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At the MOA, we are here to serve our members. From the veterans of the osteopathic profession, to a first year practitioner or an up and coming medical student, we are here to provide you with a network of DO's to connect with and learn from.

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Updates: Support during COVID-19 and beyond

The MOA works to support physicians and the communities they serve. Here are some of the efforts the MOA has made during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Developed a Physician Practice COVID-19 Playbook along with a video on the 10 Steps of COVID-19 and Preparing to Return to Work
- Created COVID-19 section on our website inclusive of COVID-19 updates, Practice Section with resources on telehealth, coding, and finances, along with a Physician Wellness section to support individual members
- Instituted online forms for physicians, PA’s, and nurses to submit COVID-19 hours worked to earn AOA Category 1-B credits
- Created COVID-19 webinars, including developing a reopening plan, documenting telemedicine and training your team
- Provided hands-on training and support, developed and shared resources for our physicians using telemedicine
- Transitioned in-person conference to a virtual platform; live-streaming 16 hours of CME credit sessions with over 500 attendees
- Continued planning of online virtual sessions through 2020
- PPE Care Packages delivered to members and electronic PPE catalog created on the MOA website
- COVID-19 Newsletter created for our component groups
- Virtually hosted the MOA House of Delegates
- Secured Emily Hurst, DO, to present at the PPRAC meeting regarding her firsthand experience of working through COVID -19, expressing the emotions of all of our front-line members to BCBSM, MHA and physician leaders

Other updates:
- International in scope with the availability of the Fulford Percussion Course that has an international audience
- Developed CME courses to help physicians meet Michigan osteopathic licensing requirements, and working with MI LARA to answer your questions
- Collaborated with American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) to provide OMT Training for physicians
- Joined forces with MHA and MSMS to promote the Economic Impact of Healthcare in Michigan
- Continuing to partner with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Created Online Learning Center to offer online CMEs year-round to members, now has over 23 category 1-A credits of online CME available on-demand - Added Healthcare Credentialing Services to Health Care Partners of Michigan, our Physician Organization, run by DO physicians
- Beginning with the MOA Autumn 2020 Conference, MOA will be offering AMA credits in addition to AOA credits as a benefit to our residents. Now, under ACGME our residents can choose to take MD or DO Boards. Those who choose to take MD Boards will require AMA credits

Legislative Engagement
Our legislative engagement team works tirelessly to ensure our elected state officials are informed on some of the most pressing issues facing our state and the healthcare industry. This includes issues like:
- Policy issues, such as: Vaccinations (working with the Parent Information Network), Prior Authorization (ApproveMy Care campaign), Surprise billing advocacy, No-Fault Insurance, Scope of Practice, MAPS/Opioid regulations, Stopping Human Trafficking, Access to Primary Care, Long term care insurance for auto injuries, “MI Insurance Promise” (in partnership with CPAN), Maintenance of Certification, Fighting Human Trafficking, Interoperability/Prior Authorization, Student Loan Repayment issues and Medicaid Reform. As the legislative landscape changes the MOA is working to support our physicians and their patients.
- MOA is collaborating with several stakeholder groups and the Governor’s office for– “Spread Hope, Not COVID”— a public education campaign to unite Michiganders on a common mission to safely reopen the state and keep it open.

Statewide Influence and Leadership
Through relationships with strategic partners, health professional associations, legislators and administrative officials, the MOA has been successful in recommending many of our member physicians to external, statewide leadership positions. The MOA also participates in many coalitions/collaborations to advance the MOA cause and support our members:
- Treatment Court and Healthcare Professional Collaboration
- Michigan Healthcare Stakeholder Opioid Stewardship Collaborative
- MOA Safe Opioid Use Task Force
-MHS Opioid Stewardship Collaborative
- Collaborated and partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to host May COVID-19 webinar
- Collaborated with independent PO’s to seek partnership and promotion of MOA members.

What We DO

Here are some of the values the MOA offers members: 

  • Connections: The MOA serves as the professional family for DO's in Michigan— connecting colleagues, providing assistance and promoting osteopathic medicine in the community.
  • Continuing Medical Education: MOA is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to offer nearly 50 AOA Category 1-A CME credits each year on a wide range of relevant medical topics, including AOA certified specialty credits. MOA members receive CME at a substantial discount for Spring and Autumn Conventions. Other CME opportunities are listed on the Calendar of Events
  • Advocacy: The Michigan Osteopathic Association serves as your voice before the state legislature, when communicating with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and insurance carriers. We represent the osteopathic profession in Michigan.
  • Leadership Development: Serve on one of MOA’S Committees to become directly involved your profession, help write health policies and shape the future of healthcare.
  • Public Relations: The MOA informs the public, other healthcare colleagues, business and legislators of the importance of osteopathic medicine. On community health issues, the MOA works to shape policy and participate in awareness campaigns that directly affect the health of Michigan residents.
  • Staff Assistance: The MOA staff are available to answer your questions as well as assist in issues affecting your medical practice and profession. You can find a particular staff person on the MOA Team page, or use the general Contact Form, or call 517/347-1555.
  • Member Benefits & Resources: Office and financial services, car rentals, subscriptions, cellular phone services and other great services are all available at discounted rates for members. Resources also include a New Physician's Guide to the Future, OMT Coding & Billing guide, It's what we DO and Emergency Medical Record cards.
  • Insurance: MOA members and their staff can participate in various Insurance programs including Health, Vision Services Plan, Delta Dental options, medical malpractice, professional liability, long/short-term disability, group and individual options, with flexible programs that offer quality products at competitive rates. 
  • Communication: The MOA weekly e-newsletter, MOA Pulse, the quarterly journal TRIAD, the MOA Facebook and Twitter platforms, as well as the MOA website, keep you connected on healthcare issues that impact your profession and the communities you serve.