Healthcare Reform
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
Common Sense Medicine: Restoring the Patient/Physician Relationship
Common Sense Medicine: Restoring the Patient/Physician Relationship
Common Sense Medicine, hot off the press, is a powerful, easy-to-read, and entertaining exposé of the root problems plaguing American medicine and the simple solutions to increase access to high-quality, low-cost medical care! If you are on the AAPS mailing list you will be receiving a complimentary copy with your August edition of AAPS News. We are offering bulk discounts on this POWERFUL new book. Buy copies to give to patients, friends, and family! 1 to 24 copies: $3/book BEST DEAL: buy 25 or more for $1 each Order copies online TODAY at: http://aapsonline.org/bookdeal A Kindle version is available for... read more
AAPS News September 2016 - Inflection Point
Volume 72, no. 9 September 2016 Medicine is at a “critical inflection point,” write Victor Dzau and J. Michael McGinnis of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and Mark McClellan of Duke University (JAMA 8/16/16). The NAM is launching a massive initiative on “Vital Directions for Health Care” at a Sep 26 meeting in Washington, D.C., (http://tinyurl.com/z4shr2b), bringing together more than 100 “trusted health and health care leaders” to “ensure nonpartisan, evidence-based analysis” in the context of the upcoming change in administration. “The current climate in health care is ripe for meaningful change,” write Dzau et al. The goal is... read more
AAPS Objects to Proposed CMS Regulations on Antibiotic Use
AAPS Submitted the Following Comments to CMS on August 13, 2016 Re: Comments on Proposed Rule CMS-3295-P Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care Dear Acting Administrator Slavitt, The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (“AAPS”) is a non-profit membership organization of physicians and surgeons who are mostly in small, independent practices. Founded in 1943, AAPS defends and promotes the practice of private, ethical medicine. AAPS has members in virtually every specialty and State, and AAPS speaks out frequently about issues concerning patients and medical practice. HHS favorably... read more
AMA Promotes Obama’s Healthcare Agenda
AMA Promotes Obama’s Healthcare Agenda
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Barack Obama, JD, is the first sitting President to publish an article in JAMA. http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2533698 Accompanying it are four generally supportive editorials. Obama applauds his own work; the frequent use of “I” and “my” is likely also unprecedented in a JAMA article. Obama attributes any positive trends to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). James Capretta writes: “On cost growth, the president engages in the usual post hoc fallacy. He says that recently costs have been growing less rapidly than in the past and that therefore the cause must... read more
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