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August 28, 2018


CMS Fee Schedule Changes

AOMA Fall Seminar

In Memoriam
Cardiology Conference for Primary Care  
  Opioid Emergency Response Report
  DO Day at the Legislature
  Join AOMA
Measles Exposure

Call for Abstracts


AOMA Calendar  


TAKE ACTION – Negative Impact of CMS E/M Rule Change

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed changes to the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) with a September 10th deadline for public comment. The new rules would enact sweeping changes to E/M visits covering both documentation requirements and physician payments that will negatively affect osteopathic physicians and their patients.

Effective January 1, 2019, under the proposed rule, CMS would:

  • Collapse eight payment rates for office and outpatient Evaluation and Management (E/M) visits down to two rates; and,
  • Implement a policy that would cut osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and other procedures by 50 percent when billed with an E/M visit with modifier 25 appended.

AOA & AOMA need your help to submit comments on the proposed rule changes. The AOA has provided a helpful webpage to understand the rule changes and submit comments to CMS.

AOMA also welcomes your feedback on the impact of these changes for inclusion in its comments to CMS on your behalf. Please share your feedback to Thank you for your help on this critical issue.




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Measles Exposure in Arizona - Suspect, Isolate, and Report

An out-of-state visitor with measles traveled to Northern Arizona. They were potentially contagious from August 6–8, 2018. There are currently no cases of measles in Arizona. However, this visitor may have exposed the public at locations in Sedona and Kingman.

The illness begins with symptoms which include fever (101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), red, watery eyes, cough and runny nose. A rash that is red, raised, and blotchy appears after several days. The rash begins on the head at the hairline and moves down the body. Individuals are contagious 4 days prior to rash onset. Providers should:

  • Immediately mask and place patients presenting with a febrile rash illness in airborne isolation if available; obtain vaccine and travel history
  • Consider measles as a diagnosis for patients with a febrile rash illness and immediately report suspect cases to your local health department
  • Coordinate with your local health department for specimen collection, transport, and testing for suspect measles cases
  • Make sure your staff is fully immunized. Healthcare workers should receive two doses of MMR, regardless of year of birth, unless they have documentation of previous immunity

For more information on this situation, please visit the ADHS public information website at

For more information on measles, please visit the ADHS measles webpage at

To report cases or for additional information, please contact your local health department


Recipe for Success: AOMA 38th Annual Fall Seminar 

The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association 38th Annual Fall Seminar will be held November 10 & 11, 2018 at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Arizona. The theme of this year's event is Recipe for Success: Innovations and Applications.

The AOMA designates this program for a maximum of of 12.25 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits and will report CME credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Application has been submitted for AAFP Prescribed credits. Determination of credits is pending.

Save $75! Early registration is open at

AOMA 38th Annual Fall Seminar

Lecture Topics

  • Campylobacter Infection
  • Food Borne Illnesses: US and Global Food Security Challenge
  • Coalescent Medicine - Recipe for Successful Pain Management
  • Low Testosterone & How to Fix it with Fat
  • Leadership Development: I'm the Doctor So I'm in Charge, Right?
  • Difficult Conversations
  • OMM Pearls: There's an OMM Treatment for That?
  • Two-Minute OMM Consult: What You Can Do When You Don't Have an OMM Table
  • Ancestry DNA Results
  • Minimally Invasive LVADs & Hybrid Therapies
  • The Clown as Sacred Healer


Arizona Opioid Emergency Response Report

On August 3, 2018 the Arizona Department of Health Services released its Arizona Opioid Emergency Response Report summarizing all of the activities from the opioid emergency response, including official opioid-related death date from 2017. The report is available under the Opioid Action Plan tab on the website.


Call for Abstracts - AOMA 97th Annual Convention

Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) will hold the 97th Annual Convention in Scottsdale Arizona on April 10 - 14, 2019.

The AOMA Professional Education Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a lecture at the Convention. Lectures are 55 or 85 minutes in length including 5 to 10 minutes for questions.
To submit an abstract for consideration the following criteria must be met:

  • The presenter must be an active member of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
  • The physician must be board certified in his/her specialty
  • The lecture must incorporate osteopathic practices and principles
  • Abstract and CV must be emailed to Teresa Roland, AOMA Director of Education, at by September 14, 2018.

If your lecture is chosen by the Committee for presentation, you will be notified by September 30, 2018 and sent a speaker agreement for completion. Download the criteria for abstract submission at


In Memoriam

By God's amazing grace, Howard H. Hunt, DO, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 2, 2018. He was born on August 27, 1933, to Howard and Fern Hunt of Earlville, Iowa.

He started his practice in Glendale, Arizona in 1957, and finished his medical career which he loved, at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hunt served as President of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association in 1968-1969. His wife of 45 years, Ramona

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Hunt, went to be with the Lord just months before. Dr. Hunt is survived by four children, Heidi Jones of Buckeye, Arizona, Heather Stevens of Glendale, Arizona, Bob Hunt of Brandon, Florida, Julie Hunt of Tallahassee, Florida, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren along with one sister, Pat Bunker of Asheville, North Carolina.

Memorial service was held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Lewisburg United Methodist Church in Lewisburg, West Virginia.




Save the Date: 2019 AOMA DO Day at the Legislature

Reserve your spot to attend DO Day at the Legislature on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. The DO Day at the Legislature provides a great opportunity to get an up close view of the legislative process and to meet your legislators. The day begins with an orientation followed by presentations from key legislators on healthcare issues. AOMA will help you arrange individual meetings with your legislators and you will have the opportunity to attend House or Senate hearings throughout the day. Go to


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Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing - Henderson, Nevada

Almost 75% of overdose deaths are attributed to prescription opioids, more than cocaine and heroin combined. Learn strategies for better prescribing by attending the extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioids risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) course on Friday,October 19, 2018 at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicince in Henderson, Nevada. The program has been approved for 3.0 AOA Category 1-A CME credits. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA 1 creditsTM and is intended for prescribers with a DEA license. Attendance and completion of the post-activity assessment, which covers the entire U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Blueprint, satisfies the requirements for RPC/FDA-approved completion.


Friday, October 19, 2018
2 to 5 pm
Touro University Nevada
874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, Nevada 89014
Cost: FREE to prescribers

Space is limited.
Registration is available at

7th Annual Cardiology Conference for Primary Care

7th Annual Cardiology Conference for Primary Care
Friday, September 14 & Saturday, September 15, 2018
Where High Country Conference Center
201 W Butler Ave
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Cost $100 for Medical Providers (DO, MD, NP, PA)
$50 for all other attendees
Register Go to or call

Download conference agenda here.


AOMA Office Closure - Labor Day

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the AOMA office will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2018 and will reopen on Tuesday, September 3, 2018 at 8:00 am.

Enjoy the holiday and be safe.


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AOMA Calendar of

Pain Management and Opioids: Balancing Risks and Benefits/Las Vegas - October 19, 2018
Dinner with Doctors - October 26, 2018
AOMA Board of Trustees Meeting - November 9, 2018
AOMA 38th Annual Fall Seminar - November 10 & 11, 2018
AOMA House of Delegates - November 10, 2018
AOMA Board of Trustees Meeting - January 26, 2019
AOMA DO Day at the Legislature - February 19, 2019




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