COVID-19 Webinar with Gov. Whitmer

To MOA Members: 
The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will be hosting a COVID-19 Update webinar with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer where she will provide an update on COVID-19 issues and answer questions from MOA Board Member Dr. Emily Hurst and MOA President Dr. Jeffrey Postlewaite. 
The webinar will be Tuesday, August 18, 11:30-12 Noon
Registration will be required for this Zoom webinar.

Register for the COVID-19 Update Webinar
with Gov. Whitmer

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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

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

Prior Authorization Reform 

The Michigan State Senate has recently held to committee hearings regarding prior authorization. SB 612 will go a long way towards easing the confusion and delays providers and patients encounter due to prior authorization requirements. The MOA urges our members and supporters to take action. Use the links on this page to review the issue. Then, contact your legislators and let them know you support SB 612. Our patients deserve timely care and as physicians, we can use more time to treat our patients and less time dedicated to navigating complex requirements.
Be sure to share the link to “” with friends and colleagues. Your support is greatly appreciated.
- Craig Glines, DO, MSBA, FACOOG
President Michigan Osteopathic Association

Restrictive prior authorization requirements often force patients to delay much-needed care and put a strain on the physician-patient relationship. These requirements also put a strain on a physician's practice - requiring additional administrative work to get important procedures and prescriptions approved for patients. That means more money going towards administrative work instead of patient care. 

That's why we need you to reach out to your State Senators and ask them to support Michigan Senate Bill 612. This legislation would go a long way toward streamlining the prior-authorization process by making it more transparent and creating strict timelines for approval. The bill achieves this goal by requiring insurers to: 

- Post prior-authorization requirements on their public website. These requirements should be described in detail, use easily understandable language, and be based on peer-reviewed clinical review criteria. 

- Post statistics regarding prior-authorization on their website.

- Ensure that any adverser determination is made by a licensed physician who practices in the same specialty as the provider who would normally perform or prescribe the treatment in question.

- Respond to "urgent" requests within 24 hours and "non-urgent" requests within 48 hours. If requests are not responded to in that time frame they are considered granted 

Michigan Senate Bill 612 will not solve every problem associated with prior authorization, but it will go a long way to alleviating the burden it places on your practice and your patients. Write your Senator today and ask them to support SB 612!


Be heard

Prior Authorization requirements and step therapy can delay medical procedures and cause complications in patient access to quality care. As a physician, health care provider, patient or family of a patient, if you have experienced delay or denial of medical care due to insurance requirements we want you to be heard. If you would like to share your story—either in writing, audio or video—we want to hear from you. 

Share your story of delayed healthcare




UPDATE Feb. 6, 2020:
The  hearings on SB 612 by the Senate Committee on Health Policy & Human Services have been very successful in educating the committee members and public about the challenges with current prior authorization and its impact on access to health care. Patients have shared compelling personal stories on how these current practices are delaying and denying care.  We hope continued patient stories will move the needle for successful discussions and negotiations in the coming weeks.
- Kevin McKinney, MOA Governmental Liaison

Load the Text Version Load the PDF Version SUMMARY OF INTRODUCED BILL IN COMMITTEE (Date Completed: 1-29-20)
This document analyzes: SB0612
Contact Your Legislator regarding SB 612





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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