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					Volume 10, No 1                                                                                                            Winter 2007



The President’s Podium
K. Joseph Heaton, D.O.




Another new year begins for osteopathic medicine in Virginia. It has been an interesting one so far. By now most of you have
realized that the federal government’s idea of sparing us the 5% cuts in our medicare reimbursements means that they put the cuts
in anyway, they just used accounting legerdemain to do it. Alter the conversion factor, adjust the square of pi, scew the force of
gravity, tell everybody that up is actually down, and abbra capocus...look, “no change in the fees.” In truth your reimbursements
from medicare dropped between five and seven percent. Based on a review of all of the codes in our geographic region, OMT
reimbursement is down 7% on 98926, 7.2% 98925, 6.8% 98927 Office visits down 2-3 % with the exception of the seldom used
comprehensive codes 99204 and 99205, 99214, and 99215 which were up. Frequently used procedures such as ligament/tendon
injections, trigger point injections and joint injections were down 6%. It appears that only those codes that are rarely used on
medicare patients went up, and these were offset by lowering everything else to obtain the obtuse “budget neutrality.” Orwellian
government speak is alive and well. I am gravely concerned that the new unique identifier codes and the new NCFA1500 that are
mandated to go into effect on April first are going to result in severe delays in the processing of medicare claims. The rules are
extremely vague and allow for the individual carriers to vary the use of the format fields and require additional ID numbers as they
see fit. Judging from our office’s experience with unannounced format changes and reimbursement delays, this could be carte
blanche for the carriers. I suggest strongly that you call your insurance carriers and find out (get it in wrting, email) what their new
formats are and get ready to adjust your electronic and paper formats quickly in the event of changes.

On the state side, there was quite a flurry of health related bills this session. I would like to thank the board of medicine, Paul Spector,
D.O. and others who helped me get through a plethora of “rapid reply necessary” messages. VOMA is very much in the loop as far
as getting the bills available for our comments; however, having your comments listened to seems to be another matter. Most of the
votes on the floor are “unanimous” (House and Senate). I have to conclude that these votes are simply technical and that the
decisions are actually made in the committees. If there where open debate on the floor, there would be discenting votes. We must
find a way to affect bills at the committee level rather than on the general floor. The discussion of the individual bills that came
through this year is beyond the scope of this newsletter, but there were some that will affect the practice of medicine, the teaching
of our students, and our patients quite significantly. I suggest some light reading at http://www.richmondsunlight.com on: hb1682,
hb1938, hb1944, hb2037, hb2045, hb2087, hb2123, hb2125, hb2221, hb2969. On this site are the vote histories as well. I suggest that
you read the full text of the bills as the abstracts do not do them justice.

On the up side, the organization is doing quite well. We are fiscally sound. The meetings are being very well attended, and the
membership roles are the highest on record. Our executive director has taken well to her post and the general operations appear to
be moving along well. I look forward to seeing most of you in Blacksburg for the spring convention and seminar. It is hard for me to
believe that the first crop of students graduate from EVVCOM this June. Tempus fugit.


Ut prosit,

K. Joseph.Heaton, D.O.




VOMA, serving the interests of Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons in the Old Dominion
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                                                                       the cost of accommodations is significantly less and will hopefully
                                                                       accommodate more attendees. This is a rare opportunity to visit
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S UPDATE                                            the Virginia COM that supports us so heavily and works tirelessly
Eleina H. Espigh                                                       to produce our quality, future counterparts. The conference dates
                                                                       are May 18 – 21, 2007. This is a change from the past as it will
                                                                       occur on a Friday – Monday instead of Thursday – Sunday.
                                                                       Friday lectures will begin at 1PM and Monday lectures will end
The past two quarters have seen some technological                     at 1PM, allowing for adequate travel time across the state. The
advancements in our organization. You might have noticed several       conference anticipates 25 Category 1-A credits, pending approval
subtle changes: the new website design, a slight change in the         by the AOA CCME. Please book your rooms soon, as they will
format of dues notices, and possibly a change in the membership        fill quickly.
application. All of these changes are meant to offer more efficiency
for you and potential members, as well as for our administration.      If you are interested in carpooling to the conference from the
                                                                       Tidewater or Richmond areas, please let me know immediately.
On the website front, the design has been completely overloaded
to offer a member’s only section and information to the public,        Dues statements were mailed in late January and we asked to be
much separately. We are still working on the “message boards”          returned by March 1. If you have not returned you payment,
that I had promised earlier, as well as the online payment options     please do so as soon as possible. You may also make a Paypal
for the conference registration and dues. Slowly but surely. I         payment to voma@erols.com.
hope you will enjoy the changes and take the time to use the
message boards to chat with your peers about issues affecting          Along with dues statements, you received your membership
your and your practice, and how we can better serve you as an          directory. Please email me with any changes you think need to be
organization.                                                          made to your information.

The dues notice and membership application have been changed           On a legislative note: there are been several bills going through
only slightly to ensure that we have the correct home and              the General Assembly this year. The one that impacts us the
business (referral) addresses for you, along with your email           most has been the bill that allows for direct access to physical
preferences. I have noticed that several respondents have chosen       therapists. This bill passed the House and is now in the hands of
not to receive VOMA communications via email. If you meant to          the governor. We will be writing a letter to the governor and we
check that line, please send me an email and let me know. The          hope that, if you have any influence in that regard that, you too,
membership application, similarly, has been updated, and also          will help us. For more information or the AOA position paper on
includes information on whether or not the potential member will       the issue, please contact me.
accept student and prospective student shadows. Hopefully,
this will help us to build our database of physicians who are          We have decided as an organization not to sign the Scope of
committed to spreading the profession by educating the young.          Practice Partnership with the AMA, although the AOA feels that
                                                                       it is a positive opportunity for states. The SOPP appears to
One last note on our technology updates. We are no longer              present some potential conflicts, although not intended, and the
using the email address voma@erols.com. This address is                legislative committee does not feel that we are ready for such an
flooded with spam mail and difficult to sort through. The new          agreement. As always, please contact me if you would like more
VOMA general mailbox is voma@voma-net.org (not that this will          information on this issue.
quickly fill with spam because it is published on the web) and my
new personal email address is eespigh@voma-net.org. Please             We are also looking for a CAC representative for Virginia.
don’t hesitate to contact me at any time, if I can help you.           Meetings are held in the evening and essentially discuss potential
                                                                       healthcare legislation and policy from an insurance standpoint.
The Fall conference is behind us now and the Spring conference         They are eager to have an osteopathic physician representing
is well underway. The Fall conference at the Great Wolf Lodge          the profession. If you are interested or would like more
showed attendance we never expected: 65 registrants, and several       information on the CAC, please let me know.
more walk-ins. The GWL seems to be a popular site, but if you
have any ideas for the next Fall or Spring conferences, please let     We are also looking for a representative to the Southwest Virginia
me know now.                                                           Emergency Medical Services Council. Please let me know if you
                                                                       are interested and I can provide you with more information.
The Spring conference will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech,
with Saturday lectures and OMT at VCOM. The hotel and grounds          We have completed the Healthy and Viable Organizations Audit
of the school are beautiful and I hope you will take the opportunity   for the AOA and expect positive results very soon.
to come to the conference and enjoy the country relaxation and
some quality lectures on up-to-date issues. The cost to VOMA           I’m looking forward to another productive year. I hope to hear
is slightly higher than the Homestead, but you will notice that        from all of you regarding how VOMA can better serve your needs!
Winter 2007                                                                                                                   Page 3
                                                                     management, OMM techniques, biomedical research,
VCOM COSGP Report                                                    pharmacogenomics and interrelationships of biomechanics and
                                                                     disease.
January 2007 meeting
                                                                     The Winter Appalachian Osteopathic Post-Graduate Training
                                                                     Institute Consortium and Core Hospital Day was held at VCOM
The first VCOM outreach medical clinic was launched in Veron,        on December 1, 2006. The event presented students the
Dominican Republic in the Punta Cana region. This clinic is also     opportunity to meet with residency program directors and talk
serving as the model for two other VCOM clinics that are planned     with other current students and residents.
to open later this year, one in Honduras and one in El Salvador.
These sites will be available to fourth year VCOM students who       With the assistance of the Class of 2007, VCOM is creating an
elect the international mission track.                               alumni and friends’ network to be established when the first class
                                                                     graduates this May.
VCOM hosted the Student National Medical Association Region
VI, Inc. 2006 Medical Education Conference on December 1-2.          The Class of 2008 celebrated a new tradition at the Inaugural
The conference’s theme was “Celebrating Diversity in Medicine:       Ring Ceremony. Over 20 months of work went into the planning,
Bridging the Gap for the 21st Century”. The conference consisted     design and creation of the first VCOM ring. The ring showcases
of workshops for both pre-medical and medical students, a            both a “College Side” and a “Class Side.” A new ring collection
diversity research forum, an exhibition hall and community service   will be offered to each class, with class members creating the
projects including a bone marrow drive, a teen focus group, and      design featured on their respective “Class Side.” The “College
Friday Night Friends respite care.                                   Side” will remain unchanged from year-to-year symbolizing the
                                                                     unity VCOM students will embrace as alumni.
Pre-medical workshops addressed various topics such as the
medical school admissions process, financial aid, composing a        Respectfully submitted,
personal statement and preparing for the MCAT.
                                                                     Ashleigh Dunn, OMS-II
Medical student workshops focused on multi-cultural medicine,        VCOM Student Government Association President
mission medicine, EKG readings, ER techniques, airway
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FROM CAROL MONACO                                                      VCOM Represents Osteopathic
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS                                  Family at Research Event
AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION

The Tax Relief & Health Care Act of 2006 prevents the statutorily      Many faculty members from the Edward Via Virginia College of
required 5% reduction in Medicare physician payments from              Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) participated in the Commonwealth
taking effect in 2007. As a result of the law, the 2007 conversion     of Virginia’s Joint Committee on Technology and Science’s
factor ($37.8975) is the same as in 2006. However, the actual          (JCOTS) Nanotechnology Day this past week. VCOM had a great
physician payments for 2007 are not the same as last year’s due        showing at the House of Delegates meeting as part of the
to revisions in the practice expense and work relative values,         Nanotechnology Day, supporting nanotechnology research cur-
payment limits for imaging services and other refinements such         rently underway in VA. This event provided a great opportunity
as coding changes.                                                     for the many researchers, educators, and supporters to collabo-
                                                                       rate to improve our understanding and use of such technology.
Due to the revisions to the 2007 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule,      Beverly Rzigalinski, (PharmD?), a Professor of Pharmacology at
CMS has extended the participation enrollment period to February       VCOM, represented VCOM and is a leader in the field of
14th. The effective date for any PAR/non-PAR change is January         nanotechnology research, having received funding from the Na-
1, 2007 no matter when the decision is made.                           tional Institutes of Heath (NIH) to continue her Nanoparticle re-
                                                                       search and often is asked to collaborate with other Universities,
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and its Medicare          such as Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, on such research. JCOTS
contractors have put the revised 2007 physician payment rates          will hold another Nanotechnology Day next January.
on their web sites. These revised fees went into effect January 1.
Carriers must process claims at the revised rates. Medicare claims
are held for 14 days before they are paid, therefore the earliest
any physician will receive payments based on the new rates is          CMS Announces Proposed
mid-January. For information on the 2007 fee schedule: http://         Changes to Non-hospital Train-
www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNMattersArticles/2006MMAN/                           ing
list.asp?listpage=58

In addition to payments under the fee schedule, physicians also        On 1/25/07, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
will be eligible for a 1.5% bonus if they participate in Medicare’s    (CMS) released proposed changes to Medicare policies on train-
voluntary quality reporting program. The Physician Quality             ing residents in non-hospital settings such as physician offices,
Reporting Initiative (PQRI) begins July 1 and ends December 31,        nursing homes, mental health centers, and clinics not owned by a
2007. The initiative includes the quality reporting measures from      hospital. These changes are included in an unexpected location,
the CMS Physician Voluntary Reporting Program. To become               a proposed rule on changes to the long-term care hospital pro-
eligible for the bonus payment physicians must satisfactorily          spective payment system for 2008. Although it does not respond
report quality data according to the following guidelines:             to all identified problems, the non-hospital proposal represents a
           §    If there are no more than 3 quality measures that      significant step forward, offering additional clarity and new alter-
                are applicable to the professional services            natives for determining what and when supervisory physicians
                furnished, the physician must report each of the       must be paid for teaching residents in non-hospital settings. As
                3 measures in at least 80 percent of applicable        such, it provides a basis for comment and an opportunity for
                cases to meet the criteria.                            hospitals and medical educators to present data and suggestions
           §    If there are 4 or more quality measures that are       for modifying CMS’s proposed methodology.
                applicable to the professional services furnished,
                the physician must report on at least 3 of the 4
                quality measures in at least 80 percent of the cases    Advertising Space is available in The
                to meet the criteria.                                   Virginia DO, from brief “classifieds”
           §    If there are 0 quality measure that are applicable      to full page presentations. Details are
                to the professional services furnished, the             available through the VOMA main
                physician is not eligible for the bonus payment.        office at (804)334-4655.
           §    The bonuses are subject to a cap to be calculated
                by CMS.                                                 The newsletter is distributed quarterly
                                                                        to approximately 550 osteopathic
For more information on the initiative, go to: www.cms.hhs.gov/         physicians and industry professionals
                                                                        in Virginia and the surrounding states.
PVRP
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                                                                    year. We will be collecting the names of every student who has
                                                                    reached and exceeded these 50 hours, and these students will be
Council of Osteopathic Student                                      recognized at the AOA House of Delegates in our TOUCH
Government Presidents                                               presentation, July 2007.

                                                                    Please fill out an individual participation form when 50 hours has
SGA representatives, Ashleigh Dunn and Jerita Dubash,               been completed or by April for the 2006-2007 school year,
represented VCOM at the quarterly Council of Osteopathic            www.vcomstudent.com/sga.
Student Government Presidents.
                                                                    Changing our world one community, one person, one hour at a
The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents is         time
composed of the student government presidents of each of the
23 colleges of osteopathic medicine. These student leaders
represent the nearly 8,000 currently enrolled students of
osteopathic medicine in the United States. Each and every
osteopathic medical student therefore is a member of COSGP, as      FROM THE AOA’S NEWS DESK
represented by their student leaders who travel to four annual
conferences to collaborate on the issues and concerns of this
profession via improved communication and technology, which
will further unify all students on a national forum.

At the 2007 COSGP meeting at Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch,          President Strosnider Advocates with Aetna
Florida, COSGP members covered a variety of topics between                    AOA President John A. Strosnider, DO, wrote to George
January 12th and 14th. Friday at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic   Vermeire, DO, Medical Director of Aetna, Inc., on 3/8/07 regarding
Medicine – Bradenton, members discussed subjects such as            Aetna’s use of the term “osteopathy” and descriptions of poten-
Student D.O. of Year awards, T.O.U.C.H recognition, new             tial dangers of OMT on its Web site. President Strosnider’s letter
resolutions suggested by various schools, and the annual            opposes Aetna’s misleading interpretation of OMT’s risks and
National Osteopathic Student Caucus at the House of Delegates       urges the insurance company to replace “osteopathy” with the
in Chicago. Presentations on public speaking and task delegation    more appropriate term of “osteopathic medicine.” We hope that
were also given. Each SGA president presented a school report       Aetna will revise its Web site to represent fairly osteopathic medi-
for their respective institutions. Saturday morning was open for    cine. (editors note, I was unable to locate any defamatory infor-
school discussion and after lunch all participants helped stuff     mation regarding OMT on the website as of 03/12/07, but I do not
over 6500 envelopes and flyers to raise funds for the non-profit,   know the exact page that this information had been on.)
non-sectarian project ShelterBox, which provides portable
temporary housing and supplies all over the world and even          MedPAC Presents Recommendations
places such as the Gulf Coast here in the US. Sunday resolutions    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently
were passed to divide the responsibilities and titles of the        released a report titled Assessing Alternatives to the Sustainable
Research and Education position into two separate sets of           Growth Rate System that examined alternative Medicare and Med-
responsibilities. After the conference adjourned, remaining         icaid reimbursement structures. In order to control expenditures,
participants could continue to help with extra work with            the report said that Congress must choose one of the two follow-
ShelterBox.                                                         ing options: repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) and acceler-
                                                                    ate development of approaches to increase the value of Medicare
The next COSGP meeting will be held in conjunction with DO          such as pay for performance; or replace the SGR with a new target
Day on the Hill in Washington DC, April 26 – April 29, 2007.        system encompassing all of fee-for-service Medicare, applying
                                                                    pressure where service use is high, establishing opportunities for
T.O.U.C.H. Translating, Osteopathic,                                providers to share savings, rewarding efficient care, and provid-
                                                                    ing feedback in collaboration with private payers.
Understanding into, Community, Health
                                                                    DO Honored by the American Heart Association
The SGA TOUCH program began as a COSGP initiative to                AOA member James Laws, DO, one of the stars of the documen-
encourage osteopathic medical students to integrate their           tary Beyond the Call, was recently featured in an article in the
education and knowledge into the communities with which they        Dayton, OH, Dayton Daily News. The article, “Heart Gala honors
live. Each osteopathic medical student is eligible to collect and   Miami Valley doctor,” profiles Dr. Laws as a pioneering cardiolo-
document their hours of community service throughout the year       gist, once discriminated against as a DO among MDs, who is
and submit this information to SGA Vice-President, Jennifer Crum.   being honored this month by the American Heart Association.
                                                                    Though the article also quotes the AOA Web sites describing
When a student reaches 50 hours, they receive a TOUCH pin,          DOs as physicians treating the “whole patient,” Dr. Laws identi-
which recognizes their commitment to service. As a council,         fies the “key difference” among DOs as “a kind of humility that
COSGP has decided to take this program one step further this        results from the disrespect and derision that still haven't entirely
                                                                    disappeared.”
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                                    By: Chip Graumlich, CSA

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companies that have very strong financial ratings. By considering only those companies with
strong financial ratings, you can help to ensure that the company will have the ability to pay a
claim and also to help reduce the chances of having a premium increase in the future.

Most consumers and financial professionals have relied on various rating services such as
A.M. Best, Fitch, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. While all of these excellent companies
provide a valuable service, many people become confused with the various letter ratings that
each company uses. I have found that the Comdex system has been a very accurate indicator
of financial strength and reduces the confusion among traditional rating services.

The Comdex is not a rating itself, but a composite of all the ratings that a company has
received. The Comdex ranks the companies, on a scale of 1 to 100, in relation to other
companies that have been rated by the services. For example, if a company has a rating of
99, that means it is in the top 1% of all carriers. The majority of the companies that have
increased premium rates on existing policyholders have a Comdex percentage of below 70.

In addition to using the Comdex system, it is also important to research the asset surplus of
each carrier and the annual average dividend that each carrier earns on its investments.
Focus on companies that have an asset surplus of $1 Billion or more and earn well over 5%
on their annual investments. There are companies currently selling long-term care insurance
who have well under $50 Million in asset surplus and have interest dividends under 2%.

When “shopping” for long-term care insurance, make sure you are shopping among
financially strong insurance companies.
  VA Osteopathic Medical Association’s 2007
          Spring CME Conference
                  May 18-21, 2007
The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center*
                    Blacksburg, VA
                                         Topics will include:
  • Myofascial Technique, Theory and Clinical Approach, and Application of Myofascial Technique
                • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy • Risk Management
  • Diverting Addiction to Prescription Medication • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome • The HPV Story
     • Application of OMM to SARS Patients • The Use of Heel Lifts to Level the Sacral Base
           • The Acute Abdomen in Children • Accessing the Sympathetic Neuro System
      • Update on treatment options for Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia • and many more.
                            (All topics and times are subject to change)
                         25 Category 1-A CME hours, pending approval by the AOA CCME


    Have a chance to visit and experience the new Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
                 as well as golf and horseback riding in the serene countryside of Virginia.

   The Inn at Virginia Tech is located at 901 Prices Fork Rd. in Blacksburg, VA, on the campus of
  Virginia Tech and just minutes from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Room rates for a limited number of rooms have been guaranteed through Wednesday, April 18, 2007.
     The room rate is $109/night single occupancy ($10/night for each additional occupant).
         To make your reservations, simply call the Inn at (877) 200-3360 and ask for the
                         Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association room rate.

                          * Saturday lectures will be held at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

VOMA Spring Convention Registration Form – May 18-21, 2007
Name                                                   AOA#                           Address

City                                                   State                          Zip

Telephone                                              Fax                           Email (for confirmation)

Registration fee for :                                    By 4/15/07            After 4/15/07      VOMA accepts checks, Paypal®, Visa,
VOMA dues-paying Member                                     $455.00                $555.00         Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
Non-Member                                                  $555.00                $655.00         Paypal® payments may be made to
VCOM Student                                                FREE                    $30.00         voma@erols.com. To pay by credit card,
Retired DO, Military, VCOM Non-DO                           $355.00                $355.00         please complete the information below.
                                                          Total Enclosed __________________

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Signature _________________________________________________________

Billing Address (if different from above) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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                                                                     cycle, to all members.
                                                                     More information
                                                                     For more information about the AOA's CME requirements, AOA
NEW CME CYCLE BEGINS WITH AOA                                        members can call (800) 621-1773, Ext 8262, or (312) 202-8262. They
                                                                     can also send e-mail to drodgers@osteopathic.org, fax questions
                                                                     to (312) 202-8202 or write to Delores Rodgers, director, Division of
The AOA's current three-year cycle for continuing medical edu-       Continuing Medical Education, American Osteopathic Associa-
cation will ended on Dec 31, 2006. The cycle began Jan 1, 2004.      tion, 142 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611-2864.
For the 2004-06 CME cycle, the AOA is requiring members to earn
120 hours of CME credit-30 hours fewer than the AOA previously
required.

Of the 120 hours practicing DOs need to earn to maintain AOA
membership, 30 hours must be in Category 1-A. AOA members
can earn the remaining 90 hours in any of the AOA's four CME
categories: 1-A, 1-B, 2-A and 2-B.
In addition, DOs who are AOA board-certified must earn at least
50 of their 120 hours in their primary specialties. Those CME
credits can be in any category.

Earning CME
AOA members have plenty of opportunities to earn CME credit
from osteopathic medical organizations. Nearly all of the meet-
ings listed in The DO's "Coming Events" column carry Category
1-A credit. Each of the AOA's annual conventions, for example,
provides enough total CME to meet nearly one-half of
members'three-year requirements.

In addition, DOs who serve as preceptors can earn up to 60 hours
of Category 1-B credit. AOA members who read JAOA-The Jour-
nal of the American Osteopathic Association can receive two
hours of Category 1-B CME credit each time they complete a quiz
in the Journal or its supplements. Those who complete the quiz-
zes in The DO's supplement, The Whole Patient, can receive one
hour of Category 1-B credit per issue, as can DOs who take the
quizzes in the newsletters AOA's Women and Wellness and AOA
Health Watch. AOA members can earn a half-hour of Category 2-
B credit for each osteopathic and allopathic medical journal they
read.

Where to find CME courses
in addition to viewing the listings for CME programs in the "Com-
ing Events" column, AOA members can find a more extensive list
of CME programs on DO-Online at www.doonline.org. Members
can click on the "Calendar of Events" link on DO-Online's home
page. Keeping track of CME
So that AOA members are kept apprised of how many CME cred-
its they have earned, AOA members can access their CME activ-
ity reports any time through the DO-Online Web site by logging
on to the password-protected site on www,do-online.org and click-
ing on the link titled "CME" on the left-hand navigation bar. July
2006 was the last month that the AOA mailed CME activity re-
ports, which outline all of the CME credits reported to the AOA
Division of Continuing Medical Education during the current CME
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                                             Calendar of Events
March 14-18, 2007-Family physicians. American College of Osteo-           March 29-31, 2007-Physical medicine and rehabilitation
pathic Family Physicians, 44th annual convention and scientific semi-     American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
nar, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Fla.          Sports Medicine Conference, Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge, Colo.
Contact Part L. Moskal, dir of education and conventions, ACOFP, 330      CME credit: Category 1-A, 21 hours anticipated. Contact Peter Markos,
E Algonquin Road, Suite 1, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4665, (800)        DO, interim exec dir, AOCPMR, PO Box 732, Dover, NH 03821-0732,
3230794, fax (847) 228-9755, pattm@acofp.org or www.acofp.org.            (603) 3431937, fax (603) 343-1938, CME2007Breckenridge@aocpmr.org
                                                                          or www.aocpmr.org.
March 16-18, 2007-Anesthesiologists' midyear. American Osteo-
pathic College of Anesthesiologists, midyear meeting, Hotel Interconti-   March 27-April l, 2007-Obstetricians and gynecologists.
nental, Chicago. CME credit: Category 1-A, 19 hours anticipated. Con-     American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 74th
tact Glenna Vazzano, exec secretary, AOCA, 6500 NW Tower Drive,           annual convention, LaQuinta (Calif) Resort and Club. Contact Valerie
Suite 103, Kansas City, MO 64151-1530, (800) 842-2622, (816) 5842622,     Smith, assoc exec dir, ACOOG, 2615 Merrick St, Fort Worth, TX 76107-
fax (816) 584-2620 or Osteoanest@aol.com.                                 5238, (800) 875-6360, (817) 377-0421, fax (817) 377-0439,
                                                                          valeriesmith@acoog.org or www.acoog.org.
March 22-25, 2007-Sclerotherapeutic pain management's midyear.
American College of Osteopathic Sclerotherapeutic Pain Management         April 25-28, 2007-SOMA's spring. Student Osteopathic Medical
and the Kansas City (Mo) University of Medicine and Biosciences,          Association, annual spring convention and House of Delegates'
Prolotherapy With Anatomy Lab, The Intercontinental Hotel at the          meeting, Washington, DC. Contact Elizabeth Hodor, administrator,
Plaza, Kansas City, Mo. CME: Cat 1-A, 26 hours anticipated. Contact       SOMA, 142 E Ontario St, Suite 825, Chicago, IL 60611-2864, (800)
Linda Pavina, exec dir, 303 S Ingram Court, Middletown, DE 19709-         237-SOMA, (312) 202-8193, fax (312) 202-8224, soma nat@aol.com,
7935, (800) 471-6114, admin@acospm.corn or www.acospm.com.                ehodor@osteopathic.org or www.studentdo.com. Note: This meeting is
                                                                          being held in conjunction with the ACA's DO Day on Capitol Hill on
March 22-26, 2007-Internists. American College of Osteopathic Inter-      April 26.
nists, 16th annual internal medicine board review, Hilton Clearwater
Beach Resort, Clearwater, Fla. CME: Cat 1-A, 38 hours anticipated.        May 3-6, 2007 Indiana 110th Annual Convention 30+ hours AOA Cat.
Contact Susan B. Stacy, dir of administration and finance, ACOI, 3        1-A credit anticipated Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, Merrillville, IN
Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 508, Bethesda, MD 20814-5383, (800)          Sponsor: Indiana Osteopathic Association Contact: IOA, (800) 942-
327-5183, , fax (301) 656-7133, susan@acoi.org or www.acoi.org.           0501 or (317) 926-3009




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