11 critical questions on AOA sharing data with FSMB

Emailed to AOA officers May 12, 2013
USPS certified mail received by AOA June 03, 2013.
No formal reply to either as of Nov.15, 2013

Dear Drs. Stowers, Vinn, Levine and Crosby,

In this week’s DO update email, it was mentioned that AOA is releasing “data” on certification to FSMB. Thanks to John for making the AOA’s plans and actions clear on a daily basis. The information, though, was missing significant detail on this new recurring event commitment. Please answer the following questions, point by point, in detail for the DO membership, perhaps in a publication or email:

11 critical questions on AOA releasing certification data to FSMB:
1. At what AOA general membership meeting was it voted upon to begin reporting DOs certification data to the FSMB?

2. What data is being shared, were personal identifiers removed, and how was it collected?

3. Did the AOA ask permission of the profession to release the data?

4. Does the AOA realize this action may have adverse consequences for its DO members in good faith?

5. Many DO members are opposed to OCC/MOC. Does the AOA know how many? Have they published the numbers? Why is the AOA pursuing it?

6. Many DO members are opposed to MOL in the proposed form. Does the AOA know how many? Have they published the numbers? Why is the AOA pursuing it?

7. What AOA centered research has been published that clearly validates the need to change the current re-certification process and continuing education process? Of these which have proven a connection that is clearly defining an improvement in practice standards and separately an improvement in patient outcomes?

8. How much money does or will the AOA make from OCC/MOC leading to MOL?

9. What right does the AOA have to violate DOs personal civil and professional rights by reporting data to licensure boards?

10. What right does the AOA have to negotiate anything for non-members?

11. What is the opt out process and has the AOA made DOs aware of it?

Best wishes for good health,

Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
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9 key questions about AOA sharing data with FSMB

Dear Drs. Stowers, Vinn & Crosby,

In last night’s DO update email, it was mentioned that AOA is releasing “data” on certification to FSMB. Thanks to John for making the AOA’s plans and actions clear on a daily basis. The information, though, was missing significant detail on this new recurring event commitment. Please answer the following questions, point by point, in detail for the DO membership, perhaps in a publication or email:

1. At what AOA general membership meeting was it decided to begin reporting DOs certification data to the FSMB?

2. What data is being shared, were personal identifiers removed, and how was it collected?

3. Does the AOA realize this action may have adverse consequences for its DO members in good faith?

4. Many DO members are opposed to OCC/MOC. Why is the AOA pursuing it?

5. Many DO members are opposed to MOL. Why is the AOA pursuing it?

6. How much money does the AOA make from OCC/MOC leading to MOL?

7. Did the AOA ask permission of the profession to release the data?

8. What right does the AOA have to violate DOs civil and professional rights by reporting data to licensure boards?

9. What is the opt out process and has the AOA made DOs aware of it?

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
Corresponding author for DOs COMITT

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AOA shares verification data with FSMB

From AOA Daily Email May 10, 2913

Partnership with FSMB to Share Data

TheAOA and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) have entered into an agreement to cooperate by sharing data for the benefit of the osteopathic medical profession. Under the agreement, medical and osteopathic licensing boards will have better information about a DO’s AOA board certification, as will members of the public who use the FSMB’s DocInfo service, which currently only lists ABMS board certification. Aggregate information about DOs will also go into the FSMB’s periodic physician census reports to give health officials a more accurate picture of DOs’ impact on the physician workforce. The FSMB is providing the AOA with information to help establish that Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC) participants meet the requirements of OCC Component 1, holding a valid unrestricted license to practice medicine in one of the 50 states.

AOA takes position against psychologist prescription rights in NJ

Dear Dr. Wax:

The AOA has been tracking the New Jersey legislation you referenced that would provide prescribing rights for psychologists.  Senate Bill 137 and its companion piece, Assembly Bill 2419, would empower the State Board of Psychological Examiners to grant prescriptive authority to psychologists without requiring psychologists to attain a level of competency equivalent to psychiatrists. The AOA believes that this expansion in psychologists’ scope of practice is inappropriate. Working with the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (NJAOPS) and the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP), a joint letter was sent opposing SB 137 on February 28 when it was heard in the Senate Commerce Committee. The bill has not been voted out of that committee.

We are also aware that Assembly Bill 2419 recently passed out of the Assembly. If this bill gets a hearing in the Senate, we will send another joint letter with NJAOPS and the ACONP opposing the bill. We are also coordinating advocacy efforts on this issue with the American Medical Association, the New Jersey Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association through the Scope of Practice Partnership.

Sincerely,

John

John B. Crosby, JD

Executive Director

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Medical Society State of New York Passes Resolutions Opposing MOC and MOL

At the April 2013 Medical Society State of New York House of Delegates meeting, the following MOC/MOL resolutions were adopted.

Maintenance of Licensure (MOL):

RESOLVED, That MSSNY oppose any efforts by the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to require the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) maintenance of licensure (MOL) program as a condition of medical licensure.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC):

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