The American Academy of Osteopathy

Moving Osteopathy Forward Since 1937

The mission of the American Academy of Osteopathy is to teach, advocate and research the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles, practices and manipulative treatment in patient care.

Save OMT: Comment on proposed changes to local coverage determination

National Government Services (NGS), a regional Medicare carrier in 10 states—Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island—has announced that they intend to change the local coverage determination (LCD) DL33616, which dictates coverage indications and limitations/medical necessity for OMT.

The proposed changes have the potential to negatively limit our reimbursement and could affect patient treatments and outcomes at a time when there is a need for nonpharmacologic treatment options to improve function and decrease pain. Although the current changes affect only 10 states, the rule could quickly spread across the country, adopted by other Medicare contractors and private insurers. Read more

AAO program at OMED 2016
Daniel G. Williams, DO, program chair
Sept.17-19 • Anaheim (California) Convention Center

"Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in the 21st Century," the Academy's program at the AOA's annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition, will address emerging concepts in the field of manual medicine, including medical imaging and musculoskeletel evaluation and treatment, as they relate to the disciplines of NMM, family medicine, pediatrics and sports medicine.

Save $100 when you register and book your hotel room before July 25. Use code ROOMWITHOMED.

When you register for OMED, be sure to select the Academy as one of the specialty colleges whose lectures you will attend. By doing so, you will automatically earn NMM-specific continuing medical education credit.

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Support the AAO
Since 1987, AAO members' generous contributions to the Golden Ram Society have augmented the Academy's operating budget, enabling the AAO to keep dues and other fees down. AAO member dues, for example, have remained the same for four years. Contact AAO Interim Executive Director Sherri L. Quarles for more information.


In the News

Attention residency directors and directors of medical education: If you have questions about applying for accreditation in the new single GME system, the AOA can help.

If you attended the AAO's 2016 Convocation, you can download individual presentations now. All presentations that have been sent to the AAO have been posted.

At the AAO's Convocation in March, Laura E. Griffin, DO, FAAO, assumed the 2016-17 presidency, and Michael P. Rowane, DO, MS, FAAO, FAAFP, was elected 2016-17 president-elect.

In 2015, the AAO Board of Trustees adopted a position paper proposing eligibility requirements for anyone entering residencies with osteopathic recognition. 

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Stay up-to-date on the proposed new single GME system.