Prior Authorization and Senate Bill 612

The legislature concluded work on the Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget and  made good use of the few joint session days before adjourning until after the November 3rd Election.  It was a pleasant development that Senator VanderWall pushed action on his legislative proposal dealing with prior authorization (SB 612). As the primary sponsor of the bill and chairing the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee, Sen VanderWall succeeded in reporting out the measure despite strong opposition from insurers and purchasers. The committee vote was 8 -0 with 2 passes.  While much work needs to continue on the bill and negotiations will continue while the bill remains pending on the Senate floor,  the Michigan Osteopathic Association extends a  thank you to the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee and Chairperson Curt Vanderwall for advancing this bill that holds promise for ending dangerous delays in treating patients and removing step therapy obstacles physicians are subject to by insurance companies. When it comes to health care, Michigan patients deserve reforms that removes red tape and puts treatment in the hands of physicians and their patients. The issue of Prior Authorization has earned bi-partisan support and we salute the legislators who have moved Senate Bill 612 forward in the legislative process.

Take Action - Let your Senator know Prior Authorization needs reform

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Virtual CME Event
After surveying our membership and analyzing the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Michigan Osteopathic Association has made the decision to cancel the in-person convention that is annually held in Grand Rapids. In its place, the MOA will provide CME sessions online in the same manner Spring CME sessions were presented. The speakers for this event are being selected and registration is open. If you participated in the Spring CME event, your profile is already established. If you are new to the MOA Learning Center, register for the Autumn CME event and your profile will be established a week before the event. 

For more information on Autumn CME 
Registration for Autumn CME Event
Agenda for Autumn CME Event

COVID-19 Practice Certification Assessment

It is recommended that participants read the PHYSICIAN PRACTICE COVID-19 PLAYBOOK and watch the video before taking this practice assessment.
Upon achieving a passing grade with this practice-assessment, participants will be able to print their own Certificate of Completion for display in your practice.

Please Note:
This assessment Will NOT allow you to save and finish at a later date
This assessment Will NOT allow you to go back and change your answers
You must attain of a passing mark at least 88% on this assessment to generate your own Certificate of Completion for your records

Practice Assessment Link

Only 2 assessments can be taken on the same device over a 24 hour period. As long as participants are on their own computer or device, it will not be an issue

Video recording of the Developing a Plan to Re-Open Your Practice webinar (link to YouTube video)

Provider Impact Webinar Series
May 21 - Video of the May 21 webinar: Creating a Disaster Plan for Your Practice 
May 28 - Documenting and Coding after "Seeing" Your Patients
Post webinar materials:
  • Virtual Health billing grid (PDF) This Virtual Health billing grid is being shared with permission from Partners in Care Ascension-Southeast Michigan. It was last updated on May 27, 2020. Coding and billing instructions are in a state of flux and are subject to frequent changes. Please be sure to visit payer websites including CMS to ensure you are using the most current billing guidelines.
  • BCBSM Coronavirus webpage (Link)
  • Documenting and Coding After “Seeing” Your Patients PowerPoint (PDF)

CME for hours worked responding to COVID-19

A State of Michigan Executive Order is allowing clinicians to submit for Continuing Medical Education for hours worked responding directly to the COVID-19 emergency between March 17, 2020 - June 9, 2020. There is the possibility of an extension to the end date. We are monitoring the Executive Orders being issued and will update the information as we receive it. 

Executive Order:
Executive Order 2020-49 provides that LARA may recognize hours worked responding to the COVID-19 pandemic as hours toward continuing education courses or programs required for licensure. The Order is effective immediately and continues through June 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
All hours must be submitted by July 1, 2020. For questions, please contact: Melissa Budd at [email protected]

COVID-19 CME Submission Form

Your Practice - Your Business
With seemingly constant changes in regulations, requirements, billing and supplies, managing your practice can be facing never before seen challenges. This section offers resources to help physicians and practice managers get answers. 
- Telemedicine information and resources
- Loan guidance
- BCBSM news and updates
- ICD-10 and CPT information
- Unemployment assistance

Practice and Business

Physician Wellness
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted our way of life in ways we have never experienced. Whether you are on the frontlines or isolating with family at home, the pressure can affect your mental and physical health. The MOA has created a list of wellness resources and we urge everyone to make sure you are addressing your own health in these uncertain times.
- Self-Care Ideas and guides
- Strategies for clinicians, healthcare leaders and managers
- Managing stress
- Resources for Physician Wellness

Physician Wellness


The MOA is monitoring updates and recommendations from MDHHS, CDC, World Health Organization and local health agencies.
If you have any comments or questions for the MOA, please use the link below to contact the MOA directly and we will respond accordingly. 

Comments or questions? Contact the MOA

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) continues to monitor the ongoing spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). While the immediate risk of exposure for the residents of Michigan remains relatively low, the MOA encourages all residents to follow recommendations to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The MOA conducts daily meetings to study updates to the situation in Michigan and stay informed on how other states are responding to the outbreak of COVID-19. In an effort to provide accurate information on the various issues surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak to MOA members, we have created a webpage to aggregate information: 

MOA COVID-19 Information & Resources

MDHHS Coronavirus General Information (8am-5pm daily): 888-535-6136
MDHHS COVID-19 Emergency Laboratory Network Hotline 888-277-9894 

Centers for Disease Control: 800-232-4636





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Opioid Prescribers' Legislative Alert

On December 27, 2017, the Lieutenant Governor signed into law several new requirements aimed at combating the opioid epidemic. The MOA is part of a coalition that is working with the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide input from healthcare professionals in regards to the laws, regulations and systems used by prescribers. 

For MOA members, a page has been created with an overview, a link to a summary (PDF) and a link to a survey designed to get feedback from the MOA membership.

Opioid Alert page (MOA login page)
Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) - User Support Manual