The AOA works to provide the osteopathic community with up-to-date information and educational materials on the multitude of regulations physicians must comply with on a daily basis.
Our goal is to help alleviate the regulatory demands that physicians face. The AOA continually monitors the actions of federal agencies, and urges these agencies to reduce regulatory burdens on physicians.
Health Care Quality
In recent years, the issue of health care quality has emerged as a major issue in the health care policy arena. The AOA is a member of the National Quality Forum (NQF), an organization founded to develop and implement a national plan for health care quality measurement and reporting. The AOA works with NQF and other groups such the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on quality issues. We attend briefings, hearings, and meetings and provide written comment as needed.
The AOA continues to monitor education issues of interest to the profession. These include:
Graduate Medical Education – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases the proposed rule each year on the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems which lists the rates for Medicare hospital inpatient services, including those for graduate medical education. The rule often has an impact on training programs. Physicians are encouraged to provide CMS with comments on how proposed changes may affect their programs.
Higher Education Act Reauthorization - The Higher Education Act authorizes the government’s student financial aid programs, which include the major postsecondary grant and loan programs. The AOA provided comments on this issue and will continue to monitor it.
Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring that drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective. Throughout the year, FDA releases proposed rules and requests comments on these issue areas. We encourage physicians to respond to proposed rules which may impact their practice of medicine.