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American Osteopathic Association Supports White House Advisory Council’s Call for Physician Payment System that Values Quality of Care over Quantity, and Urges Congress to Act this Year

Media Statement
​May 30, 2014

Statement attributable to American Osteopathic Association President Norman E. Vinn, DO​

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians ​(DOs) and osteopathic medical students, welcomes new recommendations from the ​President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) calling for a transition to health care payment models that focus on value rather than volume of services. The PCAST’s report should underscore the need for Congress this year to pass meaningful Medicare physician payment reform to stabilize payments to physicians that would preserve their ability to provide high-quality care for millions of U.S. seniors.

The PCAST’s report calls on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to convene public and private payers, including Medicare, Medicaid, state programs, and commercial insurers, and employers to discuss how to accelerate the transition to outcomes-based payment models and support medical practice transformation. Likewise, the AOA has been a long-time advocate for repealing the antiquated Sustainable Growth Rate formula currently used to determine Medicare payment rates and replacing it with a system that offers incentives to physicians to adopt new and innovative payment models, such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home, which is a practice model long supported by the AOA.

The AOA is hopeful that Congress will take the message delivered by the PCAST and begin working now to build upon the many months of hard work by bipartisan, bicameral negotiators over the past year to advance Medicare physician payment reform legislation. Additionally, the White House should heed the report’s call and urge Congress to pass permanent and meaningful physician payment reform this year, before the cost of doing so rises once again and puts reform further out of reach.

What is a DO?

DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. 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 www.osteopathic.org​.

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Media Contact:
 

​Mike Campea
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mcampea@osteopathic.org​

 

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