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AAPS Takes MOC to Court
AAPS Takes MOC to Court
October 24, 2014 update: The Court, "sua sponte" (on its own initiative), postponed the hearing that was scheduled on October 9 . It will be rescheduled. -------------------------------------------- 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... read more
Summary of Health Related Bills Passed by 113th Congress
Summary of Health Related Bills Passed by 113th Congress
By Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD Congresspersons are out trolling for votes so they haven’t been in Washington working on legislation. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has summarized bipartisan legislation channeled through its committee that was passed by 113th Congress and signed into law or is awaiting action by the Senate. Some health related bills are listed below. Pandemic Preparedness One particularly ironic law is the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, H.R. 307 signed by the President in March 2013. Did you know that since 2006 HHS had an Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response? Since 2009,... read more
If You Want to Keep Your Doctor, Change the Senate
If You Want to Keep Your Doctor, Change the Senate
by Jane M. Orient, M.D. My favorite bumper sticker for this campaign season is “Keep your doctor, change your senator.” Monica Wehby, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon, is trying to unseat a one-term Democrat in Oregon. Dr. Wehby has been very active in the American Medical Association, trying to change its pro-ObamaCare stance. She is one of five women physicians running for Congress. Alieta Eck, M.D., an internist, is running for the House of Representatives in New Jersey. She is a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Nan Hayworth, M.D., an ophthalmologist, is running for the House in... read more
ObamaCare vs Medicare and Insurance
ObamaCare vs Medicare and Insurance
Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M Orient, M.D. Obamacare vs. Medicare This 5 minute video on what Vermont's federal delegation is up to is very instructive. The plan is for Vermont state government to take over the administration of Medicare benefits in Vermont. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L9HUfM_il8 Democrat Senate candidates, like Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, claim that “our passage of the Affordable Care Act has actually lengthened the life of Medicare by 13 years.” What it actually does is to cut Medicare spending by $716 billion over the period 2013–2022. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/10/22/jeanne-shaheens-dishonest-claim-that-obamacare-doesnt-cut-medicare/print/ ObamaCare vs. Insurance A new study examines what happened... read more
Ebola ‘Czar’ Appointment Politicizes Life-and-Death Issue
Ebola ‘Czar’ Appointment Politicizes Life-and-Death Issue
President Obama’s appointment of Ron Klain to coordinate the government’s attempt to combat Ebola signifies that the government’s main concern is to manage pre-election public perceptions, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, called Klain “a brilliant strategist,” who is “known for his ability to manage large, complex operations.” The complex operations included the Solyndra debacle and the dispensing of billions of dollars of “stimulus” funds. There will surely be funds to distribute in Klain’s new position. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)... read more
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