Breaking: American Osteopathic Association (AOA) House of Delegates (HOD) affirms member opposition to use of OCC MOC as condition of licensure, hospital privileges, employment, and insurance reimbursement.
Special thanks to delegates:
Jeff Davis DO
Sheila Page DO
Kelli Ward DO
Sam Urick DO
Leroy Young DO
Here’s our original post with details about what the HOD successfully defeated:
Can you say “tone deaf”? It seems the AOA is not hearing the message that physicians and patients across the U.S. continue to drown in a sea of red tape.
While opposing ObamaCare repeal and replace, the AOA is attempting a repeal and replace of its own.
In a brazen act of self dealing, the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists is sponsoring resolution H-227 at the AOA House of Delegates, currently underway at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Hotel. H-227 would repeal established AOA policy opposing OCC mandates and replace it with the following:
The AOA opposes any efforts to require OCC as a condition for medical licensure, 12 insurance reimbursement or network participation, malpractice insurance coverage or as 13 a requirement for physician employment RESTRICT THE USE OF BOARD CERTIFICATION AS A MARK OF EXCELLENCE, AND SUPPORTS ITS USE BY ENTITIES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND ASSURE THE DELIVERY OF HIGH-QUALITY PATIENT CARE.
Click here for a link to the full resolution.
Here are a few powerful ways you can voice YOUR opposition to this harmful change!
- Use Twitter hashtag to encourage the HOD to oppose H-227.
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Remember: Doctors for America was Doctors for Obama(partisan organization)
Read more: “Both Parties are Responsible for Healthcare Disaster” by Dr. Wax, published in Medical Economics, June 27, 2017 http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/both-political-parties-are-responsible-healthcare-disaster
Marcy Zwelling, MD, Co-Chair of the National Physicians Council for Healthcare Policy, http://npchcp.org/, shares her urgent letter to the United States Senate.
The opportunity to fix our broken healthcare system rests at your feet. You and your republican colleagues should look at this legislative opportunity as your moment in history to step up and do it right.
America’s healthcare delivery system was broken long before the ACA. Returning to a pre-ACA state of affairs should not be your goal. Your efforts should be visionary not reactionary. It’s time you show America’s patients that you are the party of better practical ideas.
Healthcare reform is about designing a system of healthcare delivery that works to maximize access, decrease cost and minimize the regulations that obstruct America’s physicians from doing our job. Continue reading
On June 12, 2017, the U.S. District Court in NJ denied the AOA’s motion to dismiss a suit brought by osteopathic physicians to end the requirement tying AOA dues to the ability to remain board certified.
The lawsuit will continue. Here is the link to the court order:
For more information visit: https://www.duanemorris.com/site/osteopathclassaction.html
IP4PI founder Craig M. Wax, D.O. presents on Capitol Hill at the March 2017 meeting of the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy. Learn more about NPCHP efforts at http://npchcp.org. Read a synopsis of the principles here and view slides here.
CMS released a county-level map of 2018 projected ACA Exchanges participation:
“This map shows that insurance options on the Exchanges continue to disappear. Plan options are down from last year and, in some areas, Americans will have no coverage options on the Exchanges, based on the current data.”
“This is yet another failing report card for the Exchanges. The American people have fewer insurance choices and in some counties no choice at all. CMS is working with state departments of insurance and issuers to find ways to provide relief and help restore access to healthcare plans, but our actions are by no means a long-term solution to the problems we’re seeing with the Insurance Exchanges,” explains CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
Friend of IP4PI Dr. Meg Edison writes in:
Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates was last weekend, Martin Dubravec and I ran around like crazy, testifying in support of 4 anti-MOC resolutions and against a resolution to join the FSMB Compact. The outcome was very successful:
- The delegates reaffirmed strong opposition to the FSMB Compact (making me very happy, since it was my resolution from 2 years ago that we oppose the compact).
- We passed a resolution to engage legal counsel to investigate anti-trust violations against ABMS/insurers/hospitals in Michigan.
- We passed a resolution calling for an end to the direct-to-consumer advertising of the ABMS MOC product.
- We passed a resolution calling for public access to initial board certification status on ABMS websites.
- A resolution asking the AMA to amend their MOC policy to require informed consent from patients before conscripting them into ABMS MOC QI projects was referred to the board for more study, disappointing…but not surprising given how many academics are delegates. Ken Fisher was on the committee that heard this, he fought like mad and got it approved…but the delegates extracted it and referred it to the board on the house floor. Still, the conversation on the ethics of MOC & research was started.
I’ve attached the resolutions (see links embedded in list above) for your future reference if you’d like to share and pass similar resolutions in your state medical societies. I want to point out, it is a small handful of us (me, Martin Dubravec, Ken Fisher). There were no other docs testifying. We don’t need an army to make change…just a few can do this. Yes, it’s a pain to give up a few hours on Saturday, these meetings are confusing and intimidating, but find a friend, become delegates and make this happen.
I’ll add a 6th victory that came from years of getting the right people involved in organized medicine and our House of Delegates…
6.) On the same page as the “Oppose IMLC” resolution attached below, the resolution 24-17 to “study single payer” was “amended” to remove all language on “single payer” and approved with broad language to study all alternative payment models…which includes DPC and other free market innovations. Just 3 years ago, this same body voted to approve single payer…we’ve come a long way.