American Osteopathic Association

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News for the Osteopathic Medical Profession

AOA Seeks DOs for Two Single GME Committees

July 24: Nominations are now being accepted for the Osteopathic Principles Committee (OPC), a new ACGME committee that will oversee standards for osteopathic-focused programs under the single GME system. The AOA is also seeking individuals to serve on the OPC Nominating Task Force. Learn more and apply.

House Votes in Support of Single GME Accreditation System

July 19: Delegates representing the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students voted today to support a decision by the AOA Board of Trustees to pursue a new, single accreditation system for graduate medical education. Read the statement.

AOA House of Delegates to Vote on Policy, Elect Leaders

Members of the AOA House of DelegatesJuly 19: More than 500 delegates are on hand in Chicago for the AOA's Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates. They'll vote to determine the AOA's stance on a wide range of health policy issues and AOA President-elect Robert S. Juhasz, DO, will be inaugurated as president. Read the latest HOD news.

Strategies to Increase our Public Policy Impact

U.S. Capitol buildingJuly 16:  Enhancing the impact of our public policy and advocacy is an important pillar of the AOA's strategic plan. Get details on the goals we've set for increasing member and patient engagement in advocacy, as well as collaborating more with state and specialty affiliates. Read more.

SOMA Members: Submit Abstracts for Research Symposium

Osteopathic medical student studyingJuly 15: If you conducted research as an osteopathic medical student, consider submitting an abstract for the National SOMA Research Symposium by Aug. 18. Approved abstracts will be published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), and prizes will be awarded. Learn more

JAOA Study Links Cervical, Thoracic Somatic Dysfunction

SpineJuly 8: Research published in this month's Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) confirmed a statistically significant association between cervical somatic dysfunction and thoracic somatic dysfunction. Read more.

Medicare Enrollment Required for Part D Subscribers

June 1July 3: Starting June 1, physicians who prescribe medications through Medicare's Part D prescription drug program must be enrolled in Medicare. Find out the goals behind the change and why the AOA and other health care and consumer stakeholder groups were concerned the rule could have unintended consequences for seniors and patients with disabilities. Read more.

UnitedHealthcare Addresses Medicare Advantage Terminations

AOA physician with senior patientJuly 2: After listening to the AOA’s perspective on the negative impact of changes in Medicare Advantage plans that resulted in physician terminations from networks, UnitedHealthcare acknowledged that additional time was needed to notify physicians and patients regarding terminations. Read more.

Recognition Victories in the States

AOA logoJuly 1: In Arkansas, the AOA joined in sending a letter to the state Department of Health regarding proposed changes that did not fully recognize osteopathic certifying and accrediting bodies and AOA postgraduate training. In California, we assisted a member applying for relicensure whose CME was being incorrectly assessed by the state. Read more.

Register with CMS to Review Your Data Before It Goes Public

 AOA physicianJune 25:  As part of the Sunshine Act, data on payments and transfers of value made by pharmaceutical companies to physicians and teaching hospitals will be made available on a public website in September. To review and dispute data reported about you before it's published publicly, be sure to register for the CMS Enterprise Portal. Read more.

AOA Represented at 2014 World Health Assembly

World flagsJune 19: AOA representatives met with international leaders at the World Health Organization's World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Meeting topics included a U.S. college of osteopathic medicine potentially becoming a WHO collaborating center, as well as efforts to obtain practice rights in the countries of Lesotho and Myanmar. Read more.

A New Strategic Vision for Research

ResearcherJune 19: The AOA's goals include establishing new strategic research partnerships, increasing funding sources for osteopathic research, increasing the impact of excellent osteopathic research studies and expanding research on our profession itself. Read more.

Can You Trust Wikipedia for Health Care Questions?

Scientist in labJune 18: If you feel like you're getting sick, your first instinct may be to check out your symptoms on Wikipedia. But a recent study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) found the information there may not always be accurate. Read more.


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