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Dear Michigan DO community and DO medical students:

Recently, and as noted by the American Osteopathic Association below, the tenets, expertise and motivations of the entire osteopathic medical profession were called into question by several major news outlets, both in print and social media, over the past week. This dissemination of misinformation not only appears to question the intentions of a small group of journalists, but also tarnishes those in the media who strive to present unbiased health and medical information.

Certainly, we stand side-by-side with the swift actions of the AOA, AACOM, as well as all DOs and professional partners to help educate those who are misinformed about our profession and refute those who seek to undermine a 130-year tradition of providing compassionate and holistic care to the nation and state of Michigan. We specifically appreciate the AOA’s rapid response and their multi-faceted efforts to “set the record straight.”

On behalf of the thousands of DO medical students, residents, fellows and physicians in Michigan, we at the Michigan Osteopathic Association and the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine similarly are working rapidly to address and rebut questions or concerns that may be arising from these recent and unfortunate, short-sighted events. Please let us know if you are being adversely affected.

Meanwhile, we note the multiple actions, interventions and corrections that already have taken place, with more likely to come as summarized by the AOA notification below. Please also note that many of our professional colleagues in the allopathic, nursing and other health professions also have stepped up to dispel the misinformation and short-sighted notions of a few.

Please let them know we appreciate their support during these tumultuous and divisive times.

Jeffrey Postlewaite, DO, FACOOG, MBA  Kris Nicholoff           Andrea Amalfitano, DO, PhD
MOA President MOA CEO   Dean, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine

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) 


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


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