I look forward to the day when the number of female leaders at our medical schools and in our professional organizations will be too numerous to count and will no longer be a statistic to track—when our communities are represented by women equally in the legislature, when C-suites are filled with women and when all people, regardless of gender or race, are treated equitably based on skills and ability to contribute.
It’s been a difficult year, to say the least. The pandemic has had a lasting effect on every aspect of our lives. How we work and live has changed—perhaps indefinitely. ACOFP has been a source of constant support during these months, and I am extremely grateful for my ACOFP family for helping me through these difficult times.
I am a proud DO physician! I chose to go to an osteopathic school because of the tenets of osteopathy and the additional skills that I could provide my patients with OMT. As an osteopathic family physician, I will continue to serve my patients with the highest quality of care that I can without hesitation. I will continue to serve alongside both DO and MD physicians in ALL specialties and know that they will be providing excellent patient care because that’s just what we do!
I have only heard about the history of DOs fighting to maintain independent licensing in the state of California or being able to gain rounding privileges at traditional allopathic hospitals. I have never been denied the ability to provide holistic care to a patient because I have DO after my name instead of MD. That is why seeing such misinformation about our profession being spread through Twitter, Facebook and mainstream media seems both surreal and archaic at the same time.
NPCW aims to engage students across the health care system through special programming and communications. NPCW activities are an opportunity for student groups to help others learn about, experience and spread awareness of primary care’s pivotal role in health care. A few ACOFP members shared videos about why they chose family medicine.
Through its CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule, CMS proposes to implement several sweeping changes to the current framework and reimbursement for evaluation and management (E/M) CPT codes. These changes originally were finalized in the CY 2020 PFS final rule.
By Donna Brighton, Brighton Leadership Group Leadership goes beyond power and position; it’s about actions, routines and practices. For example, the way information is shared, how decisions are made and […]
Single accreditation gave programs and residents a new scenario—that there could be a choice for residents about which certification exam they wished to sit for. This choice has led to many residents being confused about what to do: Should they sit for one or the other—or possibly both?
Third-party payors have disturbed the service provider’s business process of fulfilling the needs and desires of their clients in health care. Insurance companies have taken away decision-making abilities from physicians and patients. Direct primary care brings that function back to physicians trained to make medical decisions in cooperation with their patients.
Introducing our newly-formatted conference: the ACOFP Intensive Osteopathic Update (IOU). This exciting event will feature four tracks with topics such as diversity, telemedicine, pain management and OMT.
We need to have empathy for the diverse situations faced by our patients and work to find ways to break down the barriers to acceptable health care for all—in particular, our underserved and underrepresented populations.
A raid at the Stonewall Inn created momentum for the LGBTQI community, leading us to Pride Month, which is celebrated across the country in June of each year. During this month events and parades are held celebrating the LGBTQI community and the progressive changes of subsequent decades.
We obviously cannot solve all of the current social problems and health disparities alone, but it is important to leverage our role with patients and in our communities as best we can to help be one of many needed parts of the solution. As physicians, we have a duty to protect the minds, bodies and souls of all our patients.
To the 2020 graduating class of osteopathic medical students, congratulations! ACOFP leadership is proud of your hard work and accomplishments throughout your four years of medical training. Your perseverance has paid off.
The CARES Act suspended payment obligations from March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2020 (referred to as the “forbearance period”), and most federal student loans will have a zero percent interest rate during this forbearance period.
The Paycheck Protection Program is a new Small Business Administration loan program established by Congress through the CARES Act to protect small businesses, including physician practices, and provide an incentive for these businesses to keep their employees and workers on the payroll.