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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
First Step in Comprehensive Medicare Reform
First Step in Comprehensive Medicare Reform
Analysis by Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD of Hospitals Improvements for Payment (HIP) Act of 2014. We cringe when we see “comprehensive” reform of anything but don’t shoot the messenger. Even if physicians do not take Medicare patients under Part B, these patients are still captured by Medicare Part A. The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee chairman has introduced for discussion the Hospitals Improvements for Payment (HIP) Act of 2014. This is to be the first step in comprehensive Medicare reform. The Committee is requesting comments from the public. Please send all comments on this discussion draft to .(JavaScript must... read more
Peak ObamaCare?
Peak ObamaCare?
This Week's Health Policy News Roundup Curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Will Exchanges end with a bang or a whimper? John Graham poses this question. The bang would be the Supreme Court’s ruling that Obama can’t rewrite the law to provide subsidies through federally run Exchanges. “Few people would voluntarily buy health insurance from an Obamacare exchange if health insurers on the exchanges did not receive subsidies to enroll people,” he writes. Even without the bang, “Obamacare’s exchanges – both state and federal – will likely end with a whimper in 2015 or soon after. Just look at how... read more
Update on the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak
Update on the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak
Congressional hearing summary provided by The Market Institute The House Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Investigations subcommittee met on November 18, 2014 to receive the latest update on the ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus and the government’s response. In his opening statement, Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) said that they will determine the lessons learned thus far in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak and what the Administration plans to do with the $6.2 billion in funding it’s asking for. With no cure or vaccine available for the Ebola, he is recommending these steps to ensure a strong defense... read more
Stupidity, Lies, and Videotape
Stupidity, Lies, and Videotape
By Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD Lies and promises have been a staple of politics since its inception. As Plato observed, “propaganda, that is, ‘enticing people into a change of opinion by promises of pleasure’ and deceit always go together.” ObamaCare’s empty promises have become not-so-funny household jokes: health law negotiations would be live on C-SPAN, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, the law will not add a single dime to the deficits, the average family will save $2,500 on their premiums, and on and on and on. Now the deceit has been exposed. My heartfelt... read more
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