Transformation Academy Kicks Off with MACRA Webinar

As a part of the DO's Together program, the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) has created the "Transformation Academy," webinar series.  The Transformation Academy will provide web-based, blended and classroom style activities to MOA members. The new venture was prompted by a growing need for comprehensive training on timely and emerging health care issues. The program is free to MOA members.

The first webinar focused on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Entitled, "MACRA: The Path to Value," the online presentation allowed virtual attendees to ask questions and interact with the moderator.
The presentation topics included:
  • Define MACRA, MIPS and APM
  • Describe new methods of payment
  • Explain incentive payments and reductions
The Transformation Academy has webinars scheduled through September. For more information on the program schedule and to download materials from previous webinars, click HERE.

For presentation materials from the MACRA webinar,
MACRA: The Path to Value (Click for PDF file) 
MIPS Checklist (Click for PDF file )  
Small Practice Fact Sheet (Click for PDF file)

Next Webinar: Diabetes Prevention Program
June 22: Diabetes Prevention Program (Click for registration)
MSUCOM Welcome Picnic Welcomes 2020 Students

The 2016 Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)
Welcome Picnic saw sunny skies as faculty, staff and upperclassmen welcomed over 300 incoming freshman. The Class of 2020 was broken down into small groups where "Big Sibs" shared knowledge and answered questions from the "Little Sibs."

The annual event has grown each year, with attendees that include students, faculty, staff and vendors. "We plan on over a thousand people attending," said organizer Beth Courey, Director, Student Organizations and Special Programs.

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) was present to inform the new students of the MOA's mission. "I feel blessed to be working with the students of
MSUCOM. Each encounter I have I am so impressed with the quality of young people who are entering the osteopathic profession," said Terry Trombley, Staff Assistant to the MSUCOM Student Liaison Committee.

As the incoming class lined up to learn about the MOA, the ever-present, Best Mascot in the Big Ten, Sparty entertained and posed for selfies. The MOA signed up over 150 new student members at the event. Good luck to the Class of 2020! #SpartansWill
MCOMA Works with Habitat for Humanity

Jun 4, The Macomb County Osteopathic Medical Association (MCOMA) joined with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) and MOA,  for a Habitat for Humanity volunteer event on June 4th, 2016. MCOMA used some of the proceeds from last year's MCOMA Tiger Event to donate to Macomb Habitat for Humanity along with some help from MSUCOM and MOA. Our volunteers donned their work gloves, casual clothes and closed toed shoes to do some work on an existing home that is being renovated for an appreciative, Macomb Habitat family.

The group was comprised of MCOMA Board and student members who performed some minor demolition, removed old carpet and did some painting and landscaping.

MCOMA was grateful that the MCOMA Advocates, led by Linda Adams and Ardis Soye brought lunch for the group.

Dr. Stephen Swetech was appointed MCOMA event representative along with his daughter Maria, an MSUCOM student.  This event would not have happened if Dr. Swetech had not worked hard behind the scenes to garner the necessary funding for the two day event.

When asked, our student MCOMA board member, Rebecca Ruche commented: "As MSUCOM students and MCOMA members, we feel that integrating ourselves into our community and helping to better the well-being of the members of our community is our duty as future osteopathic physicians. Fortunately, MSUCOM prides itself on that principle as well and provides us innumerable opportunities to do so!"

MCOMA would like to take this opportunity to thank those who supported our past MCOMA Tiger Game events helping to make these community support events possible. In addition to Habitat Macomb, the funds from 2015 were also used to donate to Families Against Narcotics and 4 Paws 1 Heart.

To view the Facebook photo album from the event, click HERE.
Now Available to MOA Members:
Marijuana Interaction with Other Drugs Form

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) recognizes the complex issues involved in patient treatment and prescribing medications. Any patient treatment must include knowledge of prescription and non-prescription drug use. Unlike prescription drugs, there is very little research available on (and limited reliable studies) the effects of the interaction of marijuana and prescription drugs.

Due to the lack of studies/research a physician cannot predict what, if any, effects there will be resulting from using marijuana with the prescription and nonprescription drugs that are to be used in the course of treatment. The MOA offers the "Marijuana Interaction with Other Drugs" disclosure form.
 To download a PDF of the form, click HERE.

Know Your Source: Protect Your Patients and Your Practice from Unsafe Medications

by Susan Marr, MSA, LHRM, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
The U.S. has one of the safest drug and medication supply systems in the world, in part due to careful regulation in the face of globalization and increasing threats to the supply chain. However, according to the FDA, there is a growing network of rogue wholesale drug distributors selling potentially unsafe drugs in the U.S. market. To combat this threat, the FDA has launched the  Know Your Source campaign to ensure physicians are aware of the problem and to help them play their part in protecting the integrity of the U.S. drug supply chain.
Which doctors are the main targets? While any specialty could be at risk, most of the counterfeit drugs in the U.S. targeted to physicians are expensive medicines, and the targeted specialties are often oncology, dermatology, plastic surgery, and dentistry.
Regardless of your specialty, these tips can help ensure that your practice is ordering safe medications:
  • Beware of e-mail blasts and faxes that advertise the option of buying expensive medications at a discount. Remember the adage, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
  • Emphasize to staff, especially those in charge of ordering medications for patients, that it is illegal and ill-advised to buy medications and drugs from outside the U.S. The FDA is often aware of practices that order drugs from outside the U.S. and may initiate contact with the practice in order to educate employees. The FDA's involvement may also trigger contact from a state's Board of Medicine.
  • "Know Your Source" means know that a supplier of drugs and medications is legitimate. Practices can verify this through the FDA. Select a state and click on the link to the agency that can verify that the supplier is legitimate. Once you've verified a supplier, rechecking once a year is sufficient-as long as there are no changes in the name, address, and other information from the supplier.
  • Keep the "pedigree sheets" that are shipped with the product. Under federal law, they should contain:
-      Proprietary and established name of the drug.
-      Dosage.
-      Container size.
-      Number of containers.
-      Lot or control numbers.
-      Business name and address of all parties to each prior transaction involving the drug, starting with the manufacturer.
-      The date of each prior transaction.
  • Keep a log of drugs and medicines ordered, the supplier information, and when the legitimacy of the supplier was checked.
  • Be sensitive to any complaints by patients that might indicate there is a problem with the integrity of a product.
Contributed by The Doctors Company. For more patient safety articles and practice tips, visit

Healthy Town Everywhere Begins in Royal Oak
As the communities across Michigan battle with health issues related to diet, a member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is dedicating his time to educating people on nutrition and healthy eating habits. "Healthy Town Everywhere" is the brainchild of Paul Ehrmann, DO, and an MOA member. Dr. Ehrmann is a health and wellness advocate and medical director of the Family Health Care Center.
"Our goal is to continue to get solid information to consumers and have them apply what they learn at the grocery store," said Dr. Ehrmann. "I'm very excited about this wellness initiative where families can take part."

The project will begin with a roll out at the Holiday Market on July 16 followed by additional programs throughout this year, to be announced later.  Some of the features of the upcoming programs include:  
  • Targeted nutrition education to set a foundation for healthy eating
  • Grocery store tours with discussions and cooking demonstrations at the Market
  • Interactive discussion series at Holiday Market
  • Take home and web based materials to provide further nutritional guidance for the children and their family
  • Teaching elementary school students about nutrition in cooperation with Royal Oak Public Schools in preparation for the Holiday Market visit

"As physicians, we are well aware of the obesity problem facing both school-aged children and their parents," said Lawrence Abramson, DO, executive director of the Oakland County Osteopathic Association. Look for more Healthy Town Everywhere as the program has plans for expansion to communities across the state.
News & Resource Links

2016 OMED a Month Earlier - Sept. 17-20 The 2016 OMED will be a month earlier than in the past. Deepak Chopra will be the keynote speaker at the event in Anaheim, CA. More>

Physicians Joining in Michigan's Dental Registry (MiDR)
The Michigan Dental Registry (MiDR) serves to increase the communication and transparency between medical and dental providers, allowing for better coordination of patient care and continuity of care. In early 2016, MiDR was classified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Meaningful Use Specialized Registry. MiDR will house valuable information related to a child's access to and utilization of preventive oral health services in both the medical and dental environments, and currently there are more than 1,500 physicians and dentists that have attested to using the system. More> 

Sparrow Foundation's Dapper Dads Raises $455,00.00:
The 7th Annual Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion Show raised a record-breaking $455,000.00 to support women's' health. The top 13 Dapper Dads will appear in a 2017 calendar. For a list of the winners: More>

Beaumont Partners for 3-Way Kidney Transplant  Kidney transplant teams from Beaumont Health, Henry Ford Health System and University of Michigan Health System worked together with the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to find a kidney for each of their patients through a "paired donation" program. More>  
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In Memoriam

April 7, 2016 saw the passing of Daniel Graham, DO

Feb. 15, 2016 saw the passing of Howard Rossman, DO
Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Gerald Reznick, DO
Feb. 4, 2016 saw the passing of Jack Lighton, DO
Feb. 3, 2016 saw the passing of Norman Decker, 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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