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President’s Page: What is Our Mission
President’s Page: What is Our Mission
By: Melinda Woofter, M.D. We practice the art and science of medicine every day. We have witnessed an accelerated transformation of our profession away from individualized patient care toward politicized and collectivized “evidence-based medicine.” Without a doubt, this one-size-fits-all approach does not work and never can. Every patient is unique, with a unique set of circumstances. Our responsibilities to our patients include counseling them against ALL threats to their health. We recognize tobacco use, drug addiction, and excessive alcohol consumption as such threats, yet one danger towers above them all: our own dysfunctional “healthcare system.” Government intrusion into the exam... read more
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
February 2016 update: The AAPS vs ABMS lawsuit is still alive and we are awaiting Court action to proceed. In addition to AAPS vs. ABMS there are now two additional new lawsuits concerning physicians and certification that are pending. We will share more details about all three cases as they become available. -------------------------------------------- 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... read more
Direct Payment / Cash Friendly Practices
Direct Payment / Cash Friendly Practices
More and more patients are looking to work directly with their physicians without the government or insurance company in the exam room. To see a list of physicians with direct payment / cash friendly practices please visit: https://aaps.wufoo.com/reports/m5p6z0/. As this list grows we will work to make it more user friendly. It is sorted by state by default but can be sorted by any other column by clicking on the column heading. Are you a physician? Add your practice to the list: https://aaps.wufoo.com/forms/z7p0q5/
Republicans Missing the Point on “Replacing” ObamaCare
Republicans Missing the Point on “Replacing” ObamaCare
. In response to the release of Speaker Paul Ryan’s outline of “A Better Way to Fix Health Care,” the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) issued the following statement: “The Affordable Care Act, as Ryan notes, cannot be fixed. It must be repealed. Republicans, however, need to recognize the flawed premises before they advocate replacing ACA with ACA-Tweaked or ACA-Lite. “American medicine costs far too much, and the reason is third-party payment (deceptively called ‘insurance’) of most medical bills. This doubles or triples the price through waste, perverse incentives, and crushing administrative overhead. “Government worsens this problem through... read more
Controversy Erupts at AMA over Doctors’ Recertification Treadmill
Controversy Erupts at AMA over Doctors’ Recertification Treadmill
At the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, leaders tried to gut or suppress a resolution calling for an end to costly, onerous recertification examinations, but delegates forced consideration on the floor of the House of Delegates, where the resolution passed, reports the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). “The public needs to understand what this is about,” said AAPS executive director Jane Orient, M.D. “What if you got a time-limited college degree, and 10 years later had to do more homework and pass an expensive and difficult final exam? If you missed a few too many questions,... read more
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