Practice Management

Physicians Resource Guide

The American Academy of Osteopathy has developed a “Physicians Resource Guide” (continually updated) to provide information and assistance to physicians early in their careers for establishing, growing and managing successful practices. This guide has been developed with the osteopathic physician in mind to help support a practice that encompasses osteopathic manual medicine, whether they have a manipulation-based practice, a primary care practice or a specialty practice with a manipulation component.

Table of Contents

Practice Establishment

  1. Professional advisors
  2. Business entity determination
  3. Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  4. Obtaining a state licensure
  5. National Provider Identification (NPI) Number
  6. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Number
  7. Malpractice Insurance
  8. Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  9. Business Bank Account and Credit Card


  1. Attracting referrals


  1. New physician to the general public
  2. Areas not familiar with an osteopathic provider
  3. To patients not familiar with a cash practice

Integrating OMM

  1. Practice benefits from OMM
  2. Would I have to change my patient schedule?
  3. Educating patients about osteopathic treatments.
  4. What do patients need to know about OMM?
Physicians Resource Guide

AAO New Physicians in Practice New Practice Checklist

New Physicians in Practice New Practice Checklist

Billing and Coding Reference

  • Established Patient Office Visit: Evaluation and Management (E&M)
  • New Patient Office Visit / Office Consult: Evaluation and Management (E&M)
  • Diagnosis 
  • Body regions treated with OMT
Billing and Coding Reference

MedLearn Matters

CMS through MedLearn Matters and the Medicare Learning Network provides free educational materials for health care providers. The MedLearn Matters network also provides resources and training, publications and articles. These articles explain national Medicare policies on coverage, billing, and payment rules for specific provider types.

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