FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement attributable to Martin S. Levine, DO, President of the AOA
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld all major provisions of the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (Affordable Care Act) (Public Law 111-148).
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) believes that significant strides have been made to improve the nation's health care system and ensure that millions of patients have access to quality health care—and much work remains to be done in this regard. We remain committed to promoting the critically important role of primary care physicians and continuing efforts to develop and expand patient-centered models of care, which place greater emphasis on continuous, comprehensive and coordinated care, such as the patient-centered medical home and accountable care organizations. Our efforts to both improve the delivery of quality care to our patients and ensure appropriate payment for services will continue. We remain hopeful that progress can now be made towards the full repeal of the systemically flawed sustainable growth rate formula and the enactment of comprehensive medical liability reforms.
The AOA stands ready to work to ensure the highest quality care for all patients and to work with Congress and the Administration to continue to improve the nation’s health care system. Through collaboration, we can advance policies that increase access to care, improve the quality of health for patients, and achieve reduced costs for individuals and payers.
About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association proudly represents more than 100,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and medical students, practicing in 31 specialties and subspecialties; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical colleges; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.
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