Pamela Grimaldi, DO attends Family Medicine Advocacy Day in Boston


Left to Right: State Rep. Kimberly Ferguson, Dr. Pamela Grimaldi of Rutland, Dr. Pamela Sansoucy of Holden, and Dr. Fred Baker of Holden (click image to enlarge)

Posted May 12, 2017 — Pamela Grimaldi, DO (Immediate Past President of MOS) attended Family Medicine Advocacy Day in Boston on April 6th, 2017. She met with Boston legislators to discuss osteopathic medicine and causes affecting the profession. During her meetings, Dr. Grimaldi spoke with State Representative Kimberly Ferguson as well as a legislative aid for Representative Denise Provost. They discussed legislative bills on telemedicine and increasing FP residents within the state. She also provided info on osteopathic medicine and how DOs approach medicine with a whole-person philosophy.

 

AOA House of Delegates 2017- MOS Members Needed


March 21, 2017 — The MOS is looking for members to represent Massachusetts at the 2017 AOA House of Delegates. The House will convene during the AOA Annual Business Meeting, which will be taking place from July 20-23, 2017 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown.

Members of the House of Delegates vote on resolutions to be implemented by the AOA. Resolutions are items of action. Before they are voted on, they are assigned to a specific reference committee who will review them and make a recommendation for the House. These reports are presented to the House and voted on.

We are specifically looking for 1-3 alternate delegates to represent the MOS at the meeting. You must be in good standing with the MOS and the AOA, and your membership current in both. Alternate delegates don’t vote but they can testify on resolutions during the reference committee meetings and can stand in for a delegate if needed.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with the MOS and help influence policy-making by the AOA.

If you are interested in being an alternate delegate or have questions, please email us at Massachusetts@osteopathic.org by no later than Monday, April 3rd.

More information on the House of Delegates can be found on the AOA website by HOD Information.

 

2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago


2016-Annual-Meeting-Attendees-DOFRepresenting Massachusetts at the 2016 AOA House of Delegates are Vasilios Chrisostomidis, DO (standing), Pamela Grimaldi, DO (seated left), and Hollis Coblentz, DO (seated right).

 

MA Recognizes Osteopathic Physicians and AOA Board Certification


March 09, 2016 — The AOA, the American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists, and the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society requested amendments to proposed regulations in Massachusetts last July. The requested amendments sought equal recognition of osteopathic physicians and AOA board certification for mental health services in the state. Originally, the regulations defined “psychiatrist” as an MD certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. The State responded to this joint request by updating the regulations to include recognition of osteopathic physicians certified the the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Joint advocacy with our state and specialty affiliates has proven successful across the country as the strength if the osteopathic voice is amplified, thus enhancing our leverage with policymakers. The AOA greatly appreciates the continued partnership with our affiliate organizations.

 

Legislation


The Massachusetts Osteopathic Society has voted to sign on and support the following Massachusetts House bills:

  1. MA HB 1920: Seeking representation on the mobile integrated health advisory board
    Read our letter of support
     
  2. MA HB 1025: Adding MOS as a representative serving the health commission
    Read our letter of support
     
  3. MA HB 1170: Including a DO certified in psychiatry on the parole board
    Read our letter of support
     
  4. MA HB 1023: Delaying EHR implementation
    Read our letter of support
     

 

Opioid Response


On October 21, the America Osteopathic Association sent out a notice announcing the Obama administration’s plan to address prescription drug abuse and heroin use. This includes commitments by more than 40 provider groups, including the AOA, to complete opioid prescriber training in the next two years to train 540,000 more physicians and health care providers.

To assist in meeting this challenge, the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM) has provided the following links to educational tools available free of charge:

  1. PCSS-MAT training (www.pcssmat.org)
    The overarching goal of PCSS-MAT is to make available the most effective medication-assisted treatments to serve patients in a variety of settings, including primary care, psychiatric care, and pain management settings.
     
  2. PSCC-O training (www.pscc-o.org)
    Training focuses on safe and effective use of opioid medications and extensive experience in the treatment of substance use disorders and specifically, opioid use disorder treatment, as well as the interface of pain and opioid misuse.