Happy New Year, Fellow Osteopaths
Published 20 February 2021
Needless to say, 2020 has been an interesting year with a once-in-a-century global pandemic, raucous national politics, changes in how we see patients (in-person vs. virtual), etc. I do not need to recap everything that we have all been through over the past 12 months — I just want to say thank you all for your continued service and representation of the osteopathic profession.
Looking ahead to 2021, I hope that the COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled out quickly so we can develop herd immunity and have some restoration of the way things were. Despite the hardships, perhaps we can look at some of the silver linings that the past year has generated:
- Virtual visits are now being offered and paid for with parity of in-office visits thanks to Governor Baker’s orders (at least for the next two years).
- An update to the outpatient billing E/M coding criteria, (the first one in 24 years!) which hopefully should make documentation less burdensome. The AOA has some helpful training on the new rules.
- Although many in-person CMEs have had to convert to virtual learning, this does open access to a multitude of learning opportunities that now will not require travel.
- Perhaps some of us have reconnected with the outdoors more, as A.T. Still has said, “The osteopath is taught that Nature is to be trusted to the end.”
I look forward to the coming year and the opportunities it brings. The MOS board and I hope to continue to advocate for osteopaths in Massachusetts, provide opportunities for medical education, and educate the public on our unique skill set.
Thank you and may your 2021 be filled with hope and opportunity.
M. David Dick, DO, MS
President, Massachusetts Osteopathic Society