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State Advocacy Initiatives

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Raising the profile of osteopathic medicine at the state level

The AOA supports the osteopathic profession by monitoring and advocating on state-level legislation, regulations and licensure issues.

Partnering with state and specialty affiliate organizations, the AOA tracks legislative issues, compiles research data, develops issue briefs and engages state policymakers in support of the osteopathic medical profession. Key areas of focus include scope of practice, osteopathic recognition and equivalency, pain management, funding to increase care in rural and underserved areas, and medical liability reform. Read further for information on our latest efforts and advocacy wins.

Scope of practice

The AOA is a steering committee member of the Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP), an alliance of medical societies and associations focused on protecting patient safety by supporting a physician-led team approach to medical care. As such, the AOA continues to fight inappropriate scope-of-practice expansion efforts by non-physician clinicians that might interfere with a physician’s ability to provide the best possible care for their patients.

Learn more about the AOA’s work to prevent scope of practice expansions:

Combating the opioid epidemic

Over the past year, the osteopathic medical profession has positioned itself as a leader in the fight to curb the nation’s opioid epidemic. The AOA has successfully advocated to have Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment included as a nonpharmacological option in the Federation of State Medical Boards’ updated Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics.

Read more about our efforts:

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