MOA Supports Gov. Whitmer and MDHHS temporary actions on COVID-19

OKEMOS—The Michigan Osteopathic Association issued the following statement on tonight’s announcement from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Due to recent surges in COVID-19, in Michigan and across the Midwest, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines designed to reduce the spread of the virus.

The statement may be attributed to Jeffrey Postlewaite, DO, FACOOG, President of the Michigan Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees.  

“This is a very important moment in our history and requires Michiganders to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are taking measures to keep our state safe, and the Michigan Osteopathic Association supports the actions outlined in tonight’s announcement. We urge Michigan residents to do their part to protect healthcare workers and each other by washing hands, masking up, maintaining social distance and following these updated guidelines. “

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The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) is the largest statewide osteopathic organization representing osteopathic physicians, interns, residents and medical students in Michigan. Since 1898, the MOA has been dedicated to the promotion of quality patient care and to the educational, informational and legislative needs of its members.


Comments or questions regarding online CME

The Michigan Osteopathic Association has developed an online platform to deliver CME sessions. The Learning Center uses CE21 to manage CME events, offer CME on demand and manage evaluations. We appreciate the patience of our members. Use this form to let us know how we could better communicate and better deliver the CME sessions. 

Thank you to all who have participated. We are always looking to improve. Your input helps. 

Comments or questions regarding CME

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

 

 
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