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AAPS Takes MOC to Court
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
September 14, 2014 update: A hearing in AAPS vs. ABMS will be held October 9, 2014 in Federal District Court in Chicago, Illinois. -------------------------------------------- July 28, 2014 update: A Wall Street Journal Article of July 21, 2014 reports: "The ABMS also says it has arranged with some 32 major health systems, including the Mayo Clinic and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, for their own in-house quality improvement projects to satisfy some MOC requirements for their doctors." This reported statement by Defendant ABMS is contrary to its position in this case, which is that hospitals are somehow acting independently of ABMS in... read more
H.R. 5556: Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2014
H.R. 5556: Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2014
A Quick Fix for Meaningful Use Requirements? A bipartisan bill, the ‘‘Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2014’’, HR 5556, was introduced by Diane Black (R-TN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), David Scott (D-GA), and Tim Griffin (R-AR) and was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Ways and Means on September 18, 2014. As the government control over medical practice unfolds, more “glitches” become apparent. Ambulatory Surgery Centers were not included in 2009’s HITECH Act regarding calculating patient encounters to achieve “meaningful use” of Electronic Health Records (EHR). The 2009 law’s standards only applied to... read more
An Opportunity for Your Input on Medicaid Managed Care Plans
An Opportunity for Your Input on Medicaid Managed Care Plans
“Bipartisan, Bicameral Committee Leaders Seek Best Practices for Medicare Managed Care Plans” is the latest health-related press release, dated September 26, 2014, from the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Finance Committee. Here is a great opportunity to provide your input to Congress. Contact information is below. Please note the Committees entitled their own press release incorrectly. The subject is Medicaid, not Medicare. The Committee Chairmen sent letters to organizations representing Medicaid managed care organizations seeking input on best practices related to access and quality of care. The letter is addressed to the... read more
Truth and (Unintended?) Consequences
Truth and (Unintended?) Consequences
ObamaCare Roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Associated Press has compiled a list of 8 ways in which the Obama Administration is blocking access to information. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are being forwarded to political appointees. Just last month, AP reported on the flimsy rationale offered by HHS for denying a FOIA request for records on the “kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federally funded Healthcare.gov.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/09/22/has-the-department-of-health-and-human-services-politicized-foia-requests/ Worried about the burden of “healthcare costs”? The burden of federal regulation, affecting medicine and everything else, was more than $2 trillion in 2012, according a... read more
AAPS News October 2014 - ObamaCare Kudzu
Volume 70, no. 10 October 2014 With its complicated structure and phased implementation—and strategic modifications and delays that blunted opposition, ObamaCare is becoming deeply entrenched. Former congressman Ernest Istook writes: “Obamacare was designed to be the governmental equivalent of kudzu—growing everywhere, propagating by multiple means, and sinking in its roots and becoming impossible to control.” Kudzu (Pueraria lobata), native to Southeast Asia, is an invasive plant in the U.S., outpacing herbicide spraying and mowing. It can smother trees and envelop entire structures. At first used to shade porches, it has become “the vine that ate the south.” Kudzu chokes off... read more
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