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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
Supreme Court Keeps ObamaCare on Life Support at Taxpayer Expense, by Rewriting Statute
Supreme Court Keeps ObamaCare on Life Support at Taxpayer Expense, by Rewriting Statute
In a 6-to-3 decision in King v. Burwell, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the IRS rule permitting Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) subsidies to flow through federal Exchanges, in clear contradiction to the wording of the statute, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. As noted by Justice Antonin Scalia in a scathing dissent, the Court rules that the term “established by the State,” which appears seven times in the statute, can also mean “not established by the State.” The majority held that the “tax credits” and individual mandate were necessary to prevent the insurance “death spiral” that... read more
Don’t Prop Up ObamaCare, AAPS Urges Republican Leaders
Don’t Prop Up ObamaCare, AAPS Urges Republican Leaders
As the U.S. Supreme Court is about to hand down a decision that might rule Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) subsidies illegal in 37 states, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) urges Congress to let them expire. “Congressional Republicans are looking for a ‘bridge,’ a temporary extension as a ‘safety net’ for about 6.5 million people whose subsidies may be found illegal,” explained AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “They hope that might get the President to sign a bill that also does some good things like repealing the federal mandates.” The end to subsidies would... read more
AMA Seeks to Test Older Physicians
AMA Seeks to Test Older Physicians
In a vote without debate at its annual meeting, the American Medical Association agreed to develop guidelines to assess the physical and mental health of older physicians and review their treatment of patients. It is suggested that older physicians may be incompetent and harm their patients. Some occupations, such as piloting commercial aircraft, have a mandatory retirement age. Doctors decide for themselves when and whether to retire. “Practicing medicine is not like controlling a machine in which hundreds could die instantly if a pilot’s reflexes are not optimal,” states Jane M. Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American... read more
Oregon Proposes to Force Public Employees to Use Only Medicaid Physicians
If HB 3300 passes the Oregon legislature, health plans in Lane County enrolling-public sector employees, including teachers, will not be allowed to contract with primary care physicians who do not serve the Oregon Medicaid program, states AAPS. At least 15 percent of the physician’s practice panel must be receiving medical assistance, unless the physician can demonstrate that he has not been able to attract enough patients despite adequate effort to do so. Oregon expanded Medicaid to 442,000 patients, including 44,000 in Lane County, its most populous county. But nothing was done to increase the availability of medical care. Some 13,000... read more
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