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., (, 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 News August 2016 - MACRA: Pokemon Go for Doctors
Volume 72, no. 8 August 2016 The latest fad, a “free” smartphone app called Pokémon GO, has reportedly exceeded even Twitter and pornography in popularity. One hospital has banned it for employees because they were glued to their screens instead of interacting with patients. It’s called an enhanced or “augmented reality” game that places an imaginary monster in a physical location to which the player is directed by the smartphone’s GPS application. The idea is to rack up points by “capturing” the monster. One player came into a uniform shop in search of a Pokémon “egg.” To some retailers, it’s... read more
AAPS News July 2016 - Discrimination
Volume 72, no. 7 July 2016 According to the dictionary or common usage, to discriminate means to make a distinction, say between right and wrong, or good quality and poor quality. Virtually every decision we make when faced with more than one option involves discrimination. Starting with the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, and then the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1992, unlawful discrimination came to mean unfair or unequal treatment of an individual or group based on certain characteristics including race, sex, age, disability, national origin, marital status, religion, and sexual orientation ( It is, however, lawful... read more
AAPS News June 2016 - Refuse to Enable Politicized Medicine
AAPS News June 2016 - Refuse to Enable Politicized Medicine
Volume 72, no. 6 June 2016 Act I of the saga to socialize medicine and destroy private medicine in America arguably began in 1965, with the passage of Medicare, then Medicaid. Almost immediately, the cost escalation began, as predicted by AAPS. Before 10 years had passed, the federal government was already violating the promises enshrined in the amendments to the Social Security Act that established Medicare, §1801, §1802, and §1803 (AAPS News, July 1997, noninterference in medical practice or compensation, or in alternate forms of insurance. Act II began in 1972 with “landmark” Professional Standards Review Organizations (PSRO) and... read more
AAPS News April 2016 - Death Care
AAPS News April 2016 - Death Care
Volume 72, no. 4 April 2016 In the post-Hippocratic, post-Christian, post-modern era, facilitating or even causing death is becoming a form of treatment, often called “end-of-life” care. This is now supposed to be voluntary, although the decision might be made decades prior to the event. There is a continuum, and it is “evolving.” The leading edge is in Canada, which is the first jurisdiction in the world to require physicians to perform assisted suicide or euthanasia or make an “effective referral.” This is considered “an appropriate balancing of the rights of patients and the conscience rights of physicians” ( A... read more
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