Recognizing the significant burden placed on physician practices by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee of the AOA Board of Trustees has approved the following policy changes for the 2019-2021 CME cycle.
- At the end of the 2019-21 CME cycle, up to 15 AOA category 1-B credits will be converted to AOA category 1-A credits on an hour for hour basis. Please note the credit adjustment will not appear on CME reports until the end of the current cycle. At that time, reports will be updated to display credit totals with and without the adjustment to preserve accuracy of reporting for non-AOA use, such as verification for state licensure.
- The maximum number of AOA category 1-B credits that may be earned for committee and hospital work (as described in the 2019-2021 CME Guide for Osteopathic Physicians) has been raised from 5 to 10.
These changes impact OCC CME requirements for diplomates certified by the following AOA certifying boards:
- American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology
- American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology
- American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
- American Osteopathic Board of Neurology & Psychiatry
- American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
- American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery
- American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics
- American Osteopathic Board of Radiology
In addition, AOA category 1 CME sponsors will be exempt from the requirement to provide a needs assessment for COVID-19 related activities.