Welcome to the IOMA Website

The Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association is a voice for osteopathic physicians in Iowa.  There are over 1,000 osteopathic physicians licensed in Iowa.  There are approximately 61,000 D.O.s in the United States practicing in all areas of medicine from neurology to sports medicine to dermatology to emergency medicine.

As complete physicians, D.O.s are able to prescribe medication and perform surgery.  In addition, D.O.s have added training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), a hands-on treatment tool that they can use to diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses.  OMT can be used in conjunction with and sometimes in place of medication or surgery to restore mobility and function.

The Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association is located at 950 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa.  The phone number is 515-283-0002 and fax is 515-283-0355.

DMU Dean Produces Video on Preventing the Spread of Ebola
J. D. Polk, D.O., dean of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine created a training video to help health professionals prevent the spread of disease in the hospital setting. With his background in national security, public health and emergency medicine (prior to DMU), he has the training to handle these situations and thought this video would help in educating Iowa healthcare personnel.
New Ebola Guidance Documents Released
In the October 10 EPI Update put out by the Iowa Department of Public Health Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE), they announced a new IDPH Ebola Outbreak web site located at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/EHI/Issue.aspx?issue=EbolaOutbreak&pg=Ebola Outbreak Home. In the October 3 EPI Update put out by the Iowa Department of Public Health Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE), they reported that the CDC has released three new Ebola guidance documents and are asking physicians to review them.
Action to Take for Groups with 10 or More Eligible Professionals In Order To Avoid the Automatic CY 2016 Value-Based Payment Modifier Downward Payment Adjustment
In calendar year 2016, Medicare will apply the Value-Based Payment Modifier (Value Modifier) under section 1848(p) of the Social Security Act (the Act) to physician payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for physicians in groups with 10 or more eligible professionals. EPs consist of physicians, practitioners, physical or occupational therapists, qualified speech-language pathologists, and qualified audiologists. A group of physicians is defined by its Medicare-enrolled Taxpayer Identification Number.
Enterovirus D68 Update 2
CDC has clarified Enterovirus D68 recommendations for infection control and environmental cleaning. Specific guidance is included later in this article and the CDC health alert containing these recommendations can be accessed at http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00369.asp.

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