AOA/AOBFP Early Entry Certification
ACOFP is excited to share that the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians (AOBFP) have announced the approval of the new Early Entry Certification (EEC) program! The EEC program will allow residents to take a shortened AOBFP initial certification exam. Residents who take this exam will have early entry into Osteopathic Continuous Certification (OCC), which reduces the requirements you need to meet in your first certification cycle. As further detailed in the AOA announcement, you only need to take two (2) ACOFP/AOBFP In-Service exams (ISEs) prior to being eligible for the EEC. 

View the full AOA/AOBFP Announcement.


AOF Physician of the Year - Rob Danoff, DO, MS, FACOFP
ACOFP congratulates Rob Danoff, DO, MS, FACOFP for being named the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) 2019 Physician of the Year! The award was given to Dr. Danoff in recognition of his exemplary work, demonstrated leadership and steadfast clinical performance as well as his passion for, and unwavering commitment to, the osteopathic profession. 

Crain's Chicago Notable LGBTQ Executive - Jeffrey S. Grove, DO, FACOFP dist. 
Congratulations to Jeffrey S. Grove, DO, FACOFP dist., who was chosen by Crain’s Chicago Business as a Notable LGBTQ Executive. An ACOFP Past President and Founder of the ACOFP LGBTQI+ Committee andthe Jeffrey Grove Minority/LGBTQI+ Health Disparity & Wellness Poster Competition, Dr. Grove is a champion for diverse populations in osteopathic family medicine and for the LGBTQI+ community. Dr. Grove’s work supporting patients in minority groups and helping to educate family physicians on their care is an inspiration to all!

Student Awards Open for Submissions
The ACOFP Auxiliary is now accepting applications for the 2020 Student AwardsThis year’s application deadline is December 1, 2019. Students can apply for the Marie Wiseman Outstanding Osteopathic Student of the Year, Emerging Osteopathic Student Leader or the Osteopathic Family Medicine Student Awards.  

Medicare's Move Toward Price Transparency

Earlier this month, proposed rule updates were released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the HOPPS (hospital outpatient prospective payment system) system. Included in the proposed update is that the nation's 6,002 hospitals must publish their gross charges and payer-specific negotiated charges for all items and services offered for an inpatient admission and outpatient visit. This proposed update is generating a very strong response. Under the rule, hospitals will also be required to prominently display the charges for at least 300 "shoppable services" on their websites. Read the full review of 2020 HOPPS proposed rule.