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Welcome to the MOA E-newsletter for August 15th, 2019:

  • MOA News: We're Hiring! Please Share our Job Description. PLUS---Last Chance for FREE tickets to the Sea Dogs next week, August 20th-- Contact Amanda Richards to reserve yours!
  • News to Use: New AOA Certification in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Available, Dominic King, DO Named Medical Consultant for Esports, AOA Calls for Input on Osteopathic Practice Survey
  • Practice Management: New Anthem Clinical Validation Policy Announced July 2019, AOA Webinar on Defending Recoupments, Repayment Demands and SIU Audits scheduled for Oct 9th-- Register HERE!
  • New Job Opportunity: Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency Seeks ONMM Faculty Physician-- Scroll to bottom for details, see or contact Michelle Bragg at 207- 626-1891 

MOA News

We're Hiring!

To better serve our members, the MOA is looking for an Office Manager & Membership Coordinator to join our small staff team.

Please share our job description: Click here to access.
Link to Job Posting on Indeed.

Applicants should send a cover letter, salary requirements and resume to Amanda Richards, Director of Operations at or apply online via Indeed. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Desired start date as soon as possible, preferably before October 1st.

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Change to Online CME Program Access via DOcme

Due to a change in service provider, please note that MOA online CME programs can now be found at 

308 Osteopathic CME Programs are now available via this site!
Here is one of the MOA's newest online programs:

Goals of Care Conversations, Hospice and Medications in Advanced Illness
Category: Family Medicine |  1-A AOA CME |  Continuing Education |  General Practice |  Geriatrics |  Hospice/Palliative Care |  MOA |  Patient Needs |  Primary Care
Faculty: Elizabeth Hart |  Nathan Harmon DO
Credit:1 Category 1-A AOA Credit
Price: $40.00
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News to Use

New AOBIM Certification Opportunity

The AOA and American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) are pleased to announce a new certification opportunity in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. This AOBIM certification will recognize the distinct and critical knowledge, skills, abilities, and judgments that practicing physicians require in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology specialty. 

Applicants must be AOBIM board-certified specialists in Cardiology. Eligible applicants must have completed three years of an ACGME- or AOA-recognized fellowship program in Cardiology, followed by a one year ACGME- or AOA-recognized fellowship program in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. For the first three years/three examinations (2019, 2020, and 2021), cardiologists certified by AOBIM who have not completed formal training in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology will be eligible to apply for the Certification Examination in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology via the practice pathway.

Please visit the AOBIM website for more information regarding the practice pathway criteria. For questions, contact the AOBIM via email or call (312) 202-8274.

University of Akron Names Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Official Medical Provider Of Esports
Dominic King, DO, a sports medicine physician and director of the esports medicine program at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, will serve as the medical consultant for Akron Esports, Crain’s Cleveland Business reports. He and his team will work to administer baseline neurocognitive evaluations and baseline gaming ergonomic evaluations, and discuss esports nutrition, fitness, training and psychology. 

AOA Calls for Physician Input on Osteopathic Practice Survey

The AOA is conducting a large-scale national survey to gather data on the characteristics and activities of physicians engaged in distinctively osteopathic medical practice. All DOs certified by either AOA or ABMS are encouraged to participate. The evidence gathered will support a distinct osteopathic certification pathway for the AOA specialty boards.  

The participation of AOA-certified physicians in the survey is critically important. Respondents will be asked to rate the importance and frequency of tasks and skills that osteopathically-trained physicians perform in their practice. 

Individual responses will be confidential. All participants will receive one hour of 1-B CME credit and the opportunity to win one of two $100 Amazon gift cards. 

If you have any questions or difficulty accessing the survey, please email AOA Staff

Complete The Survey

AACOM Report Data Suggests Large Increases in Female and URM Applicants for 2018-2019

Key findings in these reports:

The percentage of female applicants and those from underrepresented minorities (URMs) continued to increase. This year’s applicant pool reflected the highest percentage of females since 1977 and URMs since 2002. Specifically:

  • Female applicants constituted 52.6 percent of the AACOMAS application pool, an increase of 1.3 percent compared from last year.

  • URM applicants composed 17.0 percent of the AACOMAS pool, an increase of 0.6 percent compared from last year.

You can review these and other recently published reports on AACOM's research page.

Public Health Updates

USPSTF Recommends All Adult Patients Be Screened For Illicit Drug Use

The New York Times (8/13) reports the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued draft recommendations Tuesday that all adult patients be screened “for illicit drug use, including improper use of prescription medications.” The USPSTF did not extend this recommendation to teens, citing lack of research on adolescent screening benefits. Though USPSTF “guidelines are not binding...a provision in the Affordable Care Act says that services recommended by the task force must be covered by insurance with minimal or no co-payment.”

        The Wall Street Journal (8/13, Subscription Publication) reports the draft recommendation encourages physicians to discuss illicit drug and opioid use and to include questions about such use in patient questionnaires.

CDC Says West Nile Cases In The US Rose In 2018

CNN (8/9) reported, “The number of West Nile virus cases rose across the United States last year, killing 167 people, according to data released Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” The CDC said there were 2,647 cases in 2018, an increase in 550 cases from 2017. CNN added that “the virus’s most severe form,” neuroinvasive disease, “was also more common last year than in years prior, according to the agency.”

        TIME (8/9) reported that “transmission patterns appeared to shift to new regions, according to” the CDC. The article added, “The vast majority of cases were contracted during the summer, and 63% of cases progressed to include neurologic symptoms, a 25% increase over the average from 2008 to 2017.” California recorded “the most cases of any state, at 154, but the CDC notes that diagnoses were less common than usual there and in other Western states.” The article said, “The Midwest reported the highest case counts overall.”

Practice Management 

Anthem Clinical Validation Policy

In a July 2019 communication to network physicians, Anthem announced it will update the audit process for claims with modifiers used to bypass claim edits by conducting reviews using a pre-payment clinical validation process. Claims appended with modifiers 25, 57, and 59 will be included in the new review process – anatomical modifiers will also be subject to review. The process will be implemented in the 14 states where Anthem operates, with effective dates ranging from Sept. 1, 2019 through Oct. 1, 2019.

According to Anthem, “the clinical validation review process will evaluate the proper use of these modifiers in conjunction with the edits they are bypassing, such as the National Correct Coding Initiative.” To view the communication Anthem sent to its network physicians, please click here.

Concerned about this policy? Please feel free to reach out to the MOA 207-623-1101! And see an update below from the MOA Medical Economics Committee, which is conducting ongoing work with payors, advocating for fair and appropriate reimbursement.

Defending Recoupments, Repayment Demands and SIU Audits
AOA Live Webinar on October 9, 2019 at 6:45PM Central Time (US and Canada)

This activity has been approved for 1.0 AOA Category 2B CME credits. 

Duration: 60 minutes
Panelist: Thomas Force, JD
Cost: Members $30.00/Non-Members $45.00
Post-test available until: October 16, 2019 at 11:59PM CST

Register HERE.

CMS Change to Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule


60 Day Comment Period is OPEN (Comments due September 27). Click here for more information on submitting comments and the full text of the proposed rule.

CMS Understanding 3 Key Topics Listening Session: Monday, August 12th View Slides here.

Want more info? Read up on articles from MedScape and the AOA's publication The DO

MOA Medical Economics Committee Update-- July 19th, 2019Image result for denial graphic

The Maine Osteopathic Association’s Medical Economics Committee (formerly Payor/Payee Committee) has received a number of recent calls and emails from members regarding concerns about osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) payment policy. The MOA Medical Economics Committee and staff review these complaints which are typically sent via the MOA Hassle Factor Complaint form.

The complaints have largely focused on the issue of Evaluation/ Management codes billed on the same date of service with OMT codes using Modifier 25. The MOA has met with private insurance companies (including Anthem, Aetna and Harvard Pilgrim) to discuss these concerns and share information about standard coding conventions. We have also provided background information to representatives from insurance companies regarding how osteopathic physicians practice and how OMT codes are valued.

We know that members are concerned about the volume of denials they are receiving. We are actively educating and advocating for fair and appropriate reimbursement. We are making slow progress.

We encourage members to review all denied claims. Be sure to follow instructions regarding re-submitting the claim and providing documentation upon appeal. We would also remind you to keep detailed records. We understand that these changes in payment policy create additional administrative burdens and can also negatively impact patient care.

The MOA is collecting information, continuing our educational efforts, are looking to organize a billing and coding workshop this fall. We will keep the membership updated on our progress on meeting with insurers. If you have concerns about medical claims being denied, feel free to complete the MOA Hassle Factor Form and/or call the MOA office at 207-623-1101. This information helps us to track trends and changes in payment policy.

AOA Members: You can also contact the AOA Physician Services team for assistance by email at


Upcoming Events

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MOA Midwinter Symposium
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME
February 7-9th, 2020

109th Annual Convention
The Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME
June 5-7th, 2020

September 23–25
JW Marriott Chicago

ABMS Conference 2019 is your premier opportunity to learn about innovations in physician assessment, learning and improvement. At this national conference you will expand your knowledge, share best practices, connect with your peers, and engage in professional development opportunities.

Join more than 500 professionals from across the health care community who will accelerate the transformation of Board Certification and the delivery of quality patient care. Visit

Integrated Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians

The Integrated Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians features hands-on training on real patients by world renowned master, Kiiko Matsumoto, and other recognized experts in acupuncture. Learn how to integrate acupuncture into your busy medical practice.

The course runs September 23, 2019 - June 8, 2020 at the AC Hotel by Marriott Boston Cambridge in Cambridge, MA. Unique access to web-based learning with 4 live weekend sessions in the beautiful and historic Boston, Massachusetts.

300+ AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM and AOA Hours

In the course, you will learn how to:

  • Combat the opioid crisis and develop skills to offer patients effective alternative treatments, Become an expert in dry needling, Incorporate basic osteopathic methods of assessment and treatment into your practice, Acquire techniques for rapid treatment of emergency medical conditions, Acupuncture practice management

  • Help your patients effectively manage a variety of complex problems including Pain, OB/GYN, Hormonal, GI, Cardiovascular, Neurological and Psychiatric, Structural and Orthopedic, Autoimmune and Autonomic, etc.

  • Learn a variety of treatment strategies and acupuncture techniques, including Ear Acupuncture, Scar Treatment, Myofascial and Neuroanatomic Treatments, Dry Needling, Electroacupuncture and Laser techniques, Osteopathic Assessment, Nutritional Integration , Cosmetic Acupuncture and more!

For more info visit us today at

Learn more about the course details or print a course schedule.


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Cambridge, MA

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8th Annual Let's Go! National Obesity Conference

September 26 & 27, 2019
(Check-In & Breakfast start at 7:30 AM)

MaineHealth Conference Center
110 Free Street, Portland, Maine 

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The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs – October 9 

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering two training programs in 2019. The first will be June 21 in Waterville at Colby College. And the second on October 29 in South Portland at the Double Tree hotel as the Youth Concussion track at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. Online registration will be available in September.

Level 1 is the Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management. Level 2 is Advance Concussion Management that includes interpreting neurocognitive tests. Level 1 will be held in the morning and Level 2 will be held in the afternoon. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.

MCMI training is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuro-psychologists, school nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic administrators/directors, and coaches.

For more information or to register:

2019 General Information sheet

2019 Registration form

At this time online registration through the MCMI website is not available – you will need to mail in your registration and payment. For any questions – please contact: Jan Salis, PT, ATC, at or 207-577-2018.

FDM Module 1: Shoulder, Ankle and Knee @ UNE COM Oct 18-20, 2019-- 20 Hrs CME

What is FDM?  FDM is an osteopathic model of assessment and treatment. It teaches the pattern recognition of patients’ subtle, and often subconscious hand gestures of HOW they describe their symptoms. FDM identifies six patterns of hand gestures, each with a signature presentation and clinical progression.
Manual treatment for each pattern can lead to faster resolution of symptoms, increase in ROM, and improvement in patient function.

Register at Enter Code EARLY10 for 10% off until Sept 20th

14th Annual University of Maine Geriatrics Colloquium: Innovations in Dementia Care

Click here to register for the Geriatrics Colloquium on Monday, October 28, 2019.

Want to learn more? Click here to view the program of the day, and click here to visit our webpage with a link to register as a sponsor, exhibitor, or participant.

Osteopathic Cranial Academy CME Offerings


November 8-10, 2019

Visual Somatic Dysfunction – Diagnosis and Management

Course Director: Paul Dart MD FCA

Eugene, Oregon


February 15-19, 2020 Midwinter Introductory Course in

Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

Course Director: Zina Pelkey DO FCA

Associate Director: Therese M. Scott DO

Hilton Norfolk The Main

Norfolk, Virginia


The Osteopathic Cranial Academy

3535 E. 96th Street, Suite 101    Indianapolis, IN 46240

(317) 581-0411    FAX: (317) 580-9299


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Classified Ads & Job Postings 

ONMM Faculty Physician, Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency

At the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency you will find a close-knit community of allopathic and osteopathic physicians who love to teach. We are seeking an NMM-certified osteopathic physician, also boarded in family medicine or internal medicine, with comprehensive skills in direct and indirect manipulative techniques and a passion for teaching, to join our one-year osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine (ONMM) residency as faculty. This position combines clinical work with protected time for teaching and research. Our unique collaborative care center blends osteopathy, behavioral health, and integrative medicine for a holistic and patient-centered approach to care. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, flexible, and dedicated to high quality patient care. Experience in multiple modalities and interest in consultative inpatient and specialty outpatient practice is a must. Maine-Dartmouth is located in central Maine with easy access to the mountains, lakes, and coast. We offer a very competitive benefit package that includes loan repayment and paid sabbatical, and a welcoming work environment.

For more information see or contact Michelle Bragg at 207- 626-1891.  To apply, please email cover letter and CV to Michelle Bragg

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