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September Newsletter

Monday, September 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Walls

September 2015


AOSED July 2015 Meeting

Links to presentations

Day One (Part I) Stream

Day One (Part II) Stream

Day Two Stream

Upcoming Events

OMED | October 17-21 | Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

AOSED Meeting | November 19 8am-11:30am |  Fairmont Scottsdale

AOA Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships | November 19-21 | Fairmont Scottsdale


- David Walls, President (OR)
- Angela Westhoff, President-elect (ME)
- Brian Bowles, Past President (MO)

- Devin Bradford (TN)
- Frazier Edwards (AR)
- Maria Harris (VA)
- Suzanne Frederick (ID) 

While I had originally intended the monthly newsletters to be brief updates on AOSED activities, there is quite a bit of information this month so please pardon the longer length of this update (at least my title was short).

Clearly, there are major problems with the current CME reporting system. The discussions through the AOSED listserv brought to light not just the various types of errors that have shown up in physician CME reports, but the immense scope of the problem. I sincerely appreciate the input that everyone has provided as it allows us to have a more complete understanding of the issues and better advocate for AOSED and our respective physician members who deserve to have timely, accurate, and complete CME reports. As CME programs are a critical component of state society activities a timely resolution to these issues is essential. Please know that the AOSED Board has voiced these concerns to the AOA, and more importantly are working for a resolution.

On Sep. 17th, I sent a letter to Diana Ewert specifically alerting her to the calculation problems on physician CME reports so they may investigate and determine how many reports may be impacted by this problem. As you know, OPSC director Kathleen Creason spoke directly with AOA Executive Director Adrienne White-Faines last week, and on  Tuesday, I sent a letter to Adrienne outlining our concerns. You can read the letter here, but the crux of the letter was an ask for AOSED to be allowed to assist in the following two areas.

1 - A timely resolution with the errors on physician CME reports
2-  Implementation of a new process/system for recording physician CME credits

I hope to have a conference call with Adrienne soon and will report to AOSED as soon as I have more information. In the meantime, please continue to send me your thoughts, concerns, suggestions, challenges, and successes (yes, there have been several) so we may continue our work toward a resolution and improvement of future systems.

Some directors had asked if they should send a blanket alert to their members to closely review their reports given the widespread issues. You of course you may do what you feel is best for your association, but I would suggest that everyone refrains from sending out a system wide alert to physicians until we have had a chance to review the issues with the AOA. For specific errors in your reports, continue to report these through the AOA CME email,, and again keep me updated so we may have a comprehensive log of the problems.

A conference call with officers from SOSE, AOSED, and the AOA is tentatively scheduled October 6th. Finally, the next meeting of the CCME is scheduled November 7th. While the priority for AOSED at these meetings is an immediate resolution to the inaccurate CME reports, we will insist for the opportunity to have direct input in new system development.

AOSED Listserv

I will be brief on my comments about the AOSED listserv as much has already been expressed through previous discussions. As I noted in my message to Adrienne, the AOSED listserv is an internal communication platform for AOSED members to learn from each other and discuss issues, challenges, successes, and other experiences. It allows a format for members to work through issues and gather information so AOSED can be effective in representing its members. ​The AOSED listserv is not to be shared outside the group.​ This is not to hide information from anyone, but allow AOSED members to have honest conversations in an open environment. When AOSED determines that it would be appropriate for information from the listserv to be shared with an outside entity, the AOSED Board will proceed accordingly with the permission from the member providing the information. ​We are looking into the possibility of transitioning the listserv to the AOSED website and I will report on our progress in the next newsletter.

I wanted to close by saying how privileged I feel to be a part of AOSED. I have been so impressed by the thoughtful, passionate, and professional discussion. It is evident that everyone is exceedingly committed to the success of their organization, and I am proud to call you all colleagues.

AOSED to Meet in Phoenix in November

The Association of Osteopathic State Executive Directors (AOSED) will meet on Thursday, November 19th from 8:00 am until noon just prior to the start of the AOA’s Advocacy for Healthy Partnership (AHP) meeting being held in Phoenix, Arizona. The AOSED Board of Directors decided to take advantage of the opportunity of all of us gathering in Phoenix to hold a half-day program. We recognize some of you may have already made your travel arrangements and you may not be able to participate due to travel logistics; however, please know that we will live stream and record this program so that all affiliates will have access to the information shared at the Nov. 19th meeting.

The Program Committee is seeking your input on topics or updates you would like to see covered at this half day workshop. Please email Angela Westhoff at to share any topic suggestions or comments. Thanks in advance for your input!

As a reminder, the AHP conference will be held Thursday - Saturday, November 19-21, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel, 7575 East Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. (Hotel reservation cutoff is 10/18/15).

The AHP conference is a series of training sessions designed to impart the knowledge and skills necessary for physicians and association staff to successfully advocate for patients and the osteopathic medical profession. To register for the AHP program please click here.

The 2015 AHP program will include a half-day Executive Director Institute on Thursday, November 19th, and is scheduled to conclude at 12:30 pm on Saturday, November 21st. This program is made possible through generous contributions from the AOA, Purdue Pharma L.P., GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and the American Osteopathic Foundation.

The AOA will reimburse one physician and one executive leader from each affiliate organization to attend this important conference. Reimbursement is limited to economy airfare at or below $500 and lodging for Thursday and Friday night (November 19-20) at the contracted rate. Attendees must attend the entire meeting in order to be eligible for reimbursement from the AOA. Please note: Executive Directors attending the Executive Director Institute will not be reimbursed for lodging on Wednesday night (November 18).
Webinar Series & AOSED Membership Survey

You will recall at our July AOSED meeting in Chicago we discussed the new AOSED website and the monthly membership poll question. This month's survey question asks affiliates to provide information about what topics related to practice management and billing/coding that they would like AOSED to explore offering for our physician members. Please complete this AOSED survey and share what topics you think your members would be interested in participating in live or viewing recorded presentations:

Recently, AOSED partnered with The Jorgensen Group (TJG) to offer an ICD-10 webinar series. The series had 13 participants from multiple states including Oregon, Ohio, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, and Maine. We will be running the ICD 10 series again in October for those who may have missed it or need additional assistance after the October 1st implementation date. You can find more information and a registration form here.

 Link to the flyer (attached) or on our website at:

 Register on line at:

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