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American Osteopathic Association recommends reclassification of cannabis
The American Osteopathic Association supports reclassification of cannabis as a Schedule II Drug to facilitate advancement in clinical, public health, patient safety and health policy research, according to a resolution approved by the AOA House of Delegates.
American Osteopathic Association details settlement agreement in class-action lawsuit
Four plaintiffs to receive $15,000 each, payable from legal fees; board certification to be uncoupled from membership.
American Osteopathic Association installs William S. Mayo, DO, as 122nd president
Dr. Mayo plans to make board certification more cost-effective and technologically advanced.
Researchers identify model for reducing binge drinking in college students
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found college students will drink responsibly if told doing so will improve their health, relationships and grades.
America’s frontline physicians concerned about administration’s plans to suspend risk adjustment payments
The AOA and other medical organizations urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reverse its decision to halt risk adjustment payments.
Early intervention could prevent chronic pain, which affects half of all adults
Osteopathic physicians cite crucial three-month window for treatment before pain becomes chronic.
Program teaching patients happiness skills aims to improve participant health
A pilot program in Philadelphia community health centers is teaching patients to approach happiness as a learned skill, rather than a fleeting emotion.
Survey Finds Less than Two-Thirds of Americans (62%) Know a Preventive Vaccine is Available for Shingles
The new FDA-approved vaccine offers more effective protection and can be used in younger patients, but most adults aren’t aware of it, an AOA survey finds.
Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis Call for Comprehensive, Public Health Approach to Addiction Treatment
The AOA and other medical organizations called on Congress to recognize opioid use disorder as a chronic disease of the brain that requires comprehensive treatment.
Physicians with High Debt More Likely to Work in Medically Underserved Areas
State and federal loan repayment programs designed to address physician shortages are driving indebted doctors to medically underserved areas, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
Survey Finds Patients Want to be Friends with their Physicians on Social Media
A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association found more than four out of 10 adults would like to be friends with their doc on social media.
Accreditation Decisions for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its April 26-29, 2018 meeting.
Researchers Say Chronic Dizziness Can Result from, or Trigger, Psychiatric Disorders
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association research notes psychiatric disorders present in 15% of patients with chronic dizziness.
High School Summer Program Hopes to Build Pipeline of Future Doctors, Particularly Among Under-represented Minorities, Researchers Say
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association study finds summer program improves high schoolers’ medical knowledge by 38%, and raises their understanding of how to prepare for medical school by 34%.
America’s Frontline Physicians: Statement Opposing Restriction of Access to Qualified Providers
The AOA and other physician organizations urge Congress to oppose any effort to condition payment for health care services on factors other than medical and legal qualifications and standards.
One in 250 Females Likely to Develop Lupus During Childbearing Years
Outcomes for the potentially fatal chronic condition improve when patients are diagnosed early.
Researchers Find Low Magnesium Levels Make Vitamin D Ineffective
A review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found Vitamin D can’t be metabolized unless people have sufficient magnesium levels.
Survey: Adults Looking for a Resource to Lose Weight Twice as Likely to Consider Exercise Programs (56%) than a Physician (28%)
A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association found 56% of Americans believe exercise programs are the best resource if looking to lose weight, but DOs caution exercise alone is rarely an effective strategy for weight loss.
New Cannabis Products Highly Potent, Pose Mental Health Risks
A special report in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association aggregates what is known about issues that may be triggered by marijuana use to help physicians give the best evidence-based recommendations.
DO Match Day Produces Nearly 1,000 Primary Care Residents
More than 1,600 osteopathic medical seniors and graduates today matched into osteopathic residencies in 25 specialties.
Outpatient Clinic Reduces No-Shows by 34 Percent Amid 13 Percent Increase in Patient Visits
Implementing a program to reduce patient no-shows helped an outpatient clinic achieve a 34 percent decrease compared to the same quarter the previous year, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
Statement on Congressional Reauthorization of CHIP Funding
The AOA applauds Congress’ decision to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program and encourages Congress to move forward with protecting other public health programs, including Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education.
America’s Frontline Physicians: Statement on Medicaid Qualified Providers
The AOA and other physician organizations strongly urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to put patients first by reconsidering its support of state waiver requests that would prohibit qualified providers from participating in the Medicaid program.
Cervical Lesions Change Fastest in Hispanic Women, Slowest in Black Women—For Better and Worse
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found the rates at which precancerous cells in the cervix progress toward becoming cancerous or regress toward normal vary among Hispanic, black, white, and Asian women.
125 Years of Osteopathic Medicine: Number of Osteopathic Medical Students Increases 85 Percent in Ten Years
There are now more than 108,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) in the United States, with over half practicing in primary care.
American Osteopathic Foundation Selects Chief Executive Officer
Rita Forden will oversee strategy and development efforts in her new role as chief executive officer of the American Osteopathic Foundation.
Accreditation Decisions for Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) today announced accreditation decisions made at its Dec. 1-3, 2017 meeting.
Coalition Encourages Maintaining Access to Health Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries
The AOA and other leading physician organizations developed principles to ensure any changes to Medicaid benefits do not impact access to care.
Research Offers Guidelines to Improve Quality of Care for Patients Who Are Sexual Assault Survivors
Disclosing incidents of sexual assault and other forms of abuse to their primary care physicians can help improve the quality of patients’ care, according to a JAOA review.
American Osteopathic Association Names Kristin Belleson Vice President of Affiliate and Membership Services
As vice president of affiliate and membership services, Kristin Belleson will drive the association’s member value by better aligning AOA products and services to the evolving needs of physicians.
MS Patients Who Adhere to Treatment Have Higher Health Costs–And Better Outcomes
Researchers found patients with multiple sclerosis who adhered to medication schedules had significantly better physical outcomes than patients who did not, although the total overall costs for their care were higher, according to a new JAOA study.
American Osteopathic Association Names Daniel Williams, DO, Vice President of Certifying Board Services
In his new role, Daniel G. Williams, DO, will oversee the AOA’s 18 osteopathic certifying boards and the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists.
America’s Frontline Physicians Oppose Efforts to Eliminate the Individual Mandate
The AOA joins other health care organizations in opposing provisions in the Senate tax reform proposal that would repeal policies requiring individuals to purchase health care coverage.
Bullying in America: Survey Finds Nearly One-Third of Americans (31%) Have Been Bullied as an Adult
People bullied as adults note significant mental and physical impacts as a result, including depression and anxiety, loss of sleep and mental breakdown, according to a new AOA survey.
American Osteopathic Association Names David J. Pugach Senior Vice President of Public Policy
David J. Pugach, JD, will lead advocacy efforts in Washington D.C. for the physician organization.
Infants with Extra Fingers May Receive Non-Evidence Based, Complication-Prone Treatment
Suture ligation remains a common treatment for polydactyly, but it often requires corrective surgery, according to a case report and review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.