I had a student who wanted to create an app for PAs and NPs with counterstrain positioning, codes, and paymehts electronic records and insurance coding send all rolled into one so non-DOs can use and code for OMT(osteopathic manual treatment).
As his teacher, I was more than a little disappointed. This ‘all you gotta do’ attitude and get rich quick off creating an osteopathic app was shallow and disrespectful of Osteopathic practices and I refused to participate. As a D.O., our students get 1000 extra hours of osteopathic principles, practices and treatment experience than our other physician colleagues. We are in a period where this type activity will increase and trivialize the value of OMT if THIS is what it comes to mean. By sheer volume this over simplified version of OMT could become what they think it IS. This is dangerous and we should issue policy and position statements carefully as a profession.
I knew this type activity was in the works, so I am not surprised, but I am a little dismayed that THIS is what has come to Osteopathy.
Carlisle Holland, D.O.
Sebastopol, California 95472
Holonomics are the Principles of Integrative Medicine
Open letter to patients, physicians and lawmakers from Sharon S. Jellinek M.D.,
This is the first letter I have ever written to a political figure and I pray that someone on your staff will bring this letter to your attention.
I have been a physician for close to 30 years. I am a second-generation pediatrician struggling to keep an independent solo practice alive. Not one politician has addressed what I feel is the major threat to health care…the physician-patient relationship. Without this, there is no quality of care no matter what you do. Physician patient relationships require time with the patient. Most of my diagnosis is derived from my patient-parent interview and a “hands on exam” of the child. You cannot possibly read a cookbook of medical questions and treatments and have the same result. The current insurance treadmill model of primary care makes this impossible. There is a hemorrhaging exodus of well-trained physicians unwilling to jeopardize this patient relationship. Continue reading →
Your AOA dues are hard at work promoting the Interstate Medical License Compact. This will mean mandatory certification for all new graduates before obtaining a license. And the claim that OCC isn’t required for licensure through the Compact is pure smokescreen. Does the AOA underestimate the intelligence of its members? Or perhaps AOA staff overestimates their own?
Is OCC required for licensure through the Compact? “The answer to this question is ‘no,'” states the Commission. Yet a few sentences later they explain, “a physician must demonstrate current certification to be eligible for licensure via the Compact.”
Except for “grandfathers,” osteopathic physicians must pay in time and dollars for OCC compliance if they want to maintain their certification. OCC IS required for Compact participation. Q.E.D. Continue reading →
FYI, read the article about sunshine laws and my response copied below to the Trumbull County Ohio Tribune Chronicle regarding what happened to me. Let’s see if they publish it! So sick of the cover-up corruption everywhere.
I read the article in the Tribune Chronicle, “Officials need more focus on sunshine laws” today on January 17, 2016, and I agree that more emphasis must be placed on the rules that are established through Ohio’s Sunshine Laws, and the laws must be enforced.
I am a victim of the Champion Township Trustees’ Special Meeting of 10-30-2012 in which two of the trustees, Bob Farmer and Jeff Hovanic, along with Champion Township Zoning Attorney Mark Finamore, attempted to harm my livelihood in an illegal attempt to re-zone my commercial property to residential without my knowledge. Former Trustee Bill Templeton openly records all of their public meetings and gave me a copy of their three-hour CD for my legal counsel. Continue reading →
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Two decades ago, I admitted a patient to the Intensive Care Unit for a heart attack. His children were grown, and he looked forward to retirement purchasing an RV to relax and travel the country with his wife.
Invasive cardiac technology had not evolved, so he remained in the ICU on intravenous medication to control his symptoms. On the fifth hospital day, his wife brought a letter from the insurance company denying any further payment in the unit. His conversation the next two days centered around this letter, and as you suspect, the stress exacerbated his heart attack and he died. Continue reading →