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Electronic Health Record Could  Crash Medical System, Warns AAPS
Electronic Health Record Could Crash Medical System, Warns AAPS
More than half of physicians are feeling burned out, and onerous, punitive federal mandates on electronic health records (EHRs) are one of the biggest reasons, reports the Chicago Tribune on Dec 12. Many family physicians are contemplating early retirement, as “busy work” adds hours to their work day. Doctors are not anti-technology. Physicians usually embrace technology “at a blistering pace,” says AMA president Steven J. Stack, M.D. The AMA blames lack of proper coordination and unrealistic requirements for EHR woes. It calls for more “flexibility” in stage 3 “meaningful use” requirements, which are even worse than the stage 2 demands... read more
AAPS Asks Supreme Court to Review Challenge to Employer Mandate
AAPS Asks Supreme Court to Review Challenge to Employer Mandate
In an amicus brief filed today, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) asks the U.S Supreme Court to grant a writ of certiorari in the case of Stephen F. Hotze, M.D., and Braidwood Management v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Jacob J. Lew. This case challenges the employer insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which, it argues, is unconstitutional because its enactment violated the Origination Clause of the U.S. Constitution. This Clause requires that all revenue-raising bills originate in the House of Representatives. “ACA is basically the Harry Reid bill,” notes AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient,... read more
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
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