COVID-19UPDATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATIONS:

3 Steps for Health Care Professionals to participate in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program - LINK

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Preparation Checklist & Resource Toolkit - LINK 

MARCH 29, 2021—FROM MICHIGAN HEALTH ALERT NETWORK:
Michigan has prioritized vaccine allocation with an emphasis on protecting people at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness and ensuring the continuing functioning of the health care system and essential services in the community. We look forward to being able to vaccinate everyone who wants a vaccine as supply increases. Until then, it is important to continue to ensure our most vulnerable residents are protected first.

Vaccine providers should continue to prioritize individuals who belong to the earlier priority groups. This includes front line essential workers (e.g., health care, school and child care, corrections), long-term care residents and staff, older adults (aged 50+), individuals who live in congregate care settings, and individuals age 16 years and older with disabilities and high-risk medical conditions.

Providers should consider an individual’s risk of exposure due to employment or vulnerability to severe disease in determining how to schedule appointments.

Vaccine providers with the capacity to vaccinate all individuals ages 16 years and older may do so in accordance with the COVID-19 Vaccination Prioritization Guidance: “By April 5, 2021, all areas of the state may, as vaccine supplies are available, implement vaccination of all people aged 16 and up who were not previously eligible.” Therefore, providers who have the capacity and vaccine availability can vaccinate persons age 16 years and older at this time.

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

MOA COVID-19 Updates and Resource page

COVID-19 Vaccination Information: Provider Registration Form

If you are planning on providing COVID-19 immunization in your practice there is a form to complete. Prior to completing the Provider Registration Form (COVID) you must have a MCIR number. We can assist you in completing the COVID Provider form which is available online. Here is the link:
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/SAMPLE_Site_Provider_Registration_CDC_COVID-19_Vaccination_Site-Provider_Registration_708200_7.pdf


2021 Bylaw Changes

Bylaw changes for 2021 House of Delegates are available on the 2021 Bylaw Changes webpage and as a downloadable PDF file. Member login required. 

2021 Bylaw Changes page

MOA House of Delegates: Update

With the safety and health of members, the public and staff in mind, the Michigan Osteopathic Association has again opted for a virtual Spring Convention and House of Delegates. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021
9 am - 12 pm
Virtual Meeting

If you are signed up to serve as a delegate, please ensure you are registered to receive meeting access by clicking this link.
Review proposed Resolutions & Bylaw changes. Each Component will be asked to assign a spokesperson to present amendments during the meeting. www.domoa.org/hod

Delegates will receive a packet in the mail which will include a copy of the resolutions, the agenda and various other meeting documents. If you have not received a packet by May 10, please contact [email protected].


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