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Patient Privacy Is an Illusion, States Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
The medical record has become a tool for oversight and research, without requiring consent, overriding patients’ rights to privacy, writes Susan Israel, M.D., in the winter issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Data compiled from electronic medical records and insurance claims will be used to create treatment “guidelines” that will define value-based care. Physicians will be pressured to follow them in order to be “paid for performance,” Israel explains. Patient and physician behavior will be tracked and scrutinized, eliminating privacy from medical practice. Physician initiative will decline, and patients will have no recourse but to accept the... read more
Proposed Pennsylvania Compact Would Allow Abortion by Out-of-State Physicians
Pennsylvania is considering opening its borders to out-of-state physicians in a flawed Interstate Medical Licensure Compact that has been properly rejected by officials in Missouri, Ohio, and elsewhere. This proposal would allow abortionists from other states to practice in Pennsylvania with little or no accountability, and good Pennsylvania laws would be overridden by a new interstate medical commission, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). A private organization based in Texas, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), is pushing this change in state authority over the practice of medicine. Yet Texas itself refused to pass this new... read more
Physicians Brief Congress on Impact of New Codes
Physicians Brief Congress on Impact of New Codes
On Wednesday, Sept 23, 2015, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) brought physicians to Capitol Hill to brief Congress on the impact of government requirements such as the ICD-10 diagnostic codes on patient care. The briefing was from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 2203, Rayburn building. Physicians discussed both how bureaucratic red tape is strangling patient care and how physicians who practice outside of government and insurance company control are lowering costs for patients while providing high-quality medical care. Watch Video of Briefing: Despite the outpouring of opposition from physicians and their patients, AAPS notes, Congress has... read more
“Evidence-Based Medicine” Compared with Prussian “Enlightened Absolutism”
“Evidence-based medicine” has been elevated to the status of an obligatory “gold standard” of medical care. Physicians who deviate from the EBM “standard of care” are likely to be marginalized and face malpractice liability or even the ruin of their careers. In the fall issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Hermann W. Børg, M.D., draws some historic parallels to medicine in Prussia at the time of the Enlightenment. “There are striking similarities between the culture of the early Enlightenment and today’s post-modern digital revolution,” he writes. There was rapid change, with empowerment of new groups, as knowledge... read more
AAPS Applauds Victory in Lawsuit to Stop $175 Billion in Government Handouts to Insurance Companies
AAPS Applauds Victory in Lawsuit to Stop $175 Billion in Government Handouts to Insurance Companies
A stunning victory in a lawsuit brought by the House of Representatives against handouts by the Obama Administration is a welcome dose of relief, states AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. “Legal accountability is just what the doctor ordered for the ObamaCare program that is broken, unconstitutional, and being implemented in a manner contrary to law,” Orient said. A federal district court in Washington, D.C., stunned liberal “experts” by holding that the House has standing to sue to block billions of taxpayer dollars spent for the benefit of insurance companies. Congress never authorized this massive handout to wealthy corporations,... read more
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