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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
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/
Cut Your Costs—Just Don’t Pay
Cut Your Costs—Just Don’t Pay
This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. If patients all got healthy, medical costs would plummet. And if doctors weren’t paid for caring for patients who don’t get healthy, costs would also plummet. This seems to be the reasoning behind the Obama Administration’s ambitious plans for payment reform. Though pilot programs haven’t worked too well, the new initiative adds targets: The goal is for half of all Medicare payments to be linked to health outcomes and other measures by 2018. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/26/the-obama-administration-wants-to-dramatically-change-how-doctors-are-paid/ The new goals aim to “jump start” the move from fee for service to... read more
FSMB insults physicians and patients with attempt to defend power grab
Practicing physicians and their patients have legitimate concerns about the proposed "Interstate Medical Licensure Compact" now under consideration in at least eleven states. Friday, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), in an attempt to squelch critics, released a so-called "fact sheet" in which it endeavors to gloss over disturbing facts about the Compact. But the wording of the Compact speaks for itself. And others, like Missouri's medical board - The Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts- have voiced similar concerns. Here's a review of what the real facts are: FSMB Claim: "The Compact does not require a... read more
If You Like Your Medicare, You Can Keep Your Medicare
If You Like Your Medicare, You Can Keep Your Medicare
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. Not just Barack Obama, but all politicians promise to protect Medicare—even if they are robbing it to pay for ObamaCare. They don’t promise that you can keep your Medicare doctor, however. And they don’t address the question of what happens if you don’t like your Medicare. You can drop Medicare Part B, though there is a penalty for getting back in. But to drop Medicare Part A, you have to give back all the Social Security payments you ever received, as well as forgoing future payments. This was litigated in the case of Hall v.... read more
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