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Your Feedback Needed   AHCCCS Lowers Fill Limits   AOMA Awards   DO Day at the Legislature
End of Life Survey
  Need CME?   Annual Convention   OMT Coding Book
Fall Seminar
  In Memoriam   Birdies for Charity   AOMA Calendar


Opioid Action Plan - DHS Needs Your Feedback!

Arizona continues to operate in a state of emergency due to the opioid overdose epidemic occurring throughout our communities. As required in Governor Ducey’s executive order, the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) provided Governor Ducey a report on findings and preliminary recommendations, including those that require legislative action.

The Opioid Action Plan is intended to serve as a catalyst to reducing deaths in Arizona with goals to:
• Increase patient and public awareness and prevent opioid use disorder
• Improve prescribing and dispensing practices
• Reduce illicit acquisition and diversion of opioids, and
• Improve access to treatment.

Many people and organizations have contributed ideas that helped shape the content of the Opioid Action Plan. DHS is asking for your help in providing some feedback on the preliminary ideas proposed to enact legislative solutions.

If you are interested in providing feedback, please review the Recommendation Brief on Opioid Legislation in the Opioid Action Plan (pages 9-11), and then complete a short survey by clicking on this link or visiting this site: Information gathered from the survey will be used to further inform the development of the initial ideas proposed in the plan. The survey will close on December 1, 2017.

Questions related to Arizona’s emergency response to the opioid crisis may be sent to AOMA will also be submitting comments and would appreciate hearing your feedback as well by calling the AOMA office at 602-266-6699 or sending an email to


End of Life Survey - Deadline Extended to 12/17/2017

If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to take the End of Life survey being conducted by the ArMA and AOMA Joint Task Force on End of Life Care. Even if you do not deal directly with End of Life Care in your practice on a regular basis, we encourage you to participate so that your voice and views are included in our results.

The survey takes about 8-10 minutes, and will cover:
1. End of Life discussions
2. Palliative Care
3. Education on these issues
4. Medical Aid in Dying and POLST (Physician Orders for Life Saving Treatment)

Access the survey at


AOMA 37th Annual Fall Seminar Engaged Attendees

The AOMA 37th Annual Fall Seminar was attended by more than 220 physicians and medical students.

The AOMA Professional Education Committee, chaired by Dr.
Lori Kemper, presented an exceptional program offering a wide
variety of topics.Thank you to our sponsor, Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Arizona, and all the exhibitors who supported the Seminar and helped make it a success.

Mark your calendars for the the AOMA 38th Annual Fall Seminar,
November 10 & 11, 2018 at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador

Online Attestation: If you wish to receive CME credit for
attending the Fall Seminar, you must complete the online
attestation for at Deadline to submit is December 14, 2017.



AHCCCS Lowers Initial Fill Limits for Opioids

On January 1, 2018 AHCCCS will lower first fill limits for opioid prescriptions from 7 to 5 days.This change is part of Governor Ducey's response to the opioid epidemic in Arizona and the Department of Health Services efforts to reduce the number of opioids prescribed. For resources to join this fight and real-time opioid data, go to:


Need CME? Check out the AOMA On-Demand CME Platform

Missed the AOMA Fall Seminar? Still need CME hours before 12-31-2017? AOMA's online CME platform, developed in partnership with osteopathic associations across the country, offers all categories of AOA CME credit, including 1-A! DO•CME boasts a catalog of more than 160 different lectures in a wide variety of specialties. New content is added regularly, including several lectures from the 37th Annual Fall Seminar.

AOMA members receive a $10 discount on each AOMA-produced CME program. Contact the office for the promo code. Go to to view the entire catalog of on-demand offerings.


In Memoriam

John Vincent Battersby, DO, 59, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2017, after a valiant battle with leukemia. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his journey and gave him much peace. John was born on May 10, 1958, in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended elementary school in the Valley and graduated from Brophy College Preparatory in 1976. After completing his bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona, John became a physician in 1985 upon graduating from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He maintained a thriving family practice in Phoenix for more than 30 years. John was blessed with a loving family, faithful friends, and devoted patients. He married the love of his life, Cheryl, in 1990, and together they raised their daughter, Ashley Vu. With his family and friends John enjoyed fishing, golfing, and watching sports and movies. In his medical practice he took great pleasure in helping his patients achieve optimal health. We will all miss John's warm personality, his great sense of humor, and his uncanny ability to put others at ease. John is survived by his wife Cheryl; his daughter Ashley Vu (Louis); his grandchildren Olivia, Natalie, and Alex; his sister, Joan Mones-Galliven (Bob); his aunt, Phylis Crisp; and his cousins Ryan Crisp and his two young daughters.John is preceded in death by his mother Kathryn Battersby; his brother Joseph Battersby; and his uncle James Crisp.


AOMA Awards Nominations - Honor Your Peers

The AOMA Annual Awards recognize outstanding service and contributions to the osteopathic medical profession in Arizona. Only AOMA members may submit an AOMA Award nomination form. Submit nominations to the AOMA Office by March 1, 2018. The AOMA Awards will be presented at the AOMA Annual Convention.

The online nomination form plus the complete list of AOMA Awards and past recipients is available at

AOMA Annual Awards



Early Registration Now Open - AOMA 96th Annual Convention

Online registration is available for the the AOMA 96th Annual Convention - the largest annual medical conference in Arizona - April 11 - 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 and has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Application will be filed for AAFP Prescribed credits. Determination of credits is pending.


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

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



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. Available for purchase from the AOMA Store.

Price: $30

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

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AOMA Calendar of Events -

AOMA Board of Trustees Meeting - January 27, 2018
AOMA DO Day at the Legislature - February 20, 2018
AOMA Board of Trustees Meeting - April 11, 2018
AOMA 96th Annual Convention
- April 11-15, 2018
AOMA House of Delegates - April 13, 2018

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