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Opioid Drug Mapping
  Valley Fever Webcast   AOMA Awards   DO Day at the Legislature
Phoenix Magazine 2018 Top Doc
  AHCCCS Lowers Fill Limits   Annual Convention  
Happy Holiday

Dr Bob Retiring
  Need CME?   Birdies for Charity   AOMA Calendar


Updated Medicare Part D Opioid Drug Mapping

CMS released an updated version of the Medicare opioid prescribing mapping tool. This tool is an interactive, web-based resource that visually presents geographic comparisons of Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates. The tool includes the addition of extended-release opioid prescribing rates and county-level hot spots and outliers, which may identify areas that warrant attention.

The mapping tool offers local communities greater transparency into opioid prescribing in the Medicare Part D program. Communities can use this resource to understand how this critical issue affects their area, examine regional variation, and make informed decisions about how to allocate resources. The underlying data that feeds this tool is also used by CMS to monitor and manage high risk use of opioids in the Part D program.

Read the full press release here.
The Medicare Part D Opioid Drug Mapping Tool can be found here.


Phoenix Magazine 2018 Top Doc Voting

For 24 years Phoenix Magazine has published its Top Doctors issue. Chosen by Valley physicians in the annual voting, the 2018 survey is available online at This is your opportunity to recognize your peers for their professionalism and expertise. Deadline to submit your choices is January 8, 2018.

2018 TOP DOC



"Dr. Bob" Retiring

After 12 years as Director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Robert England, MD, MPH, known affectionately as "Dr. Bob", is retiring at the end of January in 2018. Dr. Bob worked in public health for more than 30 years. Before his service at MCDPH, he was with the Arizona Department of Health Services including roles as medical epidemiologist for HIV and STD services, chief medical officer for the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control, tuberculosis control officer, and state epidemiologist. His leadership, partnership, and generosity will be greatly missed. We wish him the very best in his retirement.


Mayo Clinic Offers Valley Fever Education

The Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development is offering a webcast on Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) on January 20, 2018. Presented by Robert Orenstein, DO and Janie Blair, MD, the course offers 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. For more information go to


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 before 12-31-17? 

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 nearly 200 different lectures in a wide variety of specialties.Recently added content includes

  • An Osteopathic Approach to Fibromyalgia
  • Documentation and Coding for OMT and Evaluation and Management Services
  • Drug Tapering, Modification, or Discontinuation
  • Hospice and Palliative Care for the Elderly
  • Non-Opioid Approach to Pain and Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Sleep and Health
  • Tips for Antimicrobial Prescribing in and Era of Multi-Drug Resistance
  • Treatment of Depression with Non-Pharmacological Interventions
  • Use of Naloxone for Opioid Overdose

Go to to view the entire catalog of on-demand offerings.

AOMA members receive a $10 discount on each AOMA-produced CME program. Contact the office for the promo code.


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



AOMA 96th Annual Convention - Save $100 with Early Registration

Save time and money. Register now for 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.


Tee It Up for Birdies for Charity 

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



Happy Holidays!

In this time of peace and joy, we wish you the happiest of holidays. Your AOMA staff is honored to serve all osteopathic physicians and students in Arizona.

The AOMA office will be closed Friday, December 22nd and
Monday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas
holiday.The office will also be closed Friday, December 29th and
Monday, January 1st as we ring in the new year.



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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.

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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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