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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
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
Despite SOTU, Medicine Still in Crisis
Despite SOTU, Medicine Still in Crisis
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama claimed that the “shadow of crisis” has passed, and all will be well. If Congress tries to unravel any of his achievements, such as the Affordable Care Act, he will use his veto pen. The President stated that in the past year, “about 10 million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.” Most of those, however, were added to the Medicaid rolls, notes the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). There was no mention of the millions of Americans who lost their existing coverage and were faced with... read more
Vermont Single Payer Confronts Economic Reality
Vermont Single Payer Confronts Economic Reality
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he will not pursue a single payer health care plan this legislative session or in the near future, expressing “huge disappointment.” The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) applauds the decision. “Private medicine has gotten a reprieve from a probable death sentence in Vermont,” stated AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. By setting all physicians’ fees and giving the five-member Green Mountain Care Board the authority to “guarantee” that all Vermont residents get “affordable and appropriate care at the appropriate time in the appropriate setting,” Vermont would effectively outlaw private determination of fees... read more
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