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A RAM Seen In Jonesville, VA: A Free Clinic Giving Out OMT and Love
Sarah Cottrell-Cumber, OMS II, 10/13/2016
You know you’re dedicated to OMM when you wake up at 4:30 AM on a Saturday to drive 3 hours away. Eight second year VCOM-Virginia students loaded up into 2 cars and caravanned all the way to Jonesville, VA. Jonesville, VA happens to be the birthplace of AT Still—what better place to be performing OMM than in his birthplace. We arrive in this sleepy town in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains, just as the sun peaked over the mountain tops. Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics are held around the country to provide free dental, vision, and medical care to isolated, impoverished, or underserved communities. I would definitely agree that Jonesville fit all three of those adjectives. Lee High School was turned into a mobile clinic for the weekend, and we set up shop in a chemistry classroom.
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Sugar Cane Cutters and Somatic Dysfunction
Stephanie Jones, OMS II, 10/13/2016
As a second-year osteopathic medical student, my hands are just beginning to understand the difference between health and dysfunction. Most of my palpation is done on relatively healthy individuals. This past July, I joined twenty-three of my fellow students from KYCOM’s class of 2019 and we traveled to the far western portion of the Dominican Republic to the rural sugar cane fields. The cane cutters often work barefoot, spending their entire day under the roasting sun swinging a machete day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Instead of diagnosing a population of healthy 20-year-olds, our hands now encountered thin, dry muscles that felt stringy and ropy from decades of chronic somatic dysfunction. Our hands were not only able to feel their dysfunction, but we were able to apply basic techniques and make a noticeable change to our patient’s musculoskeletal system.
ONMM Review Committee News
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Case Log System for osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine (ONMM) is now available through the Accreditation Data System (ADS). Residents may begin logging cases in the system as soon as their program has pre-accreditation status. Residents in programs with Initial Accreditation are required to use the system.
Additional information regarding the ACGME Case Log System for ONMM is available on the Documents and Resources page of the Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine section of the ACGME website.
Osteopathic advocacy win: Local coverage determination respects OMT
National Government Services (NGS) has announced that they will continue appropriately paying for OMT along with an office visit as part of the newly revised LCD! This excellent news was announced earlier this morning by Boyd R. Buser, DO, FACOFP, the American Osteopathic Association’s 2016-17 president.
Call to Action: Tell CMS to exclude OMT codes
This is a crucial time for the future of OMT. Thousands of osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students recently spoke up in opposition to a local Medicare contractor coverage proposal that would create undue barriers for physicians treating patients through OMT.
Now OMT is facing an obstacle to proper valuation and payment.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering a national revaluation of the five OMT codes as part of its 2017 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule for Medicare. CMS should not be revaluing the OMT codes at this time.