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/
AAPS Comments to HHS on Proposed Rules for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
AAPS Comments to HHS on Proposed Rules for Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders
Regulatory Information Number (RIN) 0930-AA22 Re: SAMHSA proposed rule entitled Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders https://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=SAMHSA-2016-0001-0001 Physicians and their patients would be adversely affected by this Proposed Rule in several ways. First, the Proposed Rule attempts to require physicians to accept third-party payment. Proposed Rule § 8.615(e). Many physicians, in increasing numbers, decline to accept third-party payment because of its destructive effect on the patient-physician relationship, as well as the unsupportable administrative costs. Despite or because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many patients do not have insurance coverage. It is a violation of basic rights to deny medical... read more
New “certification” will decrease access to life-saving medical care
New “certification” will decrease access to life-saving medical care
Dear AAPS Members and Friends: I'm writing to encourage you to add your name, alongside mine, to a crucial petition opposing the creation of new and unnecessary subspecialty certifications in Mohs surgery and dermatologic oncology.  Patients' access to life-saving medical care will decrease if this plan to benefit a few special interests is adopted.  It must be stopped! Please visit http://bit.ly/keepyourdoctor to add your name to the petition, and encourage your friends and colleagues to do so as well. Both physicians AND patients are encouraged to sign this important petition. This is a turf battle to eliminate competition and potentially prohibit dermatologists from performing... read more
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