Physician Payment Reform Update
Dec. 10: The AOA has advocated steadily for Congress to enact permanent, meaningful reform of the Medicare physician payment system. Although it seems likely that this legislation may not be enacted into law before the 113th Congress adjourns, the AOA believes that Congressional leadership can still bring this legislation to a vote. Take a few moments to contact your members of Congress today.
Participating in OCC and the PQRS? This Incentive's For You
Dec. 3: Participating in osteopathic continuous certification and the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) could earn you an extra 0.5% incentive payment for your 2014 Medicare/Medicaid claims through the PQRS Maintenance of Certification Program (MOCP). Read more.
Know Your Medicare Participation Options for 2015
Nov. 25: Preview the implications of being a Medicare-participating physician, a Medicare non-participating physician, or opting out of the program altogether in 2015. The deadline to change your status from participating to non-participating or vice versa is Dec. 31, 2014. Read more.
Take Action Now on Medicare Payment Reform
Nov. 24: There's not much time left this year for Congress to permanently repeal Medicare's flawed physician payment system. The legislation will provide relief from the annual threat of cuts and significantly reduce penalties under reporting programs like meaningful use and the Physician Quality Reporting System. Ask your lawmakers to take a vote on this important issue.
The Latest Immunization Recommendations
Nov. 20: Tips on administering vaccines against influenza, rabies and human papillomavirus (HPV) are among the latest recommendations from the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Learn more about the news and best practices shared at the ACIP's latest meeting.
Disaster Response: How to Prepare for the Worst
Nov. 18: George N. Smith, DO, helped lead disaster response efforts in West, Texas, last year after a fertilizer plant explosion. To be prepared, he advised, it's important to conduct staff drills and establish an emergency communications plan. Dr. Smith also noted that his training as part of a Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) was extremely valuable in guiding his response to the disaster. Read more.
AOA, VA Partner to Increase GME Spots at VA Facilities
Nov. 6: Over the next five years, the Department of Veterans Affairs aims to create 1,500 graduate medical education positions at its medical facilities. As part of this effort, the VA and the AOA are teaming up to create new residency programs and ensure that established residencies have enough positions. Read more.
Emerging Infections: The Cauldron of Medicine, Mobility and Media
Oct. 30: Communication, vaccination and personal protection are key tools for DOs in preventing infectious diseases like influenza, measles, Ebola, and West Nile virus. Robert Orenstein, DO, editor in chief of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), explains how to prepare for these emerging threats. Read the editorial.
Ebola: New Updates From the CDC
Oct. 24: The AOA continues to monitor CDC updates, tools and resources available to help physicians and patients take precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. Find detailed guides for health care workers, factsheets on signs and symptoms, timelines and information for travelers. Read more.
AOA Committed to Helping DOs Innovate Their Practices
Oct. 23: The Department of Health and Human Services announced today that over $800 million in practice transformation grants will be available to help advance delivery system reforms. As a longtime supporter of innovative models of patient care, including the patient-centered medical home, the AOA applauds this news. Read more.