OCMS Physician Wellness Program


The OCMS Physician Wellness Program will begin on December 1, 2017.  The purpose of the program is to help OCMS members achieve a work-life balance and avoid burnout. For more information about the program, click on the link:

Help Harvey-Affected Physicians


Members have been asking how they might be able to assist their medical colleagues in Texas who may have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Texas Medical Association Foundation established a special disaster relief fund to help those physicians who may have suffered damage from the storm to cover expenses that are not covered by insurance or another source of funding. Donate here:

Anthem is Ending it's Effort to Merge with Cigna


Today Anthem announced that it is ending its effort to merge with Cigna.

Today Anthem announced that it is ending its effort to merge with Anthem.  This is a monumental victory of organized medicine!  This victory is the result of 21 months of unrelenting advocacy before the U.S. Department of Justice, congressional committees, state attorneys general, insurance commissioners, and federal courts.

Today's action concludes a successful campaign by the AMA and 17 state medical societies to stop the Anthem-Cigna merger. The AMA and its coalition of state medical societies worked tirelessly to protect patients and block both this merger and the Aetna-Humana merger. AMA Advocacy is currently working with its AMA communications colleagues to provide you with a dynamic co-branded communications campaign that will show physicians what they can achieve when they work together, and the tremendous value of being a member of organized medicine.

AMA Statement on House Passage of American Health Care Act


AMA Statement on House Passage of American Health Care Act - Read more here.

Significant Change to DEA Registration Renewal Process


Through a notice on its website, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced significant changes to its
registration renewal process. Effective January 1, 2017, the DEA is eliminating the informal grace period which the agency
has previously allowed for registrants to renew their registrations. Only one renewal notice will be sent to each registrant’s
“mail to” address approximately 65 days prior to the expiration date; no other reminders to renew the DEA registration
will be provided. The notice also advises that online capability to renew a DEA registration after the expiration date will
no longer be available, and that failure to file a renewal application by midnight EST of the expiration date will result in
the “retirement” of the registrant’s DEA number. The original DEA registration will not be reinstated. In addition, paper
renewal applications will not be accepted the day after the expiration date. If DEA has not received the paper renewal
application by the day of the expiration date, mailed in renewal applications will be returned and the registrant will have
to apply for a new DEA registration.
The AMA has strongly expressed our concerns to DEA about this change in policy and the problems it could create for both
patients and their physicians. In letters sent Friday, December 9 to DEA Acting Administrator Charles Rosenberg and Louis
Milione (Assistant Administrator for Diversion Control), the AMA urged DEA to reverse the change to the renewal process.