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MOA 17th Annual Autumn Scientific Convention 
October 29-31, 2021

Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI


23 AOA Category 1-A Credits

23 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS: 
Sleep Apnea • Gastroenterology • Palliative Care Training • Hypertension in Geriatrics • Driver’s Rehabilitation 
Cardiology Core Curriculum • 
Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist Addressing Pandemic • Basic Management of Parkinson’s Disease 
Lifestyle & Functional Medicine • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine • Women’s Health • Safe Opioid Seminar

Autumn registration


 

COVID-19 Protocol Update

As the conditions related to COVID-19 and the Delta variant continue to change, the MOA is monitoring the recommendations and restrictions. In the event that the Autumn Scientific Convention is forced to limit the number of attendees or cancel the live event, registrants will have the option to transfer their registration to the virtual format or receive a refund.
We thank our membership for their patience as we navigate the issues needed to protect our attendees and staff.

At this time, masks will be required for unvaccinated persons and optional for vaccinated persons during the conference. Social distancing is encouraged.
This policy is subject to change as we continue to monitor CDC and MDHHS recommendations and requirements.

The speaker sessions featured at the Autumn Scientific Convention will be available On Demand through the MOA Learning Center. 

Visit domoa.org/autumn for in person CME registration or to pre-register for the virtual, On Demand sessions starting November 15.

Visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine for the most recent information on the vaccine in Michigan.


Spring CME Sessions On Demand

The Spring CME sessions are available On Demand.
Visit the MOA Learning Center to register and view other On Demand programs. 

2021 Spring CME Program
MOA Learning Center

UPDATES ON COVID-19

 

August 27, 2021
FROM MDHHS

With the increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant and increased hospitalizations among pregnant people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has strengthened their recommendation for pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more susceptible to getting severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. The rise in cases and the increased risk of severe illness for pregnant people make vaccination more urgent than ever. 

“CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people.”

A new CDC analysis of current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry assessed vaccination early in pregnancy and did not find an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriage typically occurs in about 11-16% of pregnancies, and this study found miscarriage rates after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were around 13%, similar to the expected rate of miscarriage in the general population.

Previously, data from three safety monitoring systems did not find any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated late in pregnancy or for their babies. Combined, these data and the known severe risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy demonstrate that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people outweigh any known or potential risks.

Clinicians have seen the number of pregnant people infected with COVID-19 rise in the past several weeks.  The increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant, the low vaccine uptake among pregnant people, and the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant people make vaccination for this population more urgent than ever.

For more information, visit the following resources:

Thank you for all that you do to protect Michiganders from COVID-19.

MDHHS Division of Immunization

Stay up-to-date with the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines at Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.

Please direct Coronavirus (COVID-19) related inquiries to the DHHS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-535-6136.  For the most up-to-date information, facts and FAQs, go to www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus


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

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

The PHYSICIAN PRACTICE COVID-19 PLAYBOOK (link to PDF file)
Video recording of the Developing a Plan to Re-Open Your Practice webinar (link to YouTube video)  

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

CORONAVIRUS HOTLINES
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