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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/
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
AAPS News September 2015 - Planned Inhumanity
Volume 71, no. 9 September 2015 One author admits that he is “not shocked” by videos showing officials of Planned Parenthood speaking callously about the harvesting of fetal organs. “The fact that money is exchanged, and the question of whether this constitutes a ‘market,’ do not particularly matter to me,” writes Robert Oscar Lopez. “Well-educated people believe that ‘planned parenthood’ can lead to a socially just world. That hubris is the main horror from which all these other abhorrent things descend.” “Consider the intellectual consequences of this foundational belief that humanity can be ‘planned.’” It means that humans can be... read more
Medicare Pay for Performance—Fighting a War That’s Already Over
Medicare Pay for Performance—Fighting a War That’s Already Over
by: Gerard Gianoli, M.D., F.A.C.S. - http://www.earandbalance.net “In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson, down the mighty Mississip….” Like any good student growing up in New Orleans, I learned about the magnificent victory of the U.S. forces over the British in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Of course, the Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 before the Battle of New Orleans was even fought. Many have argued that the battle was useless since the war was already over. However, this is not the first or last time that governments... read more
ACA Continues to Kick In
ACA Continues to Kick In
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. In September, yet another Affordable Care Act tax will hit, starting at $8 billion a year and increasing to more than $14 billion annually by 2018—more than $145 billion over the next 10 years. It affects every health plan with more than $25 million dollars of premiums: Exchange plans, private plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. It will affect the poor, the elderly, and financially stressed states. Hidden in Section 9010 of ACA, it is, according to Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), “another example of how the president’s health care law was... read more
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