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Open Enrollment for Covered California Began Oct 1, 2013
California’s health insurance exchange (marketplace), Covered California, began open enrollment as scheduled on October 1. The marketplace, as established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will provide uninsured Americans with the opportunity to purchase affordable insurance coverage. For more please visit the official website at www.coveredca.com.
53rd Annual Convention & Exhibition
Click Here for CME Attestation, Session Evaluations, and Convention Documents
Click the link above to access the CME attestation form for the 2013 OPSC Fall Conference.
Do you still need access to the conference documents? Click here!
Maintenance of Licensure Update
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is continuing its assessment and modification of Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) efforts. Representing the osteopathic profession on the FSMB’s “MOL and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Task Force” are Geraldine O’Shea, DO (President of the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners, AOA 2nd Vice President, and OPSC Past President) and Ronald Burns, DO (member, AAOE and AOA Board of Trustees). The Task Force is scheduled to meet October 30 at the FSMB headquarters in Euless, Texas.
Take Action! The AOA is Asking all OPSC Members For Assistance: Vote for a Permanent SGR Repeal!
You can be the impetus Congress needs to continue momentum that has been building this year to once and for all permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Before Congress left Washington for its August recess, unprecedented steps were made in our more than a decade long fight against this flawed Medicare payment formula, but much work still remains.
In late July, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously to pass legislation (HR 2810) that will permanently repeal the SGR. The bill must still be voted on by the full House of Representatives and the Senate must also act. The Senate Finance Committee is working on its own proposal to repeal the SGR, and the yet-to-be released legislation must first be introduced, voted on by members of the Committee, and finally voted on by the Senate as a whole.
It is imperative that lawmakers hear from physicians like you before they return from August recess so this positive momentum is not lost. Otherwise without your voice, this year's "fix" runs out, and physicians once again face a 25% pay cut under Medicare on January 1. We need to keep the pressure on Members of Congress and urge them to commit to a permanent repeal of the SGR this year and move toward a new, stable physician payment structure.
PLEASE NOTE: This alert requires letters to be sent to both the House and Senate in separate actions.
SENATE: Urge your Senators to take action to permanently repeal the SGR.
HOUSE: Urge your Representatives to co-sponsor HR 2810 and bring it to a vote after Recess.
Protect Medical Residency Training: Save GME Action Week August 26 - 30!
Members of Congress will be urged to protect funding for graduate medical education (GME) as students from more than 40 medical schools across the nation meet with lawmakers in their home states during the AMA's Save GME Action Week, Aug. 26–30.
Part of the AMA's Save GME grassroots campaign, the action week will intensify the concerted efforts of medical students, residents and others in the medical profession to dissuade lawmakers from targeting funding for residency programs as a means to help reduce the federal deficit.
Federal caps on residency slots already have exacerbated the looming physician shortage—expected to reach 130,000 by 2025—and have kept hundreds of U.S. medical school graduates from completing their training and international medical graduates from entering the nation's physician workforce. Last year more than 500 U.S. medical school graduates were not matched to a residency program, a number that is expected to grow each year.
Now is an ideal time for medical students and residents to reach out to their lawmakers while they are in their home states listening to constituents during the congressional recess. Even if you can't meet with your representative and senators in person, you can send them an email or call them via the AMA's grassroots hotline at (800) 833-6354.
Talking points are available at SaveGME.org. Plan to tell your members of Congress that the future of American health care depends upon adequate GME funding.
AOA Reminder (2010-2012 CME Cycle)
As of May 31, 2013, the AOA will cease accepting CME credits earned during the 2010-2012 Cycle. At this time, online access to evaluation/attestation forms has been removed for all events that occurred prior to January 1, 2013. If you would like access to one of these forms, please call us at 916-822-5246 or email email@example.com.
Exciting New Member Benefit!
The Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) are proud to announce the launch of a new member benefit. OPSC has partnered with KI. KI manufactures innovative furniture and movable wall system solutions for healthcare, education, government, and corporate markets. KI's comprehensive portfolio of healthcare solutions, many of which have earned Nightingale Awards at the annual HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference, are designed to meet the needs of the patients, families and staff; create environments that encourage patient healing, support family involvement and increase staff efficiency. To take advantage of this exciting new benefit, click on the logo to the right.
Support the Osteopathic Family Relief Fund
Please help those of our osteopathic family affected by Hurricane Sandy. You can donate to the relief fund by clicking on the following link to make a donation: Osteopathic Family Relief Fund. Thank you for your support.
Resurgence book now on-line
OPSC is pleased to introduce the electronic version of "Resurgence:The Rebirth of Osteopathic Medicine in California", a publication which describes the ressurection of California's osteopathic profession from the brink of extinction. This fascinating book, filled with historical photos, tells the story of the political manipulations that nearly destroyed the profession and the gallant efforts of a small group of individuals determined to keep it alive. Authored by Michael A. Seffinger, DO, Sibylle Reinsch, PhD, Julia Melvin-McCann, BA and Olivia Solis, MA, MLIS, the book was published in 2011 by OPSC. All rights reserved.
"CalDuals" Frequently Asked Questions
Osteopathic physicians have inquired recently about California’s “dual eligibles” demonstration project. Click here for answers to some of these frequently asked questions. More detailed information can be found by contacting OPSC or accessing the Department of Health Care Services website (http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Pages/DualsDemonstration.aspx).
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