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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
$1.8 Billion for Zika Misdirected
The White House announced plans to ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to “combat Zika” as by “boosting research on ways to prevent its spread,” according to a Feb 8 article in the Wall Street Journal. Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases are spreading widely, and making their way from tropical countries into the U.S., states AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D. These include dengue and chikungunya, which are carried by the same vector as Zida, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. “The way to prevent their spread is already known: kill the vector in areas where there are infected... read more
Legislative Update - 2/10/2016
Legislative Update - 2/10/2016
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. Thankfully, health related legislation is very slowly pouring in. Included in this edition of the Health Policy Legislative Update is a fact sheet from the Senate Finance Committee, an outline of the GOP Senate proposal to replace the ACA, and a look at new intrusions into our medical privacy. The Affordable Care Act’s Tax Burden According to the Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Obamacare’s massive expansion of government was paid for with more than a trillion dollars in tax increases. And these are often hidden and masked. Temporary relief for... read more
Sanders Underestimates Costs by at Least 40%
Sanders Underestimates Costs by at Least 40%
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has provided a lesson in free-lunch economics, writes Chris Conover. Even the staggering costs estimated by Avik Roy are an underestimate. Sanders and his consultants have grossly underestimated the moral hazard of removing any patient responsibility for payment and the deadweight losses due to increased federal taxes. Considering these, based on the experience of the RAND Health Insurance Experiment, raises the estimate from Sanders’s $40 trillion to $57.4 trillion from 2017-2026, a 71% increase in federal spending. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2016/01/20/why-bernie-sanders-health-plan-will-cost-at-least-40-more-than-advertised The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides the... read more
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