Archive for August of 2009
When Congress returns from its summer recess, it will launch full swing back into the health care reform debate. In order to keep osteopathic physicians and students up-to-date and provide a forum to have their questions answered on the ongoing health reform debate, the AOA will host its second Web-based Town Hall Meeting, "Congress' Plans to Reform the Health Care System – Part II," on 9/8/09 at 7:30pm CDT. This event will provide an up-to-date analysis of the proposals being discussed and how they fit into the AOA's legislative and advocacy agenda. Register online today. To submit questions in advance of the Town Hall Meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AOA members William H. Stager, DO, and Anna Hayden, DO, met with Congressman Ron Klein (D-FL22) today in his office in Boca Raton, FL, on behalf of the AOA, the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, and the osteopathic medical profession at large. Drs. Hayden and Stager presented Congressman Klein with AOA handouts on health care reform, and he listened as they discussed the many points of the AOA's recommendations. They report that Congressman Klein is sincerely interested and engaged in the health care reform process and supportive of the AOA’s advocacy agenda and the osteopathic medical profession. See a photo of the three below.
To address many members’ concerns about health system reform, AOA President Larry A. Wickless, DO, wrote an open letter to all osteopathic physicians, osteopathic medical students, and AOA family members today. The letter explains why the AOA has come out in support of several federal health reform proposals, demonstrating that much of the legislation is consistent with the AOA’s policy compendium, which is established by AOA membership and approved by the AOA House of Delegates. President Wickless is committed to “Leading Change” by supporting heath system reform efforts that are in concert with AOA policies. Read the letter online.
The AOA, the Ohio Osteopathic Association, and more than 250 members of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on 7/31/09, urging Congress to place a greater emphasis on addressing chronic disease in health care reform legislation. The PFCD recommendations call for including care coordination models in Medicare; supporting prevention of chronic disease through primary prevention programs; removing barriers to effective treatment and management of chronic illness; and streamlining administrative health care costs. Collaboration in this way strengthens our message and, hopefully, helps achieve our goals. AOA Past President Peter B. Ajluni, DO, serves on the PFCD.
Sixty members of the US House of Representatives signed on to an 8/2/09 letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) opposing the Independent Medicare Advisory Council proposal. The position outlined in the letter is consistent with concerns raised by AOA President Larry A. Wickless, DO, in his 7/22/09 letter to Speaker Pelosi, which is available online. The Representatives took issue with the proposal’s intent to severely limit Congressional oversight of the Medicare program, which they believe threatens to remove transparency and accountability from Medicare governance.
Speaking of health system reform, federal efforts to enact meaningful, comprehensive reform continue to evolve rapidly. Every week, we hear about new health reform legislation and proposals being considered in Washington, DC. To keep AOA members up-to-date on HR 3200 and the other latest news, the AOA will host a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on 9/8/09 at 8:30 pm EDT. More details will soon be posted on DO-Online and will be provided in next month’s issue of Touch Points, along with this Daily Report. Register today!