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COVID-19 resources for DOs and students: OMM for COVID-19, physician wellness, telehealth and CMS updates

Learn about the latest tools, news and updates available to help you navigate the global pandemic.


As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread domestically and abroad, the AOA’s top priority remains supporting the needs of DOs and osteopathic medical students.

We have assembled a resource page to help physicians and medical students navigate the global health crisis—whether you are caring for patients as a frontline health care professional or supporting in other ways.

AOA staff members are continuously updating this page as new information becomes available. Here are some of the latest updates.

Webinar on wellness during the pandemic

This May 6 AOA webinar includes details on wellness strategies physicians can employ during the pandemic. It also contains information on social and emotional wellness. It has been approved for 1.5 AOA 2B credits. Watch on YouTube below. For CME, viewers must register through AOA Online Learning.

AOA webinar on wellness during the pandemic

How to market your practice now and after COVID-19
This May 7 AOA webinar shares info on protecting your practice and preparing for the days ahead with proven marketing and communications strategies. Approved for 1.5 AOA 2B credits. Watch on YouTube below. For CME, viewers must register through AOA Online Learning.

AOA webinar on marketing your practice now and after COVID-19

Physician shares frontline experiences treating COVID-19 patients with OMM in on-demand CME activity

The AOA and American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) are partnering to offer an online learning activity with first-hand accounts from the frontlines. Hugh M. Ettlinger, DO and OMM residency director at Saint Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York, shares surprising insights from treating COVID-19 patients with osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).

Participants can earn 0.75 AOA 1-B credit or 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Enroll here. Note: Any close patient contact should strictly adhere to the current CDC guidance. The AOA and AAO do not support or condone any unsafe practice of OMM without proper PPE.

Upcoming webinar on COVID-19 and smoking

The AOA has partnered with the CDC Office on Smoking and Health on its Tips from Former Smokers Campaign to host a webinar about COVID-19 risks associated with smoking. The free webinar is at 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, May 18 and offers 1 CME credit. To register, visit AOA Online Learning.

The AOA and AOIA acknowledge that support for this activity was provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

CMS & HHS updates

The AOA has compiled a digest of the latest updates from CMS this week, which include: the provider relief fund attestation deadline extension, updated COVID-19 fact sheets, modified COVID-19 laboratory test ordering requirements, a new video FAQ for telehealth payment, and a new Medicaid & CHIP COVID-19 FAQ for state Medicaid and CHIP agencies.

AOA Telemedicine Guide update

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the need for telemedicine. To help physicians with this transition, we have updated our Telemedicine Guide, which now includes the latest guidance from CMS and private payers, including the latest billing codes and guidance on acceptable telehealth platforms. For additional updates, including information on the latest telemedicine webinars, please visit the AOA’s telemedicine page.

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