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AAPS Takes MOC to Court
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
December 2014 update: We are awaiting a decision by the U.S. District Court in Chicago on Defendant ABMS's motion to dismiss. The AAPS brief in opposition to motion to dismiss reads in part, "The motion to dismiss by ABMS depends on its implausible denial that it is not maximizing its revenue by compelling participation in MOC, even though it has numerous agreements with other entities to impose MOC “requirements”. ABMS’s implausible denial does not justify dismissal." Read the full brief here: http://aapsonline.org/AAPSvABMSresponse-6-3-2014.pdf -------------------------------------------- October 24, 2014 update: The Court, "sua sponte" (on its own initiative), postponed the hearing that was... read more
ObamaCare’s Onerous Employer Reporting Requirements Begin Jan 1
ObamaCare’s Onerous Employer Reporting Requirements Begin Jan 1
The President’s unilateral delay of the employer mandate is about over, and businesses with 50 or more full-time employees will have to start filing detailed reports with the IRS in January 2015, notes the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). “Full time” means 30 hours or more. Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) called attention to this during a conference call co-sponsored by the Galen Institute. Penalties don’t kick in until next year, but the data collection requirements are huge and complex. Burgess said that professional assistance is likely needed. For each worker, the employer must report the number of hours... read more
Vermont Single Payer Confronts Economic Reality
Vermont Single Payer Confronts Economic Reality
Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that he will not pursue a single payer health care plan this legislative session or in the near future, expressing “huge disappointment.” The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) applauds the decision. “Private medicine has gotten a reprieve from a probable death sentence in Vermont,” stated AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. By setting all physicians’ fees and giving the five-member Green Mountain Care Board the authority to “guarantee” that all Vermont residents get “affordable and appropriate care at the appropriate time in the appropriate setting,” Vermont would effectively outlaw private determination of fees... read more
Pre-Emptive Surrender: Boehner Imitates Pelosi
Pre-Emptive Surrender: Boehner Imitates Pelosi
This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Like the Affordable Care Act, the 1,600-page “CRomnibus” was rammed through the House in a hasty secret process. Members received the wording a few days before the vote and were denied the chance to offer amendments. As with the ACA, we’ll find out what’s in it after it passes. The very length is a clue: it is stuffed full of pork. Without the help of special interests, how did it get so long? The CR (Continuing Resolution) has become a substitute for an actual budget. The House could... read more
Which States Are Friendliest to Independent Practice?
Which States Are Friendliest to Independent Practice?
In choosing a state in which to set up a practice, physicians should study tax and regulatory policy, writes third-year family medicine resident Philip Eskew, D.O., J.D., M.B.A. The winter issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons features Dr. Eskew's article — "Which State Best Suits Your Medical Practice–an Analysis and Reference Guide," — in which states are ranked in order of friendliness to independent practices. Full article available at: http://www.jpands.org/vol19no4/eskew.pdf Only South Dakota and Wyoming make the top tier. In the second tier are Idaho, Wisconsin, Indiana, North Dakota, Texas, and Alaska. At the bottom, in tier... read more
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