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.
Webinar Highlights Recent Changes to EHR Incentive Program
Oct. 20: If you're participating in the CMS EHR Incentive Program, mark your calendar for a Nov. 3 webinar on the program's requirements for this year. CMS is allowing physicians to use EHR technology from 2011, 2014, or a combination of both to meet meaningful use requirements. In addition, the deadline to apply for a hardship exemption has been extended to Nov. 30, 2014. Read more.
DOs in Africa: 'We Feel We're Making a Big Difference'
Oct. 17: Practicing in developing countries in Africa brings health concerns, say six osteopathic physicians recently profiled in The DO, but the benefits outweigh the risks. From Sierra Leone to Kenya and Malawi, learn about these DOs' work and the challenges they and their patients face. Read more.
AOA Voices Concerns Over Sunshine Act Data
Sept. 29: In anticipation of tomorrow's release of data on financial interactions as part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, the AOA continues to voice concerns over the reports being made public without physicians being allowed ample time to review their data. Read more and find out what you need to know about the Sunshine Act.
Fitness a Priority for AOA, President's Council
Sept. 24: The annual member meeting of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition provided the chance for DOs and AOA leaders to engage with key stakeholders on the difference DOs make in health care, as well as osteopathic physicians' commitment to helping patients achieve healthy lifestyles. Read more and view photos from the event.
AOA Advocates for SGR Repeal in DC
Sept. 19: AOA President Robert S. Juhasz, DO, and a delegation of DOs and AOA leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to ask members of Congress to continue work on reforming the Medicare sustainable growth rate. Find out how you can help.
West Africa Ebola Outbreak: Opportunities to Serve
Sept. 17: Physicians are needed to aid in response efforts to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Most volunteer opportunities involve a six- or eight-week time commitment. Organizations seeking volunteers include Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Partners in Health and USAID. Learn more.
FDA Approves REMS Modification for Victoza
Sept. 16: The FDA has announced a modification to the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for injectable liraglutide, prescribed for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus under the brand name Victoza. Learn more.