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After much deliberation, the Michigan Osteopathic Association is canceling the Autumn CME in-person event and will transition to a virtual platform offering 23 AOA Category 1-A credits or 23 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM, on November 15. While the numbers in terms of vaccinations look promising, our concern for the health of the members, speakers and staff, as well as their families, is our main concern. 

While the MOA is extremely disheartened in postponing a chance for our members to meet, the unknowns of the situation and the fact that the MOA represents physicians, some of whom are still battling COVID-19 in their hospitals and practices, weighed heavily on the decision. 

For Autumn CME opportunities, we will offer the same speakers and sessions that were planned for the in-person event in an On Demand platform. Visit www.domoa.org/autumn for registration. As the fees for in-person and virtual registrations were the same, no fee adjustments will be necessary. Those who have registered for the in-person event will have their registration automatically transferred to the On Demand version. Refunds will be available upon request. Simply call, 517/347-1555, ext.100. 

Our Spring Scientific Convention is already being planned for 2022 in Southfield, Michigan, and we are eager to once again meet in person. 

Thank you to all of our members for your patience as we navigate these challenging times. 

Kris Nicholoff
CEO/Executive Director
Michigan Osteopathic Association


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

 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021 - FROM MDHHS

Please review the important updates below for COVID-19 vaccine products.

GENERAL PRODUCT UPDATES

  • All COVID-19 vaccines will continue to come with ancillary supplies.
    • All Moderna orders will receive double ancillary shipments with each order to support booster administrations. Moderna 10/Moderna 14 orders approved by MDHHS from Friday October 22nd onward will have double ancillary supplies. Orders created prior to that time, even if they have not yet delivered, will contain a 1:1 ratio of vaccine to ancillary supplies.
  • The Product Information Guide for COVID-19 Vaccines and Associated Products is being updated to include new vaccines (Pfizer Ped 5-11) and new ancillaries for administration of Pfizer Pediatric vaccine.
  • CDC’s redistribution tool for ancillary supplies (Ancillary Redistribution Gadget for Healthcare Workers, or A.R.G.H.) is being updated to include all new products as well.
    • Utilize this excel tool to help assure all the syringes, needles, supplies, and diluent needed for vaccine administration move with vaccine during redistribution.
    • This tool is posted on our website and will be updated once the newest version becomes available.
  • Please update VaccineFinder public display to ensure families can easily locate vaccine.

PFIZER

ADULT/ADOL Pfizer (Ages 12+)

  • In preparation for pediatric launch, adult-adol ordering will be temporarily suspended this week. Please order what you need, but do NOT overstock (especially as we enter the Holiday Season). 
    • Suspension Timeline: Ordering of adult-adol Pfizer (product for 12 years+) will be paused at 2pm on Thursday October 28th. This refers to the time when the order needs to be at the MDHHS level. Ordering of this product will resume on Thursday November 4th. 

PEDIATRIC (Ages 5 through 11 years)

  • Pre-orders are complete. Thank you for all who have submitted pre-orders. As a reminder of delivery timeframes anticipated, attached is the ordering guidance shared previously.
  • Ordering is expected to resume Tuesday November 9th and order quantities will shift to 100-dose minimum orders rather than the 300-dose pre-orders
  • It is critical for all providers receiving pediatric doses to report inventory in VaccineFinder so parents and caretakers know where they can take children to get vaccinated.
  • Additional order information will be shared as it becomes available.

MODERNA

  • A separate email is being disseminated specific to Moderna vaccine due to the length of updates specific to this product. This separate Moderna email discusses booster recommendations as well as important updates regarding inventory reporting, waste reporting, and the latest information known for expiration extensions.

JANSSEN (JOHNSON & JOHNSON/J&J)

  • J&J remains available for ordering.
  • Please be sure to update Vaccine Finder upon receipt of J&J shipments.

Reminders for Reporting Waste in MCIR

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Providers must report all wastage in the MCIR (doses which are broken, expired, drawn not used, etc.).To do so, providers must enter transactions in the MCIR Outbreak inventory as well as ensure submission of the COVID Return/Wastage Report in MCIR.
  • A tip sheet has been developed for waste reporting guidance in MCIR: How to Create and Submit a COVID Return/Waste Report

If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

Thank you,

MDHHS Division of Immunization

Thank you,

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