UPDATE: AOA BOS fails to gut HOD policy opposing OCC MOC Mandates

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!

  1. Use Twitter hashtag  to encourage the HOD to oppose H-227.
  2. Tweet your opposition to @AOAforDOs.
  3. Retweet this Tweet:

 

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We cannot give in.

Dr. Gina Reghetti responds to the events at last week’s AOA House of Delegates meeting in Chicago where the HOD approved the GME merger and brazenly blocked a resolution in opposition to OCC/MOL.

Unbelievable!

They are cowards. They all go with the flow in fear of consequences that would threaten their medical licenses. What good is it being a doctor when non-doctor providers practice medicine and are not bound by the same laws as doctors? We aren’t permitted to do anything anymore due to government and insurance regulations, and now the powers are fighting to take away self-pay for medical services.

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AOA HOD Delegates afraid to speak up. Why?

One cry from several peers on the floor of the HOD at AOA this week was where was the support from within. People were afraid to stand up for their rights because they “get silenced while speaking, cut off by chairs that use Robert’s Rules to funnel dissent to the sidelines indefinitely or terminate discussions so that members are not permitted to explore the issues more fully”. Once their opposition has been registered ” They are often not invited back to sit as delegates.” In that environment compromise is not an option.

In order to have an organized mechanism we need to make a space available where people can speak freely and not have their opinions subject to scrutiny by their national organizations. “There are multiple examples of our professional organizations actually working toward academic censure over the past 20 years with individuals who speak out against current policy.”

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