AOA/AOBFP Early Entry Certification
ACOFP is excited to share that the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians (AOBFP) have announced the approval of the new Early Entry Certification (EEC) program! The EEC program will allow residents to take a shortened AOBFP initial certification exam. Residents who take this exam will have early entry into Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC), which reduces the requirements you need to meet in your first certification cycle. As further detailed in the AOA announcement, you only need to take two (2) ACOFP/AOBFP In-Service exams (ISEs) prior to being eligible for the EEC. 

View the full AOA/AOBFP Announcement.


ACOFP Women's Leadership Spotlight: Entrepreneurship and Medicine
This week’s ACOFP Women’s Leadership Spotlight shines on physician and entrepreneur Gina Charles, DO. As if being an osteopathic family physician and mother don’t keep Dr. Charles busy enough, she also runs her own businesses. Dr. Charles found time to answer a few questions and explain how to balance more than one career with her family life. She is truly an inspiration to young physicians as well as busy parents around the country! Read the Q & A with Dr. Charles titled Entrepreneurship and Medicine. See more about Dr. Charles’s businesses on her websites: Serenity Aesthetics & Wellness Medspa and Ade & Gina Studios.

Save the Dates for ACOFP '20

Save the date for the ACOFP 57th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars taking place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana from March 19 - 22, 2020. Attendees can earn over 30 AOA Category 1-A CME credits at sessions covering a range of osteopathic family medicine content. See the preliminary schedule and mark your calendar for ACOFP’s biggest event of the year!

Student Awards Open for Submissions
The ACOFP Auxiliary is now accepting applications for the 2020 Student AwardsThis year’s application deadline is December 1, 2019. Students can apply for the Marie Wiseman Outstanding Osteopathic Student of the Year, Emerging Osteopathic Student Leader or the Osteopathic Family Medicine Student Awards.  

Medicare's Move Toward Price Transparency

Earlier this month, proposed rule updates were released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the HOPPS (hospital outpatient prospective payment system) system. Included in the proposed update is that the nation's 6,002 hospitals must publish their gross charges and payer-specific negotiated charges for all items and services offered for an inpatient admission and outpatient visit. This proposed update is generating a very strong response. Under the rule, hospitals will also be required to prominently display the charges for at least 300 "shoppable services" on their websites. Read the full review of 2020 HOPPS proposed rule.