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MOA's 2020 Midwinter Symposium: Early Registration is now Open Online!

Dates: February 7-9th, 2020 
Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, ME

Our annual Midwinter Symposium will feature clinical updates, case presentations and exciting keynotes tailored to the PCP and related specialists. Please join us for a full weekend of learning, networking and fun with our Maine DO Family!

Our room block is now open: Call 207-775-2311 to book your room for the symposium. Rates start at $124.00. Please mention our event to get the group rate.

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Did you know that you can get AOA Category 1-A Credits Online?

Osteopathic educational programs in all specialties can be found at DOcme, a collaboration between many state osteopathic associations like the MOA. Get your credits on your own time!

Visit: ​https://www.docme.org/

308 Osteopathic CME Programs are now available via this site!

MOA News

MOA Medical Economic Committee Advocating for Maine DOs

The Maine Osteopathic Association's Medical Economics Committee (formerly known as the MOA Payor/Payee Committee) has been actively engaged here on the local level with several payors on recent audits of claims relating to billing E/M and OMT codes on the same date of service with modifier 25. The Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Stephanie Collins and Dr. Kiran Mangalam with key input and advice from multiple committee members including Dr. Boyd Buser, former AOA and MOA President and national expert.

The Committee has held multiple conference calls with Anthem representatives in Maine to learn more about their policy on modifier 25 after a Provider Communications notice was sent out this spring. We have shared pertinent documents including the National Government Services (NGS) Local Coverage Determination for OMT; the CMS 2011 Federal Register; and the AMA RUC database pre-, intra-, and post- service work descriptions to demonstrate that the RUC and CMS took into account any potential overlap between the E/M and OMT codes when they established their values. Our discussions have been informative and we have an additional meeting scheduled for December. We anticipate that we will have information to share with the membership on or before the MOA Mid Winter Conference in February 2020.

In addition, the MOA Medical Economics Committee has met several times with Aetna to discuss the volume of DO practices impacted by their denials of E/M and OMT claims. We have shared the relevant documents and continue to have meaningful dialogue about osteopathic manipulative treatment. 
We have also reached out to Martin's Point to discuss the recent audits that many DOs have been impacted by which include a look back of up to two years of claims submitted related to modifier 25 when an E/M is billed on the same date of service with an OMT code. While these conversations are in the beginning stages, we do encourage DOs to appeal and to keep a detailed paper trail. If you are in need of template letters to assist you with your appeal, please contact the MOA office at 207-623-1101.

The MOA continues to advocate for appropriate reimbursement. If you have questions or need information, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Feel complete the MOA Hassle Factor Form and/or call the MOA office at 207-623-1101 to share your experience. This information helps us to track trends and changes in payment policy. 

More on the topic from the AOA: 5 Ways to get more of your modifier 25 claims approved. Click HERE to read the full article.


This giving season, we give thanks for our dedicated MOA Board Members! 
Meet one of the newest members of the MOA Board of Directors, Josephine Conte, DO who was elected in June 2019.

 

MOA Members: Join a Committee!

Would you like to become more involved in the work of the MOA, but not sure how? 
We welcome your active participation in the work of our organization-- we exist to serve YOU! We have six committees of volunteers like you that help the MOA serve its mission and its members:

  • Professional Advocacy Committee (Legislative Committee)
  • Professional and Public Education Committee
  • Medical Economics Committee (formerly Payor/Payee)
  • Membership Committee
  • Technology and Communications Committee
  • Finance and Sustainability Committee

Click here to learn more about our committees and to sign up!


Weekly E-Newsletter:

Welcome to the MOA E-newsletter for November 22nd, 2019:

  • MOA News: Happy Thanksgiving! Please Note: The MOA office will be closed for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, Midwinter Symposium 2020: Register Early & Save $50!
  • News to Use:  Stephen Shannon, DO Honored with AAMC Award, New Hampshire Board of Medicine Issues Ruling on Use of Nurse Anesthesiologist Title
  • Public Health: Vaping Now Surpassing Previous Youth Smoking Levels
  • Practice Management: MOA Medical Economics Committee Advocating for Maine DOs, MaineCare Health Home Applications Open-- Webinar for PCPs December 2nd at 12:00PM
  • Classifieds: Maine DHHS OCFS Medical Director Opportunity--Qualified applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Lisa Letourneau at lisa.letourneau@maine.gov with any questions, along with their resume.

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