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Public Policy

AOA responds to Senate Finance Committee hearing on rural health care

On May 16, the AOA provided a statement for the record to the Senate Finance Committee, emphasizing the critical issues impacting rural health care, including: Serving patients in rural communities Practice sustainability and physician payment Innovation and expanding payment models predicated upon delivering high-quality care Access improvement through telehealth and more The statement calls for … Read More

AOA Staff

06.04.24

Public Policy

SOMA and AOA partner on grassroots campaign supporting the REDI Act

The AOA recently partnered with the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) on a grassroots campaign to build support for the Resident Education Deferred Interest (REDI) Act (H.R. 1202/S. 704). This bill allows medical residents to defer student loan payments without accruing interest during residency, easing financial strain and enabling service in high-need specialties and underserved … Read More

AOA Staff

06.02.24

Public Policy

AOA President Ira P. Monka, DO, urges action on Medicare physician payment

Last week, AOA President Ira P. Monka, DO, called on osteopathic physicians to continue the momentum from DO Day on Capitol Hill by building support for the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act (H.R. 2474), which aims to establish stable, annual payment updates to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule based on the Medicare Economic … Read More

AOA Staff

05.30.24

Public Policy

Medicaid, CHIP and BHP coverage final rule

On March 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized provisions to streamline the enrollment process and maintain continuity of health coverage for children, people with disabilities and older individuals who qualify for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Basic Health Program (BHP). This rule clarified the application process for eligible enrollees … Read More

AOA Staff

05.28.24

Public Policy

Advocacy efforts at DO Day on Capitol Hill continue to shine

DO Day on Capitol Hill is a pivotal event where osteopathic physicians and medical students advocate for critical healthcare policies directly with lawmakers. DO Day advocates focused on three critical legislative initiatives that directly impact the osteopathic profession and the broader healthcare landscape: Protecting patient access to care and physician practices by advocating for positive … Read More

AOA Staff

05.26.24

Public Policy

Attention residents: Interested in health policy? Apply for the Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program today!

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) is now accepting applications for the Training in Policy Studies (TIPS) program. The TIPS program is a policy-based program, generously funded by the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF), that provides residents an understanding of current health care policy issues while also facilitating leadership opportunities. Sessions have focused on physician payment, drug … Read More

AOA Staff

05.24.24

Public Policy

AOA responds to tri-agency request for information on health care consolidation

On May 6, the AOA responded to a Request For Information (RFI) from the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the impact of health care consolidation. The letter states that while large, integrated health systems can enhance care efficiency and access to innovative technologies, … Read More

AOA Staff

05.21.24

Public Policy

AOA submits statement to Senate Finance Committee on bolstering chronic care via Medicare physician payment

In a recent statement to the Senate Finance Committee, the AOA voiced its support for reforms that enhance Medicare payments and promote access to high-quality care, particularly for patients with chronic conditions. The AOA highlighted the pressing need for stable, sustainable physician payment structures to address the escalating demand for medical services among America’s aging … Read More

AOA Staff

05.04.24

Public Policy

FTC finalizes rule banning non-compete clauses in employment contracts

On April 23, the Federal Trade Commission voted 3-2 to finalize a rule banning non-compete clauses in employment contracts. The proposed rule issued in Jan. 2023 received over 26,000 comments from stakeholders with an overwhelming majority supporting the change. The AOA submitted comments to the FTC along with 45 osteopathic affiliates expressing support for limiting … Read More

AOA Staff

05.02.24