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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
SGR ‘Fix’ Means Time for Doctors to Opt Out of Medicare
After both Houses of Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill touted as averting a 21 percent cut in payments to physicians, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons issued the following statement: “At the last moment before the 21 percent physician fee cut mandated by the Clinton-Gingrich sustainable growth rate (SGR) went into effect, the Boehner-Pelosi fix was enacted: H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Bill. “While the bill permanently repeals the SGR formula, it does not lift the regime of price controls that doctors have endured since the 1980s. It gives physicians a tiny 0.5 percent or 1... read more
Doctors Urge Senate to Reject Boehner-Pelosi ‘Doc Fix’
Doctors Urge Senate to Reject Boehner-Pelosi ‘Doc Fix’
Before leaving for recess, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill that repeals the 21 percent Medicare fee cut dictated by the Clinton-Gingrich “sustainable growth rate” (SGR), and replaces it with something far worse for doctors and patients. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) urges the Senate to vote the bill (HR 2) down. HR 2 does not repeal the Medicare price controls that began in the 1980s, which are the cause of limited access to care and misallocation of resources, notes AAPS president Richard Amerling, M.D. It gives a tiny “update” in allowed fees, which does... read more
American Children Need Access to Better Vaccines
As measles spreads, pressures are increasing to force reluctant parents to fully vaccinate their children. Gov. Christie is severely criticized for suggesting that there should be a choice, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). AAPS is opposed to mandatory vaccination, holding that patients have the right to refuse medical treatment, and that vaccines, like all medical interventions, have risks as well as benefits, which vary with individuals and circumstances. “We should ask why some parents reject MMR (measles-mumps-rubella vaccine),” states AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. One reason is moral. Merck’s MMR vaccine is manufactured using... 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 sixteen 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. And others, like Missouri's medical board - The Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts- have voiced similar concerns. Here's a review of what the real facts are: FSMB Claim: "The Compact does not require a... read more
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