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Opioid Epidemic
  Renew Your Membership   Guide to Coding & OMT
  Annual Convention
Fall Seminar   PMP Prescriber Mandate   Birdies for Charity   DO Day at the Legislature
Call for Resolutions
  Dinner with Doctors
  Health Summit
  Vaccine News


Opioid Epidemic – Critical Policy Changes Underway

Since Governor Ducey‘s Declaration of Emergency was declared on June 5, 2017, there have been nearly 3,000 opioid overdoses, 12% of them fatal, reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS). Consequently, DHS has taken unprecedented actions to implement programs and comprehensive policies to address the root causes of the opioid epidemic.

We strongly encourage physicians to visit the DHS Opioid Epidemic webpage for important updates, resources, and information about new physician requirements that have been enacted and new ones being considered.

If you are a physician working in a healthcare facility licensed by DHS, we urge you to review the draft DHS opioid prescribing and treatment rules under consideration and provide your feedback through the online survey, which is available through October 15, 2017. There is also an update to the DHS Opioid Prescribing Guidelines underway, and we anticipate considerable stakeholder work will begin soon on 16 legislative recommendations which are outlined in the Opioid Action Report on page 9.

AOMA, working closely with the Arizona Medical Association and other healthcare stakeholders, has been proactively representing the diverse interests of physicians through numerous stakeholder meetings and communications to DHS and policy makers. We need more physician volunteers to actively participate in the stakeholder processes and provide critical technical support to review the many opioid policies under consideration.

Please contact the AOMA office at 602-266-6699 or send an email to, if you would like to volunteer to help, or if you would like additional information related to the opioid epidemic.


AOMA 37th Annual Fall Seminar - Early Registration Deadline is October 11

The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association 37th Annual Fall Seminar will be held November 11 & 12, 2017 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The theme of this year's event is Engage in Patient Care and Education.

Specialty credits planned for the Seminar include OMM, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Pediatrics.

AOMA designates this conference for a maximum of 13.50 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits. TUNCOM designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Application has been filed for AAFP prescribed credits. Determination of credits is pending. Full agenda and registration are available at

Engage in Patient Care
and Education


Fall Seminar - AOMA House of Delegates Call for Resolutions

The AOMA is accepting resolutions for the upcoming AOMA House of Delegates meeting at the Fall Seminar in Tucson on November 11, 2017. The deadline to submit resolutions is the close of business October 7, 2017 and resolutions will be posted on the AOMA website on October 12, 2017. Please review the House of Delegates Primer and Resolution Process document before submitting a resolution and attending the House of Delegates meeting. You must be an AOMA member to participate in this process and review resolutions.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact AOMA at 602-266-6699 or send an email to Thank you for your support of the AOMA.


Help Us to Help You – Become a Member or Renew Your AOMA Membership

Change is the only constant right now and AOMA is confronting many critical challenges on your behalf. Membership in the AOMA is the best protection for you and your patients. Insure your profession by signing up or renewing your membership today. Please call the AOMA office at 602-266-6699 if you need assistance or have any questions.

PMP Prescriber Mandate Effective October 16 - Are You Ready?

The Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) prescriber mandate will  become effective October 16, 2017. Are you ready for the mandate? Download the PMP Compliance Checklist from the AOMA website under the Resources tab for helpful tips on how to get started.

AOMA represents your interests on the Health Current Board of Directors so we would appreciate hearing member feedback on the success of this integration and suggestions for improvement. Please call the AOMA office, or send an email to with your feedback.


Dinner with Doctors - An AOMA Mentoring Event

Join AOMA for an evening of drinks, food, and fun - providing an
opportunity for medical students and residents to socialize, network with practicing physicians, and learn how to get involved with AOMA. All osteopathic medical students, residents, and AOMA physician members are welcome to attend.

Friday, October 27, 2017
6:00 pm
Maricopa County Medical Society
326 East Coronado Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Space is limited so please register at



Guide to Coding and Documentation for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

For those clinicians looking for help in understanding coding and documentation rubrics for evaluation and management services, the appropriate use of modifier -25, and the selection of osteopathic manipulative treatment codes the AOA and AOIA have created the AOA Guide to Coding and Documenting Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and Evaluation and Management Services. This manual expands on the AOA Position Paper on OMT and E/M to include discussions on the E/M Documentation Guidelines and how to choose a level of service and proper documentation for OMT.

This useful resource is the companion to Dr. Judith Connell's AOMA 37th Annual Fall Seminar lecture on Insurance Billing for OMM.


Available for purchase
from the AOMA Store.



Birdies Mean Bucks for Arizona Osteopathic Charities

You can make Arizona Osteopathic Charities a big bucks winner by making a pledge in the Birdies for Charity competition at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open. Arizona Osteopathic Charities will receive every penny of collected pledges. To make a pledge online go to  

10th Annual Health Current Summit and Tradeshow

Health Current (formerly the Arizona Health-e Connection) hosts its 10th Annual Summit and Tradeshow The Power of Fully Informed Health. The event's keynote speaker is Dr. Brent James, Executive Director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research and Vice President of Medical Research and Continuing Medical Education at Intermountain Healthcare.

When:   Monday, October 30 – Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Where:  Renaissance Phoenix/Glendale Resort & Spa
9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale, AZ

For more information and to register go to


AOMA 96th Annual Convention - Save the Date!

Plan to attend the AOMA 95th Annual Convention - the largest annual medical conference in Arizona - April 11 to 15, 2018 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas.The theme of the 2018 Convention is Shifting the Paradigm. The five-day CME event is anticipated to offer more than 35.0 hours of AOA Category 1-A credit. Details coming soon!  


2018 DO Day at the Legislature 

Reserve your spot to attend DO. Day at the Legislature on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The DO Day at the Legislature provides a great opportunity to get an up close view of the legislative process and to meet your legislators. The day begins with an orientation followed by presentations from key legislators on healthcare issues. AOMA will help you arrange individual meetings with your legislators and you will have the opportunity to attend House or Senate hearings throughout the day. Go to



Help prospective patients find you!

AOMA Members - Update Your Profile!

One of the benefits of AOMA membership is the Find a Physician public directory search. Make sure your practice information is up to date by logging in to your member profile on the AOMA website. When you do, prospective patients and potential referring physicians will be able to find you.

Need help updating your profile? Call the AOMA office at 602-266-6699.


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Membership in AOMA is an affordable vehicle to keep abreast of national and local issues, protect your professional practice,
enhance your specialized skills, 
further your career,
and be a part of the future
of osteopathic medicine in Arizona.

Refer a new AOMA member and receive at $100 credit. Go to

Not an AOMA Member? Join today!

Vaccine News


VFC 2017-2018
Flu Season Helpful Hints

Protect Arizona's Kids Immunization Flyer

Immunization Program

AOMA Calendar of Events -

Dinner with Docs - October 27, 2017
AOMA 37th Annual Fall Seminar - November 11 & 12, 2017
AOMA Board of Trustees Meeting - November 10, 2017
AOMA House of Delegates - November 11, 2017
AOMA Board of Trustees Meeting January 27, 2018
AOMA DO Day at the Legislature - February 20, 2018
AOMA 96th Annual Convention - April 11-15, 2018

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