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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
$5.7 Million Award to Physician Framed by Hospital Upheld by CA Supreme Court
A $5.7 million jury verdict for wrongdoing perpetrated on behalf of management at a Southern California hospital remains in effect, now that the California Supreme Court properly rejected an attempt to overturn it. The verdict resulted from a scheme to frame a physician with a bag of illegal drugs and a loaded gun planted in his car. Even worse, a few days after the district attorney closed the matter, someone slashed the physician’s tires, causing it to flip over on the freeway, nearly killing his daughter and two Japanese exchange students. The sordid details of this case were documented by... read more
Call Them Death Incentives, Suggests AAPS
Medicare has announced that it will pay doctors for conversations with patients and family about “advance care planning.” This proposal was derailed during debate over the Affordable Care Act, when opponents called them “death panels,” according to The New York Times. The goal is said to be to “decrease confusion at the end of life” and “potentially decrease unnecessary use of resources because it will be very clear what the patient did and did not want.” Filling out advance directives is of limited value, some experts said, “because many patients needed several conversations to consider their options and to talk... read more
Statin Overuse Risky, Warns AAPS
Two studies published in the July 14 issue of JAMA support new guidelines that could nearly double the number of Americans taking statin drugs to prevent arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), noted the Washington Post. The studies should be scrutinized critically, stated AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “Putting nearly half the healthy population on a potent drug for 10 years in the hope of protecting perhaps 2 percent of them from a heart attack or stroke over that time period is risky medicine.” The guidelines released by American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACA/AHA) in 2013 added the criterion... read more
Alleged Planned Parenthood Marketing of Baby Parts Needs Investigation, States AAPS
Alleged Planned Parenthood Marketing of Baby Parts Needs Investigation, States AAPS
An undercover video of a lunch meeting between Planned Parenthood official, Deborah Nucatola, M.D., and a man and a woman posing as buyers for a biologics company shows a discussion of how a dismemberment abortion is modified to meet customers’ needs, states AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D., who viewed the recording. “The abortionist uses ultrasound to guide placement of forceps so as not to crush the organs to be procured,” Orient says. “According to Nucatola, who does abortions herself, livers and hearts are in great demand. Lungs and legs are also being requested.” The fetus may be rotated... read more
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