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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/
Legislation Update - 4/29/2016
Legislation Update - 4/29/2016
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. On April 27, 2016, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), today approved 10 bills to help address the opioid and drug abuse crisis. These bills will advance to the full House of Representatives for consideration. The chairman recognized that “while there is no one solution, these bills represent good steps in addressing a problem that has grown rapidly.” We all want to put an end to opiate overuse and overdoses, but some of these bills may create federal genies that cannot be... read more
ObamaCare State of Emergency. Will Single Payer Fix It?
ObamaCare State of Emergency. Will Single Payer Fix It?
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. “ObamaCare Keeps Our Health System In A State Of Emergency,” writes Sally Pipes (Investor’s Business Daily, Apr 1). Obama “promised that the Affordable Care Act would alleviate the pressure on ERs by expanding access to insurance—and thus diverting people who previously would’ve gone to the emergency room for routine care to the doctor’s office instead.” This hasn’t happened. Medicaid recipients are actually using ERs more, finding it difficult to find care elsewhere, and the system’s grade for quality, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians, dropped from... read more
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