AAPS Takes MOC to Court
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
October 24, 2014 update: The Court, "sua sponte" (on its own initiative), postponed the hearing that was scheduled on October 9 . It will be rescheduled. -------------------------------------------- September 14, 2014 update: A hearing in AAPS vs. ABMS will be held October 9, 2014 in Federal District Court in Chicago, Illinois. -------------------------------------------- July 28, 2014 update: A Wall Street Journal Article of July 21, 2014 reports: "The ABMS also says it has arranged with some 32 major health systems, including the Mayo Clinic and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, for their own in-house quality improvement projects to satisfy some MOC requirements for... read more
Why AAPS? Message from AAPS President Lee Hieb, M.D.
Lee D Hieb, MD
Why AAPS? Message from AAPS President Lee Hieb, M.D.
AAPS was founded in 1943 to guard against the intrusion of government into the practice of medicine. It is the basic principle of our organization that medicine is a sacred relationship between a physician and a patient—not a relationship between a physician, a government bureaucrat and a patient. We believe in the Hippocratic Oath, and that our duty is to the individual, not the collective, society, or the state. I used to belong to a number of medical societies. One day I realized that the prime goal of my specialty society was to maintain my specialty’s government reimbursements. And, they... read more
Senators Ask HHS to Recoup Money for Failed State Exchanges
Senators Ask HHS to Recoup Money for Failed State Exchanges
In a Nov. 18, 2014 letter U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and John Barrasso, M.D., (R-Wyoming) asked Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Silvia Mathews Burwell to clarify the Department’s position on recovering taxpayer dollars used to implement state-based exchanges that have since failed. By way of background, several states, including Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maryland, received grants from the federal government to create state exchanges. But they have since dropped their original exchanges and are now moving to the federal... read more
First Step in Comprehensive Medicare Reform
First Step in Comprehensive Medicare Reform
Analysis by Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD of Hospitals Improvements for Payment (HIP) Act of 2014. We cringe when we see “comprehensive” reform of anything but don’t shoot the messenger. Even if physicians do not take Medicare patients under Part B, these patients are still captured by Medicare Part A. The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee chairman has introduced for discussion the Hospitals Improvements for Payment (HIP) Act of 2014. This is to be the first step in comprehensive Medicare reform. The Committee is requesting comments from the public. Please send all comments on this discussion draft to .(JavaScript must... read more
Peak ObamaCare?
Peak ObamaCare?
This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Will Exchanges end with a bang or a whimper? John Graham poses this question. The bang would be the Supreme Court’s ruling that Obama can’t rewrite the law to provide subsidies through federally run Exchanges. “Few people would voluntarily buy health insurance from an Obamacare exchange if health insurers on the exchanges did not receive subsidies to enroll people,” he writes. Even without the bang, “Obamacare’s exchanges – both state and federal – will likely end with a whimper in 2015 or soon after. Just look at how... read more
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