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AOA Settles Lawsuit, Decouples Board Certification & Membership

Monday, August 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Walls
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The American Osteopathic Association has settled the class action lawsuit regarding mandatory membership in the AOA as a condition for osteopathic board certification. Among the provisions of the settlement, the AOA has agreed to:


- Decouple Membership & Board Certification: The AOA will remove the requirement for membership in the AOA as a condition for AOA Board Certification


- Moratorium on certification Maintenance Fees: The AOA will terminate the $90 certification maintenance fee from Jun 1, 2019 through May 31, 2022


Dues Reduction: The AOA will reduce membership dues by $90 (from the current $683 fee) for the 2019-2022 membership years


- Osteopathic Continuous Certification: The AOA will not require Osteopathic Continuous Certification for Lifetime Opsteopathic Board Certification holders


- Complimentary Online CME:  The AOA will provide 2 online CME courses per year to members at no charge from January 1, 2019-December 31, 2021


All AOA members should have received a formal notification of the settlement on August 9 outlining the full provisions. 


The final settlement must still be approved by the court. Class members may choose to object to the settlement, but they cannot exclude themselves from the settlement or class. The AOA has produced and FAQ and announced the settlement in The DO.









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