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No One Should Be Compelled to Facilitate Abortion Drugs, AAPS tells Supreme Court
The Obama Administration has gone far beyond the bounds of a civilized society in attempting to compel the Little Sisters of the Poor and others to facilitate abortion-inducing drugs, argues the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. AAPS filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in strong support of the religious liberty of organizations and individuals to refuse to “sign off” on the mandate for abortifacients, as imposed under the Contraceptive Mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “ObamaCare”). “Our government today should not be doing anything analogous to what King Henry... read more
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
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