The Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association is a voice for osteopathic physicians in Iowa. There are over 1,000 osteopathic physicians licensed in Iowa. There are approximately 61,000 D.O.s in the United States practicing in all areas of medicine from neurology to sports medicine to dermatology to emergency medicine.
As complete physicians, D.O.s are able to prescribe medication and perform surgery. In addition, D.O.s have added training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), a hands-on treatment tool that they can use to diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. OMT can be used in conjunction with and sometimes in place of medication or surgery to restore mobility and function.
The Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association is located at 950 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. The phone number is 515-283-0002 and fax is 515-283-0355.
|AOA/ACGME ANNOUNCEMENT OF AGREEMENT FOR UNIFIED RESIDENCY ACCREDITATION SYSTEM
An event of historic implications took place last week with the announcement of an agreement between the AOA and ACGME to have a single Graduate Medical Accreditation system. There are many questions yet unanswered by our Osteopathic leaders from the AOA. A press release and FAQ’s can be reviewed at http://www.osteopathic.org/inside-aoa/Pages/ACGME-single-accreditation-system.aspx. Leah and I listened in on a Town Hall Meeting hosted last evening by the AOA and AACOM for osteopathic medical students, interns, and residents. Quite honestly, there are not a lot of details known or worked out. I have sent a request to AOA for a Town Hall Meeting for osteopathic state society leaders and would like your input. If you could submit your questions and comments to IOMA’s Executive Director, Leah McWilliams, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (515) 283-0355. This is a critical time in the history of osteopathic medicine, and we need your input in order to represent our membership appropriately at important upcoming meetings. Tammy Chance, D.O. IOMA President
|Verifying Patient Coverage in a Health Insurance Marketplace Plan
It is the beginning of the New Year and you’ll be verifying your patient’s insurance status when they show up in your office. With the beginning of the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as Health Insurance Exchange, over a million people will have a new insurance plan. In many cases, this will be the first time they have had insurance in years. Many of these people will have signed up for their plan within the past few days. They may not have received their card yet or they may be unaware of the need to carry their insurance information. You may find your office needing to verify their coverage.
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|Support Continues for Discussions on Unified Accreditation System for GME
Over the last 18 months, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have been exploring the possibility of a new unified graduate medical education (GME) accreditation system with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The AOA and AACOM announced during the AOA’s Annual Business Meeting, held July 16-21, 2013, that to date they have been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement with ACGME on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a unified graduate medical education accreditation system. However, the AOA and AACOM remain open to continued discussions with the ACGME.