, more than 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2013, the combined organizations had 168,047 inpatient admissions, 15,997 births and 492,677 emergency visits. 

As part of our strategic partnership we will share their news, events and social media posts. We encourage our members to: 
Visit their website: www.beaumont.edu
Like us on Facebook "Like" their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Beaumont-Health
Follow us on Twitter Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeaumontHealth
View our videos on YouTube Visit their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/BeaumontHospitals

A big thank you to Beaumont Health for joining our Strategic Partner Program and we look forward to our groups doing great things together in the future. 
New Leadership for Component Societies 

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) would like to welcome the new leadership of the Macomb and Oakland Components. Jasper Yung, DO of Oakland and Kathleen Rollinger, DO of Macomb will have a chance to represent their local physicians, intern/residents, students and medical programs as President over the next year.

Component societies exist to provide an opportunity for osteopathic medical professionals to network, advocate for the physicians, support legislative issues and develop future state and national osteopathic medical leadership. The MOA extends to 12 local component societies to represent the specific interests of osteopathic physician within their specific district or county.

Additionally, each component society is entitled to identify a number of delegates based on the MOA bylaws, to serve to the MOA House of Delegates, the voting body of the MOA which acts on resolutions and matters of policy.

To see a full list of component leadership and geographical breakdown of groups, click HERE.

Resolutions for the House of Delegates Due March 14
Submitting Resolutions to the House of Delegates
The 2016 Michigan Osteopathic Association House of Delegates will meet on Thursday, May 12 from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Edward Village Michigan (formerly the Adoba) in Dearborn, Michigan. If you have resolutions you wish to submit to the 2016 House of Delegates, you can now do so via the MOA website. 
Visit the House of Delegates webpage by clicking HERE
Any MOA member in good standing may author a resolution; however, introduction of resolutions to the House of Delegates is limited to delegates, alternate-seated delegates, component associations, MOA Departments, Councils, or Board of Trustees. Non-delegate status members in good standing should contact their component association for assistance in identifying an appropriate channel for resolution introduction. 

The following links can provide guidelines and instructions: 
SAMPLE RESOLUTION - For an example of proper formatting
SUBMITTING RESOLUTIONS - For an overview and guidelines for submitting a resolution
HOD RESOLUTION FORM -To submit resolutions 

The deadline for submitting resolutions is March 14, 2016. 
For more information please contact: 
Virginia Bernero 
(517) 347-1555 ext. 103

Michigan Cancer Control Initiative Provides Assistance in Increasing Cancer Screening Rates

Project focuses on improving screening rates through utilization of electronic health records (EHRs) and access to resources

MPRO invites our partners at the MOA to join us in increasing cancer screening rates throughout Michigan. Our free cancer control initiative offers primary care providers the opportunity to enhance the well-being of Michiganders by increasing and improving screening rates for breast and cervical cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer.

These data-driven initiatives align with the Michigan Cancer Consortium's (MCC's) Cancer Plan for Michigan, 2016-2020 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) goals improve cancer outcomes. Each project will focus on prevention and early detection of cancer through:
How can MOA members get involved?
Join us for our next webinar on March 8 from noon-1 p.m. ET. We will be joined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to discuss colorectal cancer screenings, including types of screenings, options risks and benefits to your patients. Click here to register.

To join the effort or learn more about MPRO's Michigan Cancer Control Initiative, please visit https://cancercontrol.mpro.org 
Flint Water Crisis
The Flint Water Crisis has dominated the headlines. The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) position is that all residents have the right to safe and affordable water. While the issues surrounding the crisis have grown, the MOA is looking ahead to avoid the issues in regards to blame and we are focused on the future. The MOA is sponsoring the Pre-Conference session at the MSAE Legislative and Public Policy Conference on Feb. 16. The session is titled: "The Flint Water Crisis: The Facts, Not the Politics"
For more information: http://msae.org/LegPub

The Flint Child Health & Development Fund has been established to support charitable organizations that provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.  

Catholic Charities of Genesee County is accepting water filters, bottled water, and donations.

The American Red Cross has volunteers distributing water testing kits, water filters and bottled water at several locations.
MSUCOM Freedom to Slavery Series
The Dr. William G. Anderson Lecture Series, "Slavery to Freedom" has once again
arranged a stellar line up of visiting faculty. 
The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) presents the annual series during Black History month and it is in its 
16th year. 

Feb. 18: Cornel West
Thought-provoking speaker, social commentator and academic who has written more than 20 books, he's best known for his classics Race Matters and Democracy Matters. Professor West's work examines the crossroads of race, gender and class in American society.
February 18, 2016, 5 p.m. Big Ten Room BC, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Feb. 25: Ernest Green
As one of the Little Rock Nine, he and eight classmates were the fi rst to integrate Little Rock Arkansas's Central High School in 1954, for which they later received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Clinton. He went on to earn his bachelor's and master's degrees at MSU and has held a career in both the public and private sectors, working to address inequities in labor and education.
February 25, 2016, 5 p.m. Auditorium, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

MSUCOM has an archive of videos from the last 15 years in the series. Visit their archive of the series HERE
In Memoriam

Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Gerald Reznick, DO

Dec. 1 of 2015 saw the passing of William A. Athens Sr., DO

Nov. 22 of 2015 saw the passing of Jesse J. Cardellio, DO

Oct. 2 of 2015 saw the passing of Eugene N. Sands, DO
Click here for a local obituary

Sept. 26 saw the passing of Donald R. Eck, DO
Click here for a local obituary 

Sept. 25 of 2015 saw the passing of Gregory D. Harrington III, DO

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

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

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