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The Disaster of Electronic Health Records
The Disaster of Electronic Health Records
Electronic Health Record Incentives Compared with a Bear Trap in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Physicians who accepted government money to purchase a “certified” electronic health record (EHR) system are facing demands to pay all the money back within 30 days, writes Dr. Lawrence Huntoon in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Specific guidelines for “Meaningful Use” are retroactively replacing the vague initial guidelines, and many physicians are out of compliance, Huntoon explains. “The government apparently recognizes that solo and small group practices may not have sufficient cash flow to immediately pay the... read more
Claimed Death Toll from Medical Errors Meaningless, Says AAPS
Medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., costing some 250,000 lives per year, according to an article in the BMJ. Ever since the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine estimated, in 1999, that up to 98,000 Americans died of medical errors, such numbers have been trumpeted and recycled in the press, states AAPS executive director Jane Orient, M.D. “The original figures were based on a couple of small studies, and the results were extrapolated to the whole country. Nobody can point to that many individual casualties—the number is a statistic, a guess,” she stated.... read more
Separate Facilities Protect Women and Girls, States AAPS
In response to threatened boycotts of states with laws permitting sex-specific locker rooms and restrooms, AAPS released the following statement: “Public locker rooms and restrooms exist for the utilitarian purpose of hygiene, not to affirm the self-identified gender of certain individuals. These facilities are traditionally restricted to persons of the same sex for sound reasons. Plumbing fixtures are suited to male or female anatomy. More importantly, the separation protects feminine modesty as well as shielding girls and women from offensive, criminal, or dangerous behavior by voyeurs, exhibitionists, and rapists. “Indecent exposure is a crime in most jurisdictions, and it is... read more
$1.8 Billion for Zika Misdirected
The White House announced plans to ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to “combat Zika” as by “boosting research on ways to prevent its spread,” according to a Feb 8 article in the Wall Street Journal. Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases are spreading widely, and making their way from tropical countries into the U.S., states AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. These include dengue and chikungunya, which are carried by the same vector as Zida, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. “The way to prevent their spread is already known: kill the vector in areas where there are infected... read more
End the Favoritism for the Abortion Industry, Says AAPS
Patients are protected and the patient-physician relationship is strengthened by requiring abortionists to comply with ethical and quality standards that are fundamental to the medical profession, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). AAPS filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, No. 15-274, in support of Texas HB 2, which properly requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital before they perform an abortion. Telling patients after a procedure to “call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room” is not quality medical care, and the... read more
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