American Osteopathic Association

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American Osteopathic Association Is Committed to Assisting Physicians in Transforming their Practices to Benefit Patient Care

Media Statement             
Oct. 23, 2014                                    

Statement attributable to American Osteopathic Association President Robert S. Juhasz, DO

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) applauds the Department of Health and Human Services, under Secretary Burwell’s leadership, for today’s announcement to advance delivery system reforms through over $800 million in practice transformation grants. The AOA believes the grant funding will better enable physicians to innovate their practices to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. The AOA, on behalf of the more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, has been a longstanding strong proponent of innovative delivery system reforms.

A system consistent with the evolving needs of the public, built on valuing high-quality patient care over today’s traditional fee-for-service model is vital to improve the health of this nation.  Today’s announcement creates necessary incentives for 150,000 physicians to transform their practices by adopting new and innovative payment models including the Patient-Centered Medical Home, which is a practice model long supported by the AOA. 

The osteopathic medical profession remains committed to providing quality patient-centered and coordinated care built on a strong foundation of primary care, and further enhanced through specialty care – all of which are delivered by DOs throughout the country. Our physicians stand ready to implement practice transformations, and believe the grants will move us closer in doing so.

What is a DO?

DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the U. S. They complete four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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