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WHY JOIN AAPS?
Join our 70-year tradition of protecting the patient-physician relationship.
Take just a few minutes to read the below message from AAPS Executive Director
Jane M. Orient, M.D. about why you should join AAPS today.
Post election 2012, the threats to freedom in medicine have never been greater.
In these times, we believe that nothing less is at stake than our ability to engage in the ethical practice of our profession─a practice that puts the interests of the patients first, not the dictates of a bureaucracy.
Please take a few short minutes and read a few reasons you should join AAPS TODAY in the battle to preserve the practice of private medicine.
AAPS Fights to Preserve Medical Freedom!
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, AAPS, has been fighting to preserve the practice of private medicine since 1943. When the Clinton health plan was proposed, we fought for open meetings. And when the details came to light, the plan was halted. In the current battle over health care “reform,” many others gave up when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare in June, but we moved forward with our AAPS lawsuit that raises important claims never addressed in the unsuccessful States’ case.
The AAPS lawsuit moved to the U.S. Court of Appeals when, on March 13, 2013, AAPS filed an emergency motion for injunctive relief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to block the implementation of an HHS regulation that will eliminate Medicare payments for tests and referrals ordered by physicians not enrolled in the Medicare program.
We are also presenting to the court our argument that ObamaCare violates the Fifth Amendment protection against a “taking” of private property. Our lawsuit against ObamaCare will give the U.S. Supreme Court the opportunity to correct its mistake last June.
AAPS Stands up for Physicians!
Unlike most other medical societies, AAPS defends practicing physicians.
We consistently help physicians in legal cases that matter most to the entire profession, and when no one else will. In October we put the Texas Medical Board, which bullies physicians at four times the rate of other States, on trial in federal court. This precedent-setting trial, had closing arguments in February and is pending a written decision by a U.S. District Judge. It has sent a strong message of reform and accountability to all state medical boards.
And here is another highlight from 2012: when we learned that Ohio was a pilot state for imposing board recertification as a requirement of licensure, we stood up against allowing private certification boards to impose their costly burdens on all physicians as a condition of practicing medicine. As a result, the Ohio medical board voted NOT to impose board recertification as a condition of maintenance of licensure.
AAPS Helps Physicians Reduce and Eliminate Third Party Interference!
The AAPS seminar, “Thrive, Not Just Survive,” has reached doctors all over the country who wish to leave the hassles of Medicare and the interference of managed care and start a cash practice.
Our members are providing real life examples of how free markets in healthcare improve quality, lower costs, and increase access to care.
AAPS members are also on the front lines demonstrating how true (non-government funded) charity medical care can help the poor who need care receive it in a patient-centered (physician, not bureaucrat-controlled) setting.
AAPS Keeps You Informed!
As a member, our monthly newsletter AAPS News, packed with political, legal, and practical information that you won't find anywhere else, will regularly be delivered to your mailbox and in your email inbox. You will also find current and past newsletters archived on the AAPS website for your convenience.
Quarterly, you will receive the peer-reviewed journal of AAPS, the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons containing articles, written by physicians, that confront, head-on, the issues affecting American medicine. As with our newsletter, the journal is available online at www.JPandS.org. AAPS email alerts and our website will get you the late breaking news as it happens and provide you with urgent political action items to help in the fight to restore medical freedom.
AAPS Speaks for Physicians NOT Corporate or Government Interests!
AAPS is completely funded by membership dues and contributions, so we answer to and advocate for our physician members and not big corporate donors or government funding sources.
All elected AAPS Board members and officers serve on a volunteer basis and even pay their own way to board meetings. We do not have a big building, or a bloated staff. Every dime in dues goes directly to the fight for freedom in medicine.
AAPS offers its members discounts on disability and other essential insurance products that are as good or better than the discounts offered by other national medical societies.
AAPS is Speaking for Independent Physicians on Capitol Hill
AAPS has escalated our presence on Capitol Hill to make sure decision-makers hear from physicians about the true solutions that will restore the patient-physician relationship during this critical time. In addition to frequent communication with physician Congressmen and Senators (many of whom are AAPS members themselves), AAPS has held and participated in recent months in 6 hearings and briefings on the Hill.
The AAPS PAC raised more than $60,000 in the 2012 election cycle and is dedicated to helping elect the candidates who will throw out ObamaCare and put patients and their physicians back in charge. Eight of the candidates the PAC supported in 2010 were physicians running for office for the first time or against an incumbent. Five of these doctors won and went to Congress!
AAPS is Changing the Narrative in the Mainstream Media
Media interest in physician opinion on ObamaCare is at an all time high and AAPS doctors are appearing more than ever on national and local TV, in newspapers, and on the radio. Our Past President Lee Hieb, M.D. recently appeared on Stossel, AAPS Director Lee Vliet, M.D. was invited on the O'Reilly Factor, Executive Director Jane Orient, M.D. is a contributor to the Washington Times, our physician written op-eds are regularly circulated to thousands of media movers and shakers, and our physician members are on talk radio, frequently several times a week.
Join Your Colleagues to Keep Patient-Centered Medicine Alive!
For 70 years, we have consistently stood for ethical patient-centered medicine—the kind only possible in a free market medical system.
So, if you are like me, and you are tired of contributing to organizations which claim to be your advocate, but do little more than lobby for short term payment increases, support politicians who cannot be trusted, and feed their own self preserving coffers by selling you CPT coding manuals, come join us at the AAPS.
Jane Orient, MD
AAPS Executive Director
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