AOA President Martin S. Levine, DO, wrote to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Don Berwick on 8/29/11 to provide the AOA’s comments on the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, published in the 7/19/11 Federal Register. Developed by the AOA Joint Committee on Quality & Payment, the AOA’s comments express appreciation for and support of the effort to promote primary care and new delivery models that place greater emphasis on prevention and wellness. However, we are concerned that provisions in the proposed rule will continue to exacerbate the burdens all DOs face, particularly primary care. Among our 12 pages of comments, President Levine asked CMS to help alleviate physicians’ regulatory burdens and streamline Medicare requirements; identify and correct potentially misvalued service codes; expand PQRS reporting participation options; and more closely align EHR requirements with the PQRS. Read our full letter below.