Oregon Association Of Naturopathic Physicians Newsletter

Notes From The Office

Fall Pharmacy and Ethics Conference a huge success!
by: Laura Farr l Executive Director, OANP

Closing out our fiscal year with the Pharmacy & Ethics seminar is always so rejuvenating for me. It’s one of the few times that I get to feel totally connected and plugged into this thriving and growing community. Thank you to all who came, and for those who couldn’t make it, don’t miss the party next year!

FY11 Closes With a Surplus!
During our Annual Meeting, our Treasurer, Justin Ilsley, ND, LAc shared that we were expecting a small shortfall in our budget. I’m pleased to report that by close of the fiscal year on December 31, we had made up the shortfall and will actually post a surplus for the third year in a row!

OANP’s budget continues to grow, despite the recession. 2011 saw a 23% increase in membership revenue over last year, even though the number of members stayed relatively even. This is in large part due to the growing number of members who are now set up on autopay, which helps us save so much time and resources that would otherwise go toward tracking people down for renewals. Thank you!

Prepare to Help Campaign to Expand Insurance Coverage
The upcoming year will be mostly filled with working on expanding insurance coverage for NDs. Please see the legislative update below for more information and brace yourself for a frenzy of alerts and calls to action this winter and spring.

If you haven’t joined yet, or forgot to renew, we need all hands on deck to work with us on this insurance campaign. It’s up to you to make sure the OANP has the resources we need to lobby on your behalf in Salem!

OANP held its Board of Directors elections for 2012 at the Annual Meeting in December, and elected three new members.

OANP Members choose new representatives for its Board of Directors and re-elects some old favorites
by: Adam Briggs l Membership Manager, OANP

OANP held its Board of Directors elections for 2012 at the Annual Meeting in December, and elected three new members.Joshua David, ND, was elected to the open at-large position. Dr. David is a 2001 graduate of NCNM, and has been in full time practice in Portland ever since. He joined the OANP two years ago, and sought election because he "has a strong desire to work with peers and contribute ideas and tactical applications that would further the strength of our profession."

Rebecca Principe, a student at NCNM was elected as the student representative to the board. Rebecca is currently in her 3rd year of study at NCNM, and has been a student member of OANP for two of those three years. She got her undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and also studied abroad in Italy.

Wendy Abraham, ND was elected as Secretary. Dr. Abraham is a 2003 graduate of NCNM. She started her practice while doing her residency, and has been in practice in Portland ever since. She sought election as an OANP Board member "to be more active and involved in the ND community and Oregon legislation."

All incumbent members that ran for re-election were successful, including:

Sheryl Estlund as President
Carrie Baldwin-Sayre as Vice President
Justin Ilsley as Treasurer
Michael Owen and Bridghid McMonagle as at-large members

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted!


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Corinthian Colleges have volunteer medical assistant externs available for NDs in the Portland area.
by: Adam Briggsl Membership Manager, OANP

Corinthian Colleges is looking to place medical assistant externs in ND offices in the Portland area. If you are located in or around Portland and would like the free assistance of a medical assistant or a frontoffice/coder student, then contact Mike Davenport at mdavenport@cci.edu


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Emerson Quality Program (EQP) continues to advance towards establishing Industry quality standards.
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For its commitment to quality and effort to benchmark industry quality standards, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) awarded Emerson Ecologics as the 2011 Corporation of the Year. With the increasing importance of safety and quality in the industry, Emerson continues to push its EQP to the next level. In 2012, the company will verify that its entire supplier base is in compliance with cGMP manufacturing standards...

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Integrative Therapeutics offers $100 worth of product to encourage new members to join their naturopathic state association.
by: Adam Briggs l Membership Manager, OANP

Integrative Therapeutics, Inc. is an FDA registered drug manufacturing establishment which distributes evidence-based natural medicines exclusively to healthcare professionals around the world, and are also a platinum level community supporter of the OANP.

To further show their dedication to the ND community, Integrative Therapeutics has announced their 2012 Naturopathic State Association New Member Promotion, offering $100 worth of product to any new members of Naturopathic State Associations, OANP included!


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.. Continuing Education & Community Events

NCNM CE "Naturopathic Gastroenterology Conference"
January 21-22, 2012 (15 CEU, 1.5 Pharm)

NCNM CE "Insurance Billing & Coding for CAM Providers" with Ilana Gurevich, ND and Lottie Mackey
February 4-5, 2012 (3 CEU)
Info/Register: www.ncnm.edu

Introduction to Phytoembryotherapy
February 29, 2012 (1.5 Gen CE Hours for ND in Oregon)
Sponsor: Seroyal
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2012 AzNMA Spring Continuing Medical Education Conference
June 2-3, 2012 (12.5 CME credits)
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.. Legislative Updates

Need Patient Participation to Secure Insurance Coverage of ND
by: Laura Farr, Executive Director, OANP

After dozens of community and workgroup meetings during the fall, the Oregon Health Authority released it’s first draft of a proposal that attempts to set expectations for the new "Coordinated Care Organizations” that will take over care for Oregon’s Medicaid population.

Many of you participated in community meetings where the public clearly demanded naturopathic coverage, and the OANP testified before the Oregon Health Policy Board about the role that NDs play in providing patient care for OHP patients.

Oregon Health Authority Fails to Include NDs, or indeed to even define providers
Unfortunately, nowhere in the draft CCO implementation proposal does it mention anything about covering naturopathic medicine or covering NDs as a provider.

It's not that we were left off the list – there’s just no list, no definitions and no specifics included in the draft.

Without any kind of specifics, we have seen what historically has happened with the Managed Care Organizations, who currently process claims for OHP patients, which almost categorically refuse to credential a trained pool of providers mostly because of professional biases and prejudices.

Thousands of OHP Patients Seeing NDs for Primary Care May Be Forced to Switch Doctors
The draft CCO proposal makes it clear that the state hopes to move gradually move all OHP Open Card patients who may currently see a naturopathic doctor into the new CCOs.

As history has demonstrated before, without any specific language defining NDs as an eligible provider, or at least non-discrimination language, than there is a good chance that many or most CCOs would not credential NDs and that all those Open Card patients who currently see an ND would be forced to find a new provider - amongst a diminishing pool of doctors who will even see OHP patients.

How You Can Help
1. Take all calls to action seriously and act on them (see below). We need to stay in front of the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Health Policy Board, staff at the OHA, and the Legislature.

2. Forward calls to action to your patients – especially OHP clients!

3. Join or renew with the OANP. As obvious as this sounds, this takes resources folks.

January – OHA to release 2nd draft of CCO proposal, and open 2nd comment period
February – Legislature convenes for 1 month
March – OHA begins process of drafting administrative rules to implement CCOs April – OHA works with federal Medicaid programs to get approval for new CCOs May-June – Prospective CCOs will be asked to submit applications to OHA
July – CCOs will begin operating in some communities (not all communities will convert to CCOs simultaneously)

Email Oregon Health Authority Before January 18
By: Laura Farr|Executive Director

A new public comment period has been opened for the 2nd draft of the OHAs CCO implementation proposal. WRITE OHA BY JANUARY 18!

The Oregon Health Authority received over 300 emails during the last comment period from patients demanding coverage for naturopathic, chiropractic and acupuncture care in the new CCOs.

Thank you to all who took action - we are definitely on the OHA's radar screen!

The OHA is now looking at non-discrimination language that would prevent CCOs from discriminating against providers. Non-discrimination language would need to be approved by the legislature, and is being drafted currently.

That's a great start! And definitely in response to your action over the holidays!

But non-discrimination is not the same as simply adding a definition of primary care providers that includes NDs.

A 2nd public comment period is now open for the 2nd draft of the proposal.

Let's keep up the drumbeat!

Follow this link for sample "talking points” and to download a flyer to put in your reception and distribute to patients.


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Diet Patterns May Keep Brain from Shrinking
by: Gene Bowman, ND, MPH, of Oregon Health & Science University

People with diets high in several vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients, according to a new study published in the December 28, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Those with diets high in omega 3 fatty acids and in vitamins C, D, E and the B vitamins also had higher scores on mental thinking tests than people with diets low in those nutrients. These omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D are primarily found in fish. The B vitamins and antioxidants C and E are primarily found in fruits and vegetables...

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