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There is always something happening at the POMA. Discover what is going on within the organization and with our members. 


Aetna Exempts OMT Codes from Prior Authorization Policy

Effective August 1, 2019, OMT CPT codes 98925-98929 are exempt from Aetna’s prior authorization requirements. Aetna made the announcement to AOA leadership during a conference call earlier this week and highlighted the collaborative efforts of the AOA and the impacted state affiliates, which includes Pennsylvania, as a major factor in their decision.

 “This change eliminates a barrier to safe, effective relief for patients seeking treatment for musculoskeletal pain, reflecting the understanding that pharmaceuticals shouldn’t be the only option physicians can immediately provide. AOA appreciates Aetna’s recognition of the value of osteopathic care and its decision to reduce administrative burden for DOs who perform OMT,” says AOA President Ronald Burns, DO, FACOFP.


PAMELA S.N. GOLDMAN, DO, Installed as the 108th President of the POMA

“We DO...”

As physicians practicing in Pennsylvania:

  • We practice in many different professional situations.
  • We serve diverse patient populations and speak many languages.
  • We manage and administer in healthcare systems.
  • We care for multiple generations of families.
  • We educate with our osteopathic philosophy.
  • We lead in our communities.

No matter the situation, we shape the practice of medicine to treat the whole person and their families. This year, POMA will focus on who we are and what it looks like to practice patient-centered, osteopathic medicine in Pennsylvania.

There are many changes within our osteopathic profession and the practice of medicine. As change is inevitable, POMA is on the front line, not only to inform our members of the changes and to provide ways to make the process less painful, but to have a voice in the process.

The Board of Trustees developed a four-pillar strategy to support the osteopathic physicians of Pennsylvania. Let me tell you about the pillars.


COCA Announces Standards Revisions Public Comment Period

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has posted for public comment proposed revisions to the accreditation standards for existing colleges of osteopathic medicine (COM) as well as new and developing COMs and their corresponding evidentiary submissions. The proposed revisions may be accessed here, and will be available for public comment until March 22, 2019.

The COCA will also hold a public open forum on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 3-6 p.m. (CST) at the American Osteopathic Association offices in Chicago. Individuals may participate in the public open forum either in person or virtually. If you wish to participate in person, please send an email to [email protected] with a subject line of “Open forum participation.” For virtual participation, dial-in information through the Zoom platform will be provided later.


Andrea Weir Named Student DO of the Year

The DO Council at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named Andrea Weir, DO class of 2021, Student DO of the Year (SDOY). She will now be considered for the National SDOY Award by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), along with entrants from other osteopathic schools across the country.

SDOY candidates at PCOM are nominated by a committee of faculty, administration, and their peers, based on myriad criteria including: a dedication to leadership, community service, the profession, professionalism and embodiment of the osteopathic philosophy.


Stop Overdoses in Pa.: Get Help Now” Week

Under the leadership of Governor Wolf, the efforts in Pennsylvania to address this epidemic have been widespread, and have brought about change on the local, regional and state levels. These efforts have taken place across numerous agencies, and also through the Opioid Command Center, established through the Governor’s disaster declaration.

On December 10-14th, the state is holding “Stop Overdoses in Pa.: Get Help Now” week. This week is aimed at helping to reduce the stigma around this crisis, to get people the lifesaving medication naloxone, and make sure people know help is available.

We need your help in this effort. Please share far and wide within your organization and community that the Wolf Administration will provide Naloxone for free to all Pennsylvanians at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment. Information on all the locations is included in the official press release here.

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