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Hillary’s Health Concerns Serious, Say Most Doctors Polled by AAPS
Concerns about Hillary Clinton's health are "serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the U.S.," say nearly 71% of 250 physicians responding to an informal internet survey by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). About 20% said concerns were "likely overblown, but should be addressed as by full release of medical records." Only 2.7% responded that they were "just a political attack; I have confidence in the letter from her physician and see no cause for concern." While more than 81% were aware of her history of a concussion, only 59% were aware of the cerebral... read more
California “Surprise Medical Bill” Legislation Will Harm Patients; Physicians Ask for Veto
“This bill will hurt everyone except insurance companies,” Dr. Jane Orient, executive director for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), states in a letter asking California Governor Jerry Brown to veto Assembly Bill 72, sent today following approval of the measure by the California legislature. The letter continues: “Promoted misleadingly as a means to end ‘surprise billing,’ AB 72 will actually enrich insurance companies while creating shortages of care for patients. Patients are increasingly being forced into narrow networks, in order to cut costs for insurers. The care they need is often not available in the network. Many... read more
MACRA (“Doc Fix”) Rule Can’t Be Fixed
Kris Held, MD
MACRA (“Doc Fix”) Rule Can’t Be Fixed
To great applause from the American Medical Association (AMA), Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), almost unanimously. It was hailed as the repeal of the notorious Clinton-Gingrich sustained growth rate (SGR) formula, which threatened large pay cuts for Medicare physicians every year. It was actually a “repeal and replace” with something far worse, writes ophthalmologist Kristin S. Held, M.D., in the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. MACRA is not a step toward freedom, but is a more elaborate system of price controls. The rules implementing it are to take... read more
Pete Sessions Asks for Delay in “Doc Fix” Rule; Not Enough, States AAPS
Pete Sessions Asks for Delay in “Doc Fix” Rule; Not Enough, States AAPS
Representative Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) is drafting a letter addressed to CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt asking for a one-year delay in rules implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which makes sweeping changes in the way physicians will be paid under Medicare. The rules are slated to take effect in January 2017. In response, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) issued the following statement: “We appreciate Rep. Sessions’s concerns for the enormous burdens that the new payment system places on independent practices. He notes that 87 percent of solo practitioners will likely face a pay cut... read more
California Legislation AB 72 Will Interfere With Access to Medical Care
Promoted as a means to end “surprise billing,” California Assembly Bill 72 will actually enrich insurance companies while creating shortages of care for patients, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Headed for passage in the California legislature, this bill will interfere with patient access to medical care. Price controls lead to shortages, always and everywhere, as every economist knows, AAPS states. AB 72 not only sets price controls in an arbitrary way, but authorizes insurance companies to set the prices and impose them even on doctors outside their network, with whom they have no contract, AAPS explains.... read more
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