To Laura Wooster at AOA
Thanks for the SGR update.
May I now ask what the AOA is doing for Osteopathic physicians who have opted out of Medicare as well as most other third party insurers?
Is the AOA planning on protecting the rights of individual physicians to work outside the SGR government insurance system by declaring it a safe alternative to becoming further addicted to government and third party money for independent practice survival?
I ask because most all of what I have been receiving from the AOA in their daily briefs and updates is how the AOA has a seat at the table and is working for Osteopathic physicians. Well not all Osteopathic physicians want to work within the straight-jacket of the present system and instead are taking their skills direct to their communities and patients. I see more and more stories every day of doctors leaving group and hospital practices to go out on their own and once again hang up their shingle.
I ask you when will we see the AOA declare that private independent physicians will be safe from government and insurers edicts because the AOA represents all physicians, not just those that have succumbed to the changes in the present healthcare system?
When will the AOA realize that private physicians have respectable niches in their communities and the AOA’s decision to begin OCC (Osteopathic Continuous Certification) is only designed to make us all look alike for hospitals, insurers and government?
When will the AOA start representing first and foremost its member physicians instead of a political system bent on changing everything about our noble profession. It does not matter which political party is in charge, politicians want to control the flow of money and by the AOA being at the table, the AOA is only giving the politicians more power. Expect to be eaten up by the politicians. Whatever they promise rarely occurs. If they give you two dollars today they will find a way to take ten dollars from you tomorrow.
It is time the AOA trusts its member physicians and removes itself from the begging at the feet of politicians, and endorses a return of the Osteopathic principles and practice of treating individuals, not insurance, not administrators, not populations, and definitely not covered lives.
If you would like to discuss this further feel free to contact me at any time.
Steven Horvitz, D.O.