On Friday, 7/20/12, outgoing AOA President Martin S. Levine, DO; past president George Thomas and I sat down with AOA member and U.S. Representative Joe Heck, DO. Dr. Heck, as many DOs know, represents Nevada's third district and is the first DO elected to Congress in nearly a century. Drs. Levine and Thomas thanked Dr. Heck for his introduction of the bipartisan “Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act" (HR 5707), which would eliminate the sustainable growth rate formula and create new models of payment for physicians participating in the Medicare program and how the AOA can assist him in seeking passage of this important legislation. We also had a candid discussion about the work that lies ahead for the remainder of the Congressional year as we prepare for the 113th Congress.