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The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) is the collective voice of osteopathic physicians throughout Arizona. For 97 years, the AOMA through its advocacy has been committed to supporting the osteopathic medical professional and the delivery of quality cost-effective healthcare to all Arizonans.

The AOMA Legislative Affairs program provides members important and timely updates with calls to action on critical issues impacting healthcare and osteopathic medicine. There are several ways to get involved to become an advocate for the osteopathic profession through the AOMA Legislative Affairs Committee, Student Advocacy Program, Political Action Committee, or by contacting the AOMA for direct support, guidance, and personalized advocacy training.

 

Why Should I Care About Advocacy?
Policymakers play a critical role in determining the delivery, cost, and quality of healthcare provided by osteopathic physicians. In a typical legislative session in Arizona, legislators will consider legislation that can impact you in many ways:

  • Availability of insurance and the cost of healthcare

  • Scope of practice for non-physician healthcare providers

  • Mandates on healthcare providers

  • Payments to healthcare providers for government programs such as Medicaid

  • Accessibility and affordability of healthcare education and post graduate training opportunities

  • Liability of healthcare providers - rights of patients

  • Patient safety and quality of care

  • Technological advances such as electronic medical records

Advocacy is vital component to advancing and protecting the best interests of osteopathic physicians and patients. By staying informed and getting involved, everyone can make a difference.

On demand Advocacy Training Videos.
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AOMA Bill Tracking List
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AOMA Legislative Reports - AOMA member login required

These reports provide important information to AOMA members about the Arizona legislative session, AOMA advocacy efforts, and how the newly enacted laws will impact the healthcare system.

2017 AOMA Legislative Report - download pdf

2016 AOMA Legislative Report - download pdf

2015 AOMA Legislative Report - download pdf

AOMA Advocacy News & Alerts
Click here if you are an AOMA member to sign up for timely and informative updates and alerts about the progress of important issues impacting osteopathic physicians and healthcare.

 

Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act - Important Information for Physicians

On January 25, 2018, the Arizona State Legislature passed SB 1001, the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, making sweeping changes to opioid prescribing, substance abuse prevention and treatment, public safety, and other reforms.

It is critical that physicians begin working to understand the new law and its impending prescriber regulations. There are numerous provisions that will impact physicians including new limits on quantities, dosages, checking the Prescription Monitoring Program, reporting requirements, e-prescribing, licensure of pain management clinics, and various other regulations.

To help you get started, AOMA has prepared a detailed presentation explaining all of the critical components of the new law and how they will apply to you and your practice:

AOMA Overview of Opioid Epidemic Act Special Session Legislation