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AOA Membership No Longer Required for Board Certification

Wednesday, January 16, 2019  
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The AOA Lawsuit was settled December 13, 2018. AOA must end its practice of coupling membership with board certification and must waive a $90 annual certification fee for three years. After the 3 years are up, the AOA reserves the right to evaluate their membership dues structure, and could potentially raise dues. They cannot however, “re-couple” membership to Board Certification.

Under the terms of the settlement, AOA can no longer suspend a physician’s membership for failing to meet a CME requirement, provided the physician satisfies the CME requirements for state licensure. However, each AOA certifying board will continue to set CME requirements for maintaining certification.

After decoupling, AOA certification will be open to non-members – DOs and MDs.

Nonmember physicians will need to keep comprehensive records to document completion of the required CME and provide such documentation to the applicable certifying board. AOA’s TraCME service is available only to members.


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