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Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Act moves to full House of Representatives

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 DO Staff

12.01.21

The DO

Physician Fee Schedule 2022: What you need to know

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

The DO Staff

12.01.21

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Med students discuss the minority tax, tokenism and other DEI issues they have encountered

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%).

The DO Staff

11.29.21

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CDC advisory committee examined safety data on COVID boosters before approving them for all adults

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.

The DO Staff

11.26.21

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How pediatricians are handling questions about COVID vaccines for kids age 5-11

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 DO Staff

11.23.21

JOM

December 2021 issue of Journal of Osteopathic Medicine now available

In the December issue of Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (JOM), you’ll find a lineup of articles across various subspecialty areas and topics, including information about the efficacy of osteopathic manipulative treatment in patients with Parkinson’s disease, identifying atypical diabetes in primary care, and how the four tenets of osteopathic medicine can be used as an … Read More

AOA Staff

11.23.21

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Why the needs for rural and Native American physicians are interconnected

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

The DO Staff

11.18.21

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Concerning trends in primary care physician demand and compensation

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 DO Staff

11.18.21

The DO

In Memoriam: Nov. 17, 2021

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 memberservice@osteopathic.org. View a list of past In Memoriam columns here.

The DO Staff

11.17.21