AOMA Action Alert: Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act - Open Enrollment Starts Oct 1 – Tools to Educate Your Patients
The Affordable Care Act established health insurance exchanges (marketplaces) to provide uninsured Americans with the opportunity to purchase affordable insurance coverage. The US Department of Health and Human Services and states running their own exchanges will increase their promotion of these marketplaces to coincide with the October 1st open enrollment start date. Coverage will begin on January 1, 2014. Refer your patients to localhelp.healthcare.gov or 1-800-318-2596 to verify coverage eligibility and state marketplace enrollment. Physicians should also be aware of several issues when contracting with plans within their state marketplace. The AOA has developed a resource to assist members through this process (login required) as part of its Act to Action Campaign. Visit www.osteopathic.org for more information about this campaign.
Health Insurance Exchanges: Read Your Contracts
Health plans must give its beneficiaries a 90-day grace period before they are terminated for not paying their premiums. The Affordable Care Act allows health plans to shift the risk of loss for next 60 days that the beneficiary does not pay to physicians and other health care providers who provide services to patients during this timeframe. In other words, health plans are only required to pay physicians and other health care providers for the services provided during the first month of the 90-day grace period. Physicians should protect themselves from absorbing these costs by ensuring that their health insurance exchange contracts include clear notification whenever a patient’s premium payments are late. Physicians should also negotiate for the services to be covered during the grace period. The AOA provides you with a valuable members-only resource to help you navigate your role in the marketplace “Healthcare Exchanges - What Physicians Should Know Before They Contract” by Catherine I. Hanson, JD.
Small Business Coverage
The small business exchanges will be open for companies with 50 or fewer workers. These employers are not mandated to offer coverage to their employees until 2015, however, they will be able to offer coverage to their employees via the marketplace starting January 1, 2014. Although the marketplace officially opens for enrollment on October 1, 2013, notification has been given that the small business marketplace will not be able to accept online applications for coverage on October 1. They anticipate that the online capabilities will be available starting November 1. For more information, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/small-businesses/.
“Fitness for All Arizonans” Task Force
Under the leadership of AOMA President Craig Phelps, D.O., a task force has been formed to develop a multi-faceted AOMA campaign to address the public health problem of obesity. Twenty-five (25) D.O. members representing 12 specialties expressed interest in serving on the committee. All share a passion for educating the public, the press and policymakers on the importance of physical fitness for improved health and well being. Additionally, evidence based tools for the physicians to use when educating their obese patients will be explored.
The initial meeting was held on August 29, 2013 with the purpose of brainstorming and exploring a potential partnership with the Mollen Foundation whose mission is preventing childhood obesity. It was founded by Art Mollen, D.O. and his wife Paige. The Mollen Foundation promotes healthy lifestyles for children through comprehensive, hands-on nutrition, fitness and self esteem educational programs.
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Register Now for Upcoming CME Events:
AOMA Joint Injection Workshop - Saturday, September 21
Join us for this 3 hour workshop to gain in-depth knowledge and practice on joint injection. Hosted in the AOMA Conference Room, you’ll learn about using injections for diagnosis, treatment, contraindications, and proper procedures. After the lecture portion of the workshop, you’ll gain hands on experience with task trainers to practice. Course will be taught by AOMA Member Carlton Richie, III, D.O. Member fee for the course is $100 and $150 for non-members. Register today as space is limited - www.az-osteo.org.
AOMA Fall Seminar - November 9 and 10, 2013
The theme of the Fall Seminar is "Salutogenesis: A Focus on Health" and will feature lectures on sleep medicine, nutrition, prescribing physical activity, preventing burnout, and much more. We are offering 12 credits of Category 1-A (and one additional credit for Outcomes Assessment) for the member fee of $295. Go online to register - www.az-osteo.org - or call the office 602-266-6699 (toll free 888-266-6699). Hotel reservations can be made online or by calling 520-544-5000 (be sure to mention the AOMA Room Block).
National Health IT Subject Matter Experts at the 2013 Western States Health-e Connection Summit and Trade Show - September 10-11, 2013 - Phoenix, AZ
A two-day program of national health IT subject matter experts is available at the Western States Health-e Connection Summit & Trade Show September 10-11, 2013 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
•A Keynote Address by John Mattison, MD, CMIO, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Mattison is a national leader in developing HIE standards and he also is a well-published health IT futurist. Check out a recent presentation of Dr. Mattison here at the Redwood MedNet Annual Health Information Exchange.
•Jan Oldenburg, FHIMSS, editor of the best-selling HIMSS book, "Engage: Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement."
•Mariann Yeager, Executive Director of Healtheway. Healtheway operates eHealth Exchange which is building a national, scalable health information exchange that will allow providers to search for, send and receive patient health information over organizational and geographic boundaries.
•Brian Ahier, Founding Board Member of Direct Trust and author of the blog "Advanced Health Information Resources." Direct Trust is a national non-profit trade association that, in partnership with the Electronic Healthcare Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) offer accreditation for Health Information Service Providers (HISPs) that offer Direct Exchange or secure email services to securely connect one provider with another.
To view the full Summit Agenda or to find more attendee information and register online, please click here.
If you have any questions about the 2013 Summit & Trade Show, please contact Nikki Dillon, (602) 688-7209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AOMA hosts popular Business of Medicine programs
The Business of Medicine (formerly known as Office Managers Institute) Lunch & Learn sessions have grown in numbers. We are pleased to announce we have had 5 sessions this past year, with a total of 114 registered attendees.
The upcoming ICD 10 How to Implement – Part 2 is scheduled for October 22, 2013. These sessions are being held in the AOMA Conference Room. This program is a benefit to the AOMA’s membership and funded by a minimal charge to cover food.
A short survey will be emailed soon. Please take a moment to complete this survey so we may continue to meet your needs. We need your feedback. You can also contact the office (602-266-6699) during business hours, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or email email@example.com. We are here to serve you.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
Sept. 12 at 6:00 p.m. - Executive Committee
Sept. 16 at 6:00 p.m. - Legislative Affairs Committee
Sept. 28 at 9:00 a.m. - Public Awareness Committee
Sept 30 – Oct 2 AOA Convention – Las Vegas
Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m. - Midwestern University – Bright Lights/Shining Stars
Oct 24 at 5:30 p.m - Women for ATSU Sip, Savor and Socialize
Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association’s (AOMA) President Tom McWilliams, D.O., the AOMA Board of Trustees and AOMA Team wish our Osteopathic Family all the magic and wonder of the season! We are passionately committed to:
- advocating for physician driven healthcare
- educating the public about osteopathic medicine
- providing quality continuing medical education (CME)
- representing the profession within and outside of the healthcare community
- being a resource for osteopathic medicine and much more . . .
Right Now: AOMA “Oscars” Nominations
Be one of the first to cast your votes for those who have enhanced the osteopathic profession in Arizona. All votes must be in by January 31, 2013. The awards will be given at the AOMA Annual Convention. Visit our website www.az-osteo.org to nominate someone today!
January 8: Office Manager Education
The AOMA is hosting an Office Manager Institute will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from noon – 1:00 p.m. at the AOMA office – 5150 N. 16th St., Ste. A-122. The topic is “Meaningful Use: Stage 2” and AOMA members’ discounted fee is $10.00. A light lunch will be served. Register today by calling the office at 602-266-6699 or online at www.az-osteo.org.
Birdies for Charities - pledge for a chance to win $100
We need your pledge before February 3, 2013 of one cent or more for every birdie that will be made by the PGA Tour players, Thursday through Sunday, at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open. It is estimated that between 1,300 and 1,800 birdies will be made. Please designate Arizona Osteopathic Charities whose mission is “building a healthier community through programs, services and education.” The charity gets 110% of the pledges collected. Go to www.birdiesforcharityaz.com to make a pledge online or call 602-216-7325. Any member who pledges between now and December 31st is entered in a raffle for a $100 AOMA Credit for use with you dues or event signup.
The Arizona Osteopathic Charities is a 501(c)3 that was founded in 1997. Some of the programs it supports are annual scholarships for D.O. students; Team of Physicians for Students (TOPS) free physical screenings; DOCARE Intl., medical national outreach organization; and Stepping Stones of Hope Camp Paz bereavement camp. Christine Morgan, Ed.D, is the president.
March 5: D.O. Day at the Legislature
Osteopathic medical students will be dressed in their white coats side by side with osteopathic physicians to participate in this special day from 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Constituent visits will be scheduled and all will be briefed well in advance of March 5 on the conversation for the need for graduate medical education funding. Orientations will be offered via webinar one week prior and at 8:00 a.m. on March 5.
Presentations to the group will be given by legislative and the governor’s office healthcare leaders, including our Senator Kelli Ward, D.O. who has been named as Vice Chairman of the Senate Health Care and Medical Liability Reform Committee. We will learn about the legislative process and they will learn about osteopathic medicine. You will be establishing a relationship with your legislator. Please sign up for this opportunity to make a difference by calling the AOMA office (602-266-6699) or online – www.az-osteo.org. Please plan to come for part of the morning if you can’t set aside three hours.
April 16 – 20: AOMA Annual Convention
Check your mail the first week in January for the convention brochure outlining the topics, events and registration details. You don’t need to wait until then because you can go online now to register – www.az-osteo.org.
There will be an Osteopathic Family Celebration on Friday, April 20, 2013 from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. This will be informal with no charge for the evening and babysitting and games provided. All D.O.s in AZ will be invited. A Silent Auction will kick off the evening followed by a casual dinner and dancing.