President’s Page: What is Our Mission
President’s Page: What is Our Mission
By: Melinda Woofter, M.D. We practice the art and science of medicine every day. We have witnessed an accelerated transformation of our profession away from individualized patient care toward politicized and collectivized “evidence-based medicine.” Without a doubt, this one-size-fits-all approach does not work and never can. Every patient is unique, with a unique set of circumstances. Our responsibilities to our patients include counseling them against ALL threats to their health. We recognize tobacco use, drug addiction, and excessive alcohol consumption as such threats, yet one danger towers above them all: our own dysfunctional “healthcare system.” Government intrusion into the exam... read more
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
February 2016 update: The AAPS vs ABMS lawsuit is still alive and we are awaiting Court action to proceed. In addition to AAPS vs. ABMS there are now two additional new lawsuits concerning physicians and certification that are pending. We will share more details about all three cases as they become available. -------------------------------------------- December 2014 update: We are awaiting a decision by the U.S. District Court in Chicago on Defendant ABMS's motion to dismiss. The AAPS brief in opposition to motion to dismiss reads in part, "The motion to dismiss by ABMS depends on its implausible denial that it is... read more
Direct Payment / Cash Friendly Practices
Direct Payment / Cash Friendly Practices
More and more patients are looking to work directly with their physicians without the government or insurance company in the exam room. To see a list of physicians with direct payment / cash friendly practices please visit: https://aaps.wufoo.com/reports/m5p6z0/. As this list grows we will work to make it more user friendly. It is sorted by state by default but can be sorted by any other column by clicking on the column heading. Are you a physician? Add your practice to the list: https://aaps.wufoo.com/forms/z7p0q5/
Can Republicans Make ObamaCare Worse?
Can Republicans Make ObamaCare Worse?
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. If Republicans “replace” ObamaCare, they will own the resulting system. If Americans get worse or more expensive care, Republicans will surely be blamed. Cost increases are already baked in. If claims and thus premiums are underestimated one year, the company has to try to “correct” premiums the next. Geisinger has filed for a 40% increase in 2017. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/10/us/health-insurance-affordable-care-act.html The federal government is giving states $22 million in grants to “hold insurance companies accountable for unjustified hikes.” But rate reviews “may not be effective in 2017 because many insurance... read more
Supreme Court Caves in to the Abortion Industry, States AAPS
In a decision as unjustified as Roe v. Wade itself, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down sensible regulations of abortion clinics enacted by the State of Texas in 2013 as “HB 2,” stated the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS), which filed an amicus brief in defense of the law. Justice Anthony Kennedy quietly joined the side of the abortion industry without explaining himself, giving it a 5-3 advantage when a 4-4 tie would have upheld the law. The late Justice Antonin Scalia’s absence on the Court was felt but would not have changed the outcome. The Court... read more
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