On Nov. 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee of the House of Representatives advanced the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. This bipartisan bill was developed to address the high rates of burnout among health care professionals as well as the high suicide rate among doctors.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published the final rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year (CY) 2022. In the rule, CMS finalized proposals for Principal Care Management and Chronic Care Management services recommended by the AOA, telehealth services, MIPS Value Pathways … Read More
During the 2019-2020 academic year, roughly 10% of osteopathic medical students identified as an underrepresented minority, according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). That includes LatinX students (6% of all DO students), Black students (3%) and Native American students (0.2%).
In a virtual meeting on Nov. 19, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 11-0 to recommend a single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for those who are 18 and older under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.
Since the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization from the FDA for children ages 5 and up, some parents and caregivers have raised concerns and asked questions about the safety, effectiveness and necessity of vaccinating their kids. Below, two prominent osteopathic pediatricians share how they’ve approached working with vaccine-hesitant parents and how the child … Read More
The American health care system continues to struggle with physician workforce shortages. These shortages manifest in several ways. First, with a growing and aging population, we simply need more physicians. Second, there is longstanding maldistribution of our physician resources to larger cities and metropolitan areas that leaves many rural communities without adequate care. Third, we … Read More
COVID-19 altered the supply-demand curve in many professions, and health care is no exception. Physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants alike saw significant changes in demand for their services based on geography, specialty and other factors, according to a recent Merritt Hawkins report on health care professional recruiting incentives.
The following list of recently deceased osteopathic physicians includes links to obituaries and online memorials if they’re available. Readers can notify the AOA of their deceased colleagues by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. View a list of past In Memoriam columns here.