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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.

 

Surprise Billing Resources

Beginning January 1, 2019, Arizona will join more than 25 states with laws in effect regulating out-of-network provider claims. Thanks to the intense lobbying efforts of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA), Arizona Medical Association (ArMA), and other physician groups in 2017, legislative solutions that would have affixed out-of-network payments with in-network or Medicare rates found in other states were prevented.

If you are a provider of out-of-network services, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the new laws and processes before January 1, 2019 and incorporate these policies into your clinical practice.

Membership Resources

Physician Guide to Understanding and Preparing for Arizona’s Out-of-Network Surprise Billing Laws
Exclusively for AOMA members, we have developed a presentation to walk you through the essential components of the surprise billing laws. It includes many helpful tips for compliance and integration of the regulations into your clinical practice. This overview is not intended as legal advice and physicians are encouraged to consult with their legal advisors regarding questions on specific applications of the new laws and rules.


We have also developed a Provider Disclosure Form Template to use with your patients.

Member login is required. If you have questions, please contact the AOMA office at 602-266-6699 or email to communications@az-osteo.org for assistance.

 

E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances - Are You Ready?

Beginning January 1, 2019 Arizona’s Opioid Epidemic Act requires that each prescription order for a Schedule II opioid in Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma counties must be transmitted through an electronic prescription for controlled substances (EPCS) program to the dispensing pharmacy. Beginning July 1, 2019, these same requirements go into effect for all remaining counties.

One-Year Waiver Available
A one time, one-year waiver is available to practitioners who face hardships that prevent the implementation of EPCS. If you determine that you will be unable to meet the EPCS requirements, you can download a waiver form and email the completed form to pmp@azpharmacy.gov.

 

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.

 

  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.

2018 AOMA Legislative Report - download pdf

2017 AOMA Legislative Report - download pdf

        

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.

AOMA Overview of Opioid Epidemic Act Special Session Legislation