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Public Policy

Navigating the CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

On July 10, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the CY2025 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule which includes updates to physician payment policies, the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Key takeaways include the following: CMS has proposed a 2.8% reduction in physician payment, which results … Read More

AOA Public Policy Staff

07.12.24

The DO

The DO Book Club, July 2024: Summer beach reads with a medical twist

Summer is in full swing, and many of us are planning to spend some of this season at the beach. For those looking to kick back and relax with a good book, The DO staff and Book Club writers have pulled together our top suggestions for summer beach reads—ranging from autobiography to fiction, there is … Read More

The DO Staff

07.12.24

The DO

A golden pearl for July: Embracing compassion and support in medical training

According to birthstone gemology, July is traditionally represented by a crimson ruby. However, I prefer to associate the month with a golden pearl. Golden pearls represent a variety of different concepts, including prosperity and luck. They also are thought to bring healing, protection and renewal properties to those who possess these rare gemstones.

The DO Staff

07.11.24

Public Policy

Congress introduces prior authorization legislation

Many seniors experience delays in receiving essential medical care due to the prior authorization requirements imposed by Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. These requirements not only delay care but also create a significant administrative burden for physicians, diverting valuable time from patient care to paperwork. Thanks to our dedicated advocacy efforts, Congress has recently introduced the … Read More

AOA Staff

07.11.24

JOM

The short- and long-term effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment on pain, and psychosocial factors in adults with chronic low back pain

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) has long plagued mankind, but little progress has been made in finding a rational and effective treatment, let alone a common cause. This study is an attempt to fill that void by measuring short- and long-term effects of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), including psychosocial and pain reduction in CLBP patients.

JOM Staff

07.11.24

JOM

Interoceptive bodily awareness in patients seeking pain relief with osteopathic manipulative treatment: an observational cohort pilot study

Interoceptive bodily awareness (IBA) is one’s attentional focus on and relationship with comfortable and uncomfortable (e.g., pain) internal body sensations. Integrating IBA into research on osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is growing, both as an outcome and predictor of treatment outcomes; however, it has yet to be studied in a clinical setting.

JOM Staff

07.09.24

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