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American Osteopathic Association Urges Congress to Pass Final Fix for Physician Payment

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

Chicago—March 23, 2015— The American Osteopathic Association strongly supports the bipartisan, bicameral effort to reform physician payment models before scheduled cuts take effect April 1. Members of the AOA applaud the members of Congress who have stepped forward to move in a new direction, together, to improve care for our Medicare participants.

HR 1470 is both critical and ambitious, but necessary to align incentives for physician payment, encouraging them to meet measurable quality standards and to provide optimal care for the patients that they serve, said Robert S. Juhasz, DO, president of the American Osteopathic Association.

“Rather than once again delaying the scheduled cuts, this Congress is poised to replace dysfunctional policy with a payment model that creates certainty for physicians and rewards high-quality care, which ultimately lowers costs for patients and the overall health care system,” Dr. Juhasz said. “If Congress can find the political will to reform the antiquated Medicare fee-for-service model, which rewards volume rather than value, it will effectively encourage new physicians to pursue primary care specialties and help ensure access to care for Medicare participants.”

The American Osteopathic Association advocates elimination of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in concert with the transition to a quality-based compensation system. Its members, including Geraldine O’Shea, DO, a member of the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees, have repeatedly testified before Congress in support of payment reform.

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The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 110,000 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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