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From left: Congressman Joe Heck, DO (R-NV); LECOM osteopathic medical student Jimmy DeMeo; AOA Immediate Past President Martin S. Levine, DO, after the February 6 panel discussion on the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act.

AACOM announced its support of the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act, which was introduced by the legislation’s sponsors, Representatives Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Joe Heck, DO (R-NV) at a panel discussion hosted on February 6. Representatives Schwartz and Heck introduced this bipartisan legislation to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, which has resulted in underpayment to Medicare physicians that, in turn, has resulted in fewer physicians to care for patients, including seniors. Please see the AACOM letter of support for the legislation.

The panel discussion included testimony from the Representatives, as well as testimony from several leaders of the medical and health care policy community. Jimmy DeMeo, second-year medical student at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), served on the panel to discuss the impact this legislation would have on current and future generations of physicians. “With passage of the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act, a major barrier for those who want to practice primary care will be lifted and more medical students will potentially include primary care medicine as a choice,” said Mr. DeMeo.

 “America’s shortage of physicians working in primary care is going to continue to affect our seniors unless we act,” said AACOM President and CEO Shannon C. Shannon, DO, MPH. “We, therefore, commend Representatives Schwartz and Heck for their strong leadership in supporting a sustainable workforce that meets the needs of all patients.”

For more information on this panel discussion and legislation, view the AACOM press release.

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February 2013
Vol. 7, No. 2