Not everyone in the Osteopathic community is happy about H.R. 2


Not everyone in the Osteopathic community is happy about this bill.
Your rah rah support without any mention of the potential negative consequences to independent private practice physicians is very disheartening.

What I have seen over the past 6 years is AOA acceptance of just about whatever govt takeover of healthcare that has come out of Washington. Instead of truly having an open debate on the merits and risks of bills, laws and regulations, is just the AOA following like a lapdog?

Followers rarely succeed in remaining independent. I fear this bill puts the AOA and the Osteopathic profession in serious jeopardy in the future. How are we to continue to show our uniqueness in healthcare when we must follow all the new rules that this bill institutes? If we remain private this bill puts us at a competitive disadvantage.

When I graduated medical school back in 1991, I always thought that the AOA would have my back as I continued to grow as an Osteopathic physician. Unfortunately I no longer feel that way. With all the vocal support the AOA has given to this bill and just about every other regulation from DC over the past six years, I truly fear for my profession and the patients that I care for.

I suggest that the AOA move in another direction from here forward. Instead of following lockstep with the government, how about leading and advocating for our profession?
Why not argue vocally and publicly to keep our Osteopathic principles intact without fear of government intrusion.

This bill was not written by physicians. Yet the AOA seemed to support it profusely. In doing so you gave away the ability to steer the future of healthcare.

In the future which starts now, how bout leading by fighting for our Osteopathic physicians, the people you represent and who pay dues, instead of capitulating to government politicians, lobbyists and third parties.

If you care to respond to me, please no form letter saying you believe in the bill. Instead tell me how I am wrong and how the AOA remains independent and distinct in the future as a result. That unfortunately is your new challenge.

Steven Horvitz, D.O.


Congress puts Seniors, Children and Their Physicians First

Our voices were heard! The Senate this evening joined their House colleagues in passing the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (H.R. 2), which creates certainty for our nation’s seniors, children, and their physicians. This long overdue legislation sets a path toward coordinated care with higher quality and lower costs, which will improve public health and our economy.

What this means for DOs:

  • 0.5% Medicare payment increases for the next five years and then 5% bonuses for patient-centered medical home and certain other alternative payment models
  • Relief from multiple, burdensome reporting programs by combining EHR Meaningful Use, PQRS, and the Value-Based Modifier programs into one
  • Continuing the Teaching Health Center GME program for two more years to train residents in community settings

On behalf of the AOA Board of Trustees, I want to extend my gratitude to all members of the osteopathic community who provided support and engagement to push this bill across this finish line. We had over 12,000 emails, tweets, and calls to Congress on SGR in the past month alone. THANK YOU!

Stay tuned for more communication on this milestone legislation in the days and weeks to come.

Robert S. Juhasz, DO

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