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Opioid Epidemic Update   Pain Project
  Membership Renewal
  Observership Support
  QPP Workshop
Medical Certifiers

Fall Seminar

In Memoriam
On Demand CME

AzPHA Opioid Conference

PMP HIE Integration   New AOMA Board Members
  SCID   Call for Abstracts
  Vaccine News


Important Opioid Epidemic Information for Physicians

The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) is working vigorously with numerous stakeholders, including AOMA, to implement extensive policy changes and public health initiatives to satisfy the deliverables of Governor Ducey‘s Declaration of Emergency for the opioid epidemic announced June 5, 2017. DHS will be providing a report on findings and recommendations by September 5, 2017.

We strongly encourage physicians to visit the DHS Opioid Epidemic webpage at for important updates and resources for providers on topics such as the Emergency Rules for Healthcare Institutions, Naxolone Resources, MESIS Physician Reporting Requirements, Laboratory Screening, Prescriber Education Opportunities, etc.

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


Medical Certifiers: New Electronic System

The Arizona Department of Health Services’ Bureau of Vital Records (Department) will implement the state’s new electronic death registration system called the Database Application for Vital Events (DAVE) in September 2017. This system will replace the current electronic death registration system called the Vital Systems Information Management System (VSIMS). All Arizona funeral homes will use the DAVE system to create death certificates. The Department is requesting that physicians (medical certifiers) use the DAVE system to certify the cause of death on death certificates once the system is implemented.

The Department invites all medical certifiers and funeral homes to participate in the DAVE in-person training session hosted by the Department on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Desert Willow Conference Center 4340 E. Cotton Center Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona 85040. To register for this training, please click this link:

For more information, download the following materials:

If you have general questions about DAVE, please contact Bianca Soto, or Toni Miller, for assistance. For assistance with completing the user registration forms, contact or call 602-364-2230.


PMP Prescriber Mandate Effective October 16 - HIE Integration Complete

As of August 17, 2017, the integration of the Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) with Health Current’s Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE) is complete. In accordance with the PMP prescriber mandate law enacted in 2015, the integration of the PMP with the HIE allows for the PMP prescriber mandate to become effective October 16, 2017.

Are you ready for the mandate? Download the PMP Compliance Checklist from the AOMA website under the Resources tab.

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.


New Resource for Patient Self-Management of Chronic Pain

The Pain Project, representing people who suffer from chronic pain—and those who care for them, has produced a chronic pain patient self-management resource, What Chronic Pain Is and How to Manage It. Please feel free to use this resource and share it with your colleagues.


AOMA 37th Annual Fall Seminar - Three Types of CME credit offered!

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. 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. Full agenda and registration are available at 

Engage in Patient Care
and Education


AOMA Announces New Board Members

AOMA members recently elected two outstanding new members to the Board of Trustees.

Elise Barney, DO - District 2 Representative. Dr. Barney is a board certified nephrologist on staff at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. A graduate of Midwestern University AZCOM, she is an Assistant Professor for Banner University/Phoenix VA Medical Center Internal Medicine residency program and an Associate Clinical Professor at Midwestern University AZCOM. Dr. Barney regularly lectures for third and fourth year medical students in nephrology topics at both AZCOM and A.T. Still University /KCOM. She has been a member of AOMA since 2007 and recently completed a term as New Physicians' Representative on the AOMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Barney values the importance of AOMA for the osteopathic profession and welcomes the opportunity to represent District Society 2 on the Board.

Michael Lokale, DO, M.Sc (Oxon), FAAFP  - New Physicians' Representative. Dr. Michael Lokale is a family physician practicing in Oro Valley, Arizona. He came to the United States from Kenya and attended Virginia Military Institute on a track and field scholarship and earned his Master's Degree in Cardiac Physiology from the University of Oxford, attending as a Rhodes Scholar. A graduate of the University of Virginia's School of Medicine, he completed his residency in family medicine at the University or Arizona. Dr. Lokale is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Banner University College of Medicine in Tucson. He is the team physician for the Tucson Roadrunners, a minor league hockey team. Dr.Lokale is honored to serve on the AOMA Board of Trustees as the New Physicians' Representative.


Oops! Did You Forget to Renew Your AOMA Membership?

Summer is a busy time and if you haven't renewed your AOMA membership, it's not too late. AOMA is confronting many critical challenges on your behalf, please make sure your membership is up to date so AOMA can effectively protect your professional interests.

Please click on the Renew button or call the AOMA office at 602- 266-6699 today!


In Memoriam 

David W. Leopold, DO, passed away on April 16, 2017 at his home in Sierra Vista, Arizona at the age of 80. Born in Kansas City, Missouri Dr. Leopold graduated from medical school in 1962, and was a practicing pediatrician until he retired in 2012. After graduation from Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery, Kansas City, Missouri, in 1962, he completed his pediatric residency at Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan 1966, becoming certified in 1968. He established his practice in Tucson, Arizona in 1963 as a family practitioner and upon completion of his pediatric residency, his pediatric practice.
In 1980, Dr. Leopold joined the faculty of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (UOMHS) in Des Moines, Iowa, as Professor of Pediatrics. He was Discipline
Head, Department of Pediatrics 1983 - 1997. Upon leaving his position at UOMHS, he entered private Pediatric Practice with Arizona Family Care Associates, Sierra Vista, Arizona and was Pediatric Department Chairman at Sierra Vista Regional Hospital 2002 - 2007.

Dr. Leopold was a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, and a Past President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. He also served as President of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Leopold received many honors and awards during his 50-year career, including American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians - Pediatrician of the Year in 2012 and UOMHS Distinguished Service Award – Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics in 1997.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judith Leopold; his sister, Adair Carlyle (husband David Carlyle); and his children, Lynne Stroud (husband Mark Stroud), Beth Lowery (husband Robert Lowery), and Peter Leopold, DO (wife Lexi Leopold). In addition, he enjoyed his eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dr. Leopold’s honor to Sierra Vista Church of the Nazarene.

SCID Screening Begins in Arizona

Beginning August 9, 2017, Arizona newborns will be screened for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID).

This is great news. Arizona runs a higher incidence of SCID than other states. Incidence in the general population is 1 in 50,000 people, in Hispanics it’s 1 in 25,000, and in certain tribes (Athabaskan), it’s 1 in 2,000. Arizona expects to identify a few children with SCID every year.

Early identification of SCID, a genetic disorder characterized by the absence of T cells and antibody production, is key to good outcomes. Without treatment, recurrent infections lead to nearly universal fatal outcomes within the first year of life. Early stem cell transplantation can predict survival rates of 94%, and is available here in the state.

Arizona will be analyzing T cell receptor excision circles (TREC) to screen for SCID, which with the right cut-offs have a good sensitivity and specificity, and can be performed on the state’s existing bloodspot cards. These test characteristics, in addition to the higher incidence and effective treatment in Arizona, make SCID a necessary addition to the panel.

The key take-home messages for Arizona providers are:

  • Bloodspot cards and timing of screening specimens will not change.
  • Testing for SCID will be run on the first screen only, unless the initial screen is invalid or equivocal.
  • There are contracted immunologists in Arizona to provide technical support and intervention services.

SCID will be the 31st disorder added to Arizona’s newborn screening panel. Provider-specific information for SCID, including testing details, counseling and follow-up can be found at

Your Assistance Requested - Physician Observership Suggestions

Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates, PC will be hosting two physicians from Cambodia from September 7 to October 7, 2017, exposing them to modern diagnostics and therapeutics and identifying advances that can be brought to their armamentarium in the near term in their native country. 

The Observership is an effort to assist in capacity-building in our specialty in the resource-poor environment of Cambodia. During the political era of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge regime decimated the intellectual class of its population, including physicians. Cambodia is slowly recovering, but still lacks formal medical education in several specialty areas. Efforts are ongoing to have volunteer specialist from the West, Japan, and Australia visit and provide lectures and clinical training, yet the opportunity to have Cambodian physicians working in more specialized areas visit these countries to learn modern concepts and techniques is highly valued.

Paul Caldron, DO, and his colleagues at Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates, are seeking ideas and guidance from physicians who have hosted foreign observers so that they may maximize the effectiveness of visiting physicians. If you are willing to share your suggestions with Dr. Caldron, please contact him at or call the office at 480-443-8400.

More AOMA On Demand CME Offerings

AOMA has added more new on demand continuing medical education lectures to its platform, offering AOA Category 1-A CME credit.

  • Contraception Choices
  • Evaluation of Abnormal Liver Function Tests
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Pediatric Transitions of Care
  • Percutaneous coronary interventions
  • Tuberculosis: An Emerging Health Threat
  • Vaccinating Special Populations
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.

Call for Abstracts - AOMA 95th Annual Convention

Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) will hold the 96th Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 11 to 15, 2018.

The AOMA Professional Education Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a lecture at the Convention. Lectures are 55 or 85 minutes in length including 5 to 10 minutes for questions.

To submit an abstract for consideration the following criteria must be met:

  • The presenter must be an active member of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
  • The physician must be board certified in his/her specialty
  • The lecture must incorporate osteopathic practices and principles
  • Abstract and CV must be emailed to Janet Weigel, AOMA Director of Education, at by September 8, 2017

If your lecture is chosen by the Committee for presentation, you will be notified by September 30, 2017 and sent a speaker agreement for completion. Download the criteria for abstract submission at

Free Workshop: Quality Payment Program 

Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), with the Practice Innovation Institute and the American College of Physicians (ACP), is sponsoring an interactive, tele-connected workshop in Phoenix and Tucson on Quality Payment Programs (QPP). For more information download the event flyer or visit

Phoenix Workshop
Friday, September 29, 2017
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave

Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Cost: Free

Link to registration - Phoenix

Tucson Workshop
Friday, September 29, 2017
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Banner University Medical Center
1501 N. Campbell Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85724
Cost: Free

Link to registration-Tucson


Arizona's Opioid Epidemic: Evidence - Interventions - Policy

The Arizona Public Health Association’s (AzPHA) Fall Conference on September 28 at Desert Willow Conference Center, will present recent Arizona opioid epidemic data and will explore interventions and future policy initiatives within public health, healthcare and managed care systems, first responders, state government, and county health departments to mitigate the epidemic. Learn more and register here.


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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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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