Friend of IP4PI, Richard Koss, D.O., writes in:
Below is the response from the AOA regarding the recent presidential executive order regarding Medicare.
Well they do make some accurate points towards the end of the letter there are many problems and issues that need to be brought out.
First. The federal government like most of America do not know what a DO or osteopathy is. Since this is a presidential executive order, does the President of the United States even know what osteopathy is? I doubt it! therefore the bureaucrats in Washington DC will not pay attention to this letter.
Second. The AOA does not speak for the 145,000 DO’s in this country. They can only speak for their membership which at this point is below 30% of all DO’s. since the AOA has not brought this information out to the membership and asked for support they cannot speak for any DO at this point. Likewise only 15% of MDs belong to the AMA. And again the AMA cannot speak for the vast majority of physicians in this country. Yet they do.
Third. Where in this response letter does the AOA expound on the difference between allopathic and osteopathic physician’s? And show our superiority in quality, cost containment etc. based on OSTEOPATHIC PRINCIPLES! Where does the AOA champion the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine in the care for seniors.
Interstate licensure Compact…NO!
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
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Guest Post from Gina Reghetti, DO
Osteopathic Continuing Certification, (OCC) isn’t worth a second of my time to even begin to explain how I feel about it.
Everyone knows it is total non-sense mandated upon the Osteopathic Doctors for no other reason then to line the pockets of all of those who push the unproven, non-scientific, not about patient-doctor medical care, socialistic agenda!
I am totally insulted that the American Osteopathic Association, (AOA) would support something so against the Osteopaths’ way of medical practice, and treat grown doctors as if we are all incompetent to know what we should learn.
The AOA is totally on the wrong track! I believe that it has been hijacked by non-American agendas. Continue reading
Since 1888 when the first Osteopath put forth the Principles of Osteopathy and a comprehensive therapeutic program that was much more than puke, purge and blister which was the practice of “Medicine” at that time and as a result was run out of Kansas and went to Kirksville MO where he established the first College of Osteopathy and after 6 years began the American Osteopathic Association which is now in the process of ending the degree of DO and sending all graduates of DO colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to ACGME programs approved by the ABMS and they will certified by the ABMS boards and there will be no more Osteopaths.
I am astounded by the apathy of practicing DO;s and an apparent lack of concern. There are many who think that they should unite with the Allopaths especially in acquiring Board certification. I have been a DO
since 1961 and was a practicing “Internist followed by cardiology and then an MD fellowship in rheumatology completed in 1971. In this time I have been threatened by a malpractice suit 5 times and these were never litigated. I practice rheumatology full time and will do so until my demise. We practice the highest standards of healthcare provision and currently have students rotating from 3 DO schools and 2 MD schools. The
students are astounded by the way we practice as we practice Osteopathy that is far advanced from that which is currently taught at Osteopathic Colleges of Osteopathic medicine. They are seeing patients that revere our way of practice.
We are putting all we can muster in establishing The American Association of Osteopathic Physicians and plan on being Osteopaths in our organization. We have established American Boards of Osteopathic Specialties to provide certification in all specialties. We are interested in how many may join us.
Charles L. Clay DO
Dr. Gina Reghetti shares her thoughts on preserving the practice of osteopathic medicine and formation of an alternative D.O. board:
We must fight the system that wants to change a good thing. Osteopathy needs to stay unchanged, and it needs to be practiced as it was practiced in the past, without insurance involvement because it is the big corporate insurance companies that just couldn’t understand our language so they have attempted to destroy it. Harvard has dealt us serious blows because it’s the allopathic profession that is clueless to the medical practice of Osteopathy, yet they are the ones in positions to judge, and define reimbursement for an area of medicine that they just don’t know. We are not allopathic physicians, and we never will be, and never care to be so we need to stop holding DOs to the same standards as the MDs were trained. We are not trained the same that is why we don’t take the same boards; we are very different!
We must keep our identity especially when big government and national medical organizations are forcing us down one pathway. Continue reading