"Navigating your practice through the Change Healthcare disruption"

Cybersecurity threat has implications for e-prescribing, claims submission and processing, pharmacy transactions and payment.

The American Osteopathic Association with updates, information and resources regarding the Change Healthcare disruption that is impacting so many health care groups:

March 27 update

On March 25, HHS, CMS and ASPR compiled health plan contact information for providers seeking answers about flexibility and prospective payment. It is important to note that the document only includes national contacts, and HHS recommends that if practices have a regional point of contact for their health plan, to reach out to them first. In addition to contact information for payment questions, the document includes tools and links from health plans and payers for physicians monitoring the impact of the cyberattack on payment.

During a service disruption update call on March 27, UHG reported that the largest clearinghouse, Relay Exchange, is back online and claims have begun to flow. After receiving a claim, the remittance timeline will depend on the payer.

UHG will provide payer activity updates on the website as payers reconnect. UHG has made progress in adding payer routes throughout the day and reestablishing connections directly with payers. When asked about a timeline for fully reestablishing connections with payers, UHG noted that the process to recertify credentials for a payer is relatively quick, but getting through all the payers will take time.

With the help of a third-party team, UHG is still determining what data was compromised in the attack; no conclusion has been reached on protected health information (PHI) or personally identifiable information (PII) that may have been involved in the attack.

Link to the AOA page devoted to disruption
to Change Healthcare’s network

Take Action: Michigan Senate Bill 279 proposes to expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are actively opposing a bill in the Michigan Senate (S.B. 279) that proposes to expand the scope of practice for nurse practitioners without the necessary increases in education and testing. MOA President Andrew D. Adair, DO, recently sent an advocacy alert email (LINK) encouraging the osteopathic profession to act by sending their state senators an email asking them to oppose this bill. As written this bill could compromise patient safety and the quality of care in Michigan. The MOA continues to emphasize the critical role of osteopathic physicians in maintaining healthcare standards and is advocating for the profession and patient well-being by providing testimony against the bill.

This initiative underscores the MOA's commitment to building a better future for osteopathic physicians and patients by engaging in legislative advocacy. Be sure to join the cause by sending your state senator an email today.

Take Action on SB 279

MATE Act Training to Fulfill DEA Application and Renewal Process

David Neff, DO; David Best, DO, Pamela Lynch, LMSW, CAADC

Meet the new 8-hour training requirement on demand!

The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) and Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) have teamed up to offer Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act training requirements on demand for the treatment and management of patients with opioid and other substance use disorders and to meet the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) one-time, eight-hour training requirement for all DEA registered practitioners.

Effective on June 27, 2023: All DEA-registered and new medical practitioners are required to attest to the completion of the training when renewing or completing an initial registration.

This course qualifies for 9.25 AOA Category 1-A Credits and 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. The DEA training is available for purchase in the online learning center atwww.cmelearningcenter.com, and individual modules are also offered.   

Registration Rates
MOA & MHA Members $149
Non-Members $199
Group discount offered for multiple providers from the same organization:

  • 5-25, $125 per Provider
  • 26-50, $100 per Provider
  • 51-100, $75 per Provider

Please contact MOA for rates for more than 100 providers.

CME Accreditation
The Michigan Osteopathic Association is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. The Michigan Osteopathic Association designates this program for a maximum of 9.25 AOA Category 1-A Credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity. Upon course completion, MOA will submit credits to AOA.

MyMichigan Health is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MyMichigan Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of MyMichigan Health and Michigan Osteopathic Association. Upon course completion, an EEDS link will be provided for MD credit submission.

Physicians have the option to register for full course, that fulfills the DEA requirements, or individual modules. Take advantage of MOA and MHA discount member and group rates by registering at: www.cmelearningcenter.com






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