Upcoming Webinars Tackle PCMH, CMS Quality Progarms
March 10: The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care, CMS quality programs like the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) are just three of the topics that will be covered in the AOA's upcoming practice management webinars. Learn more and register.
AOA, ACGME Agree to Single GME Accreditation System
Feb. 26: The AOA, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education programs in the United States. Learn more and view frequently asked questions.
February ICD-10 Prep: Boost Documentation
Feb. 25: Whether your practice uses paper records, an EHR system or receives significant documentation from external sources, you'll need to be sure your documentation process is ICD-10 friendly. Find out how in this month's ICD-10 implementation article, part of a monthly series on the steps to take now to prepare for the transition. Read more.
Earn CME, Improve Immunization Rates
Feb. 19: Get practical tips for improving adult immunization rates for pneumococcal disease with a new webinar from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The webinar, part of the AOA's Call to Action on Pneumococcal Disease, offers 0.5 credit of AOA Category 1-B CME. Learn more and view the webinar.
Congress to Vote on Physician Payment Reform
Feb. 12: Congress will vote soon on a groundbreaking bill that repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for Medicare physician payment and begins the transition toward a model of care that promotes quality over volume. Learn more and contact your lawmakers in support of the bill.
2014 Osteopathic Match Results Announced
Feb. 10: The majority of participants in the 2014 AOA Match matched into primary care residency programs, reflecting the osteopathic medical profession's longstanding commitment to providing primary care. Family medicine was the largest matched specialty among primary care specialties. Read more.
DOs Weigh In On Mid-Level Providers
Feb. 6: If you're considering hiring nurse practitioners or physician assistants in your practice, check out The DO's recent article exploring the topic. You'll get insights from several DOs and tips on how to determine whether mid-level providers would be a good fit for your practice. Read more.
Study Examines Sleep Troubles Among Active-Duty Personnel
Jan. 31: In an article in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, R. Gregory Lande, DO, examines the effects of sleep problems on active-duty service members. Among other findings, the study noted that participants who reported higher levels of post-traumatic stress also scored higher on indices for sleep apnea and other respiratory disturbances. Read more.
Advocacy Yields Recognition of Profession
Jan. 24: DOs who hold certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AOBOG) will now be eligible for entry at the full member level in the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO). Learn more about this cooperative advocacy effort.