Join your osteopathic colleagues in Olympia as we discuss issues surrounding education and healthcare. This is your opportunity to voice your profession’s concerns as the Washington State Legislature enacts education and healthcare reform.
The day will start at 10:00 a.m. with everyone assembling for instructions on the issues to discuss in your meetings with the legislators and updates on current legislation. Constituent appointments will be made with legislators starting at 10:15 a.m. Participants will meet with legislators to discuss issues of importance to osteopathic physicians, schools and training programs in Washington State.
Please complete this registration survey form by Friday January 10, 2020 to allow time to schedule appointments.
Anyone traveling from Yakima are invited to ride the bus from PNWU to Olympia and back.
- Administrative clarification that OMT is separate and distinct from chiropractic treatment. This is important for both DO/MD residencies and MDs who use manipulation.
- Maintenance of the Family Medicine Residency program at Skagit Regional.
- Repealing the tax on physicians and health care providers under House Bill 2158 that imposed a 20% surcharge on the B&O tax paid by non-hospital affiliated physician practices. This surcharge cost physicians $50 million annually and the additional revenue is being used for primarily non-physician related services.
- Develop legislation to replace prior authorization requirements with appropriate use criteria, using clinical guidelines that ensure appropriate, efficient, quality care while reducing burdens for patients and physicians.
- Advocate for the passage of Senate Bill 5385 that requires services delivered by telemedicine to be reimbursed at the same rate as those delivered in person. This would be particularly helpful for patients and physicians in rural and underserved communities.
- In addition, drug pricing, liability reform, behavioral health reform, opioids, scope of practice issues and adequate Medicaid rates will be considered and monitored by WOMA during the 2020 legislative session.