Osteopathic Medical Profession Gets Prominent Media Coverage
July 30: The rapid expansion of osteopathic medicine got a write-up in The New York Times this week, with the article noting that nearly a quarter of all medical school graduates attended osteopathic medical schools. In addition, Modern Healthcare interviewed AOA President Robert S. Juhasz about the goals of the AOA's strategic plan. Read more.
AOA Supports Institute of Medicine Recommendations for GME
July 30: A recent Institute of Medicine report singled out the AOA and the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for their work in developing a single accreditation system for all graduate medical education (GME) programs in the U.S. The report urges additional reforms to federal funding for physician training to better address national health care needs. Read the AOA's full statement on the report.
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
July 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
July 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
July 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
July 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
July 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
July 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
July 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.