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Patients Should Avoid “Re-Certified” Physicians
Although he supports board certification, which signifies successful completion of a rigorous training program, board-certified plastic surgeon Kenneth D. Christman, M.D., writes that demands for periodic re-certification or "Maintenance of Certification" are harmful to patients. The very expensive re-certification processes and examinations are doing nothing to improve the quality of patient care, he writes in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Rather, they are enriching the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and their 24 specialty medical boards, and other constituents of this private nongovernmental regulatory industry, which... read more
Are Eligible Patients Forced to Use Medicaid, Asks AAPS
Tucson, AZ. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) sent the following letter to Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an attempt to clarify whether patients enrolled in Medicaid have the right to purchase private care: “Dear Ms. Tavenner: “On behalf of our members and our patients, I am seeking the answers to several questions that have come up with regard to patients being enrolled in Medicaid through the healthcare Exchanges. “First, is it possible for a patient who is enrolled in Medicaid through the Exchange to disenroll? If so, what is... read more
AAPS Warns Against Proposed “Permanent Fix” to SGR
AAPS Warns Against Proposed “Permanent Fix” to SGR
Once again, the American Medical Association is calling on patients and doctors to barrage Congress with pleas to permanently end the Clinton-Gingrich Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for cutting Medicare costs. The SGR threatens increasingly draconian cuts to physicians’ fees, which have been postponed by 16 last-minute “patches,” lest patients lose access to physicians who can no longer afford to care for them. The proposed “permanent fix,” however, threatens to permanently fix in cement the basically flawed assumption: that the government, not the patient, should determine the value of a service, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).... read more
AAPS Sues to Stop the Unlawful Revisions to ObamaCare
Update: AAPS filed the folllowing brief in opposition to government's motion to dismiss on January 24, 2014: ------------ The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) has filed a lawsuit today in federal court to halt the unlawful revisions to ObamaCare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). The separation of powers required by the Constitution prohibits the executive branch—the Obama Administration—from rewriting laws passed by Congress. Yet that is what Obama has done by changing key parts of ObamaCare in order to implement it. The AAPS lawsuit, which was filed today in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, asks... read more
ObamaCare Survey: Doctors and Patients Unhappy
The public relations campaign that is being waged by both advocates and opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "ObamaCare") is largely a war of opposing anecdotes, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Advocates assert that canceled plans are "substandard," and that while some will pay more, large numbers of Americans will be newly eligible for Medicaid or subsidized plans, AAPS notes. An online survey by AAPS garnered some 1,400 responses. So far, 219 have had their existing insurance plan canceled. Only 121 reported trying to sign up for ObamaCare, and only 27 were successful. Of... read more
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