AAPS Takes MOC to Court
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
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 not maximizing its revenue by compelling participation in MOC, even though it has numerous agreements with other entities to impose MOC “requirements”. ABMS’s implausible denial does not justify dismissal." Read the full brief here: http://aapsonline.org/AAPSvABMSresponse-6-3-2014.pdf -------------------------------------------- October 24, 2014 update: The Court, "sua sponte" (on its own initiative), postponed the hearing that was... 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
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/
Cut Your Costs—Just Don’t Pay
Cut Your Costs—Just Don’t Pay
This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. If patients all got healthy, medical costs would plummet. And if doctors weren’t paid for caring for patients who don’t get healthy, costs would also plummet. This seems to be the reasoning behind the Obama Administration’s ambitious plans for payment reform. Though pilot programs haven’t worked too well, the new initiative adds targets: The goal is for half of all Medicare payments to be linked to health outcomes and other measures by 2018. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/26/the-obama-administration-wants-to-dramatically-change-how-doctors-are-paid/ The new goals aim to “jump start” the move from fee for service to... read more
FSMB insults physicians and patients with attempt to defend power grab
Practicing physicians and their patients have legitimate concerns about the proposed "Interstate Medical Licensure Compact" now under consideration in at least eleven states. Friday, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), in an attempt to squelch critics, released a so-called "fact sheet" in which it endeavors to gloss over disturbing facts about the Compact. But the wording of the Compact speaks for itself. Here's a review of what the real facts are: FSMB Claim: "The Compact does not require a physician to participate in MOC." Truth: The Compact DEFINES a physician as one who "holds specialty certification or a time-unlimited... read more
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