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Fall Seminar   D.A.V.E.
  AOA Call for Nominations
  DO Day at the Legislature
ATSU Celebrates 125 Years   Administrative Simplification
  Annual Convention
  Member Profile Update Winner
PMP Mandate
  Dinner with Doctors   Birdies for Charity   OMT Coding Book


AOMA 37th Annual Fall Seminar - Ten Days Away!

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. AAFP prescribed credits are available. Full agenda and registration are available at

Engage in Patient Care
and Education



Congratulations ATSU Celebrating 125 Years of Osteopathic Medicine

Each year, A.T. Still University (ATSU) in Kirksville, Missouri holds its Founder's Day ceremonies to honor the school's founder Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. The first event was held in 1917 and has been held each year thereafter to enable alumni, students, friends, and families to gather to renew old ties, make new acquaintances, and celebrate Dr. Still's legacy.

This month ATSU celebrated its 125th anniversary in Kirksville and at its Mesa campus with an impressive array of tributes and activities that included CME lectures, reunion receptions, campus and community tours, flag football game, 5K fun and Still-a-Bration activities. The Kirksville Daily Express dedicated an entire section of its newspaper with numerous articles about the history and celebration of the legacy of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still and osteopathic medicine.

In celebration of 125 years of osteopathic medicine, ATSU recognized its many supporters through acts of kindness and has provided AOMA a $10,000 grant for an upcoming community service event or activity. Congratulations ATSU for organizing an amazing celebration and month-long activities. Thank you for your generosity and partnership with AOMA!


EHR Integration Support Available for PMP Mandate Law

The mandate requiring all prescribers to obtain a patient utilization report from the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) prior to prescribing an opioid analgesic or benzodiazepine is now in effect. The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy has completed the integration of the PMP with electronic health records (EHRs) through the PMP Gateway to make access more efficient and easier.

Healthcare providers interested in integration can submit an interest form online at

Integration with the PMP Gateway requires that the prescriber, or their delegate, is already registered with the PMP ( To confirm your registration, contact

Still have questions about the integration? Download the PMP Frequently Asked Questions pdf.

To review the prescriber requirements for compliance with the PMP mandate, download the PMP Compliance Checklist here.


Are You Registered Yet? Critical Changes to Death Certification Registration

Arizona Department of Health Services has implemented the state’s new electronic death registration system, the Database Application for Vital Events (DAVE). This online system allows clinicians to certify the cause of death using a computer or tablet, and eliminates the need for fax and paper certification.

Arizona Revised Statute 36-325 states that the health care provider shall complete and sign the medical certification of death on a death certificate within 72 hours. This online system emails providers with notification of any pending certificate and allows for the providers to complete the certificate online.

Any clinician that completes death certificates needs to register for this database. The D.A.V.E. registration form is available here. A verified account must include the clinician’s e-mail address and all facilities they are associated with.

The new system was designed to be more efficient for clinicians and their patients’ families, and to streamline the process behind a difficult, emotional time. If patients’ families are experiencing difficulties, please refer them to the banner located at the top of or call the ADHS main line at 602-542-1025.


Help Wanted - Administrative Simplification Project

AOMA is seeking member physicians and office staff to help identify and prevent third-party barriers to patient care and reduce administrative requirements that detract from healthcare delivery. Our goal is to research and understand the extent of administrative burdens in Arizona due to prior authorizations, credentialing, billing, etc. and to work together on an ambitious effort to advance administrative simplification solutions.

Please take a few minutes and send us your examples of administrative burdens and the toll they have on your patients and practice by writing to Pete Wertheim, AOMA Executive Director at Please indicate if you or your office staff would like to participate on a taskforce to develop solutions and advocate for them.


Dinner with Doctors Deux

More than 60 students and 20 physicians enjoyed an evening of socializing and networking at the second Dinner with Doctors on Friday, October 27, 2017. The Maricopa County Medical Society (MCMS) Courtyard was a beautiful venue on a warm, fall night. Good food and great conversation created a casual, comfortable atmosphere that allowed students to ask questions of the physicians and learn how to get involved with AOMA.  Thank you to Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona (MICA) and MCMS for your support of this event.


AOA Call for Nominations

Several American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Committees involved with ACGME are seeking representatives for terms beginning July 1, 2018.

ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee
OPC letter
OPC Application
Deadline: November 10, 2017

ACGME Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Review Committee
ONMM letter
ONMM application
Deadline: November 17, 2017

ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Evaluation Committee
CLER letter
CLER application
Deadline: November 22, 2017

For more information contact Jim Swartout, Sr. Vice President, AOA Education Department,


AOMA 96th Annual Convention - Save the Date!

Plan to attend 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. Details coming soon!


We Want Your Two Cents - Literally!

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



And the Winner is.......

Congratulations to A. Clark Ruttinger, DO, a family medicine and geriatric physician in Surprise. Dr. Ruttinger updated his member profile on the AOMA website and was entered into the quarterly drawing for a $100 VISA gift card.

Update your profile by January 31, 2018 for a chance to win! You could be our next winner.



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.


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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 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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