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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
Best White House Defense: “It Could Have Been Worse”
Best White House Defense: “It Could Have Been Worse”
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. White House economist Jason Furman admits that medical costs are up under the Affordable Care Act, but says: “The important thing about this is it’s no worse.” Deductibles shot up 42 percent during the health law’s first year, compared with those for plans available pre-Obamacare. At the same time, thanks to the many regulations and mandates under Obamacare’s Essential Benefit Plan, premiums have also soared. Even with the cheapest Bronze plan, a person would have to pay about 25 percent of a $35,000 income in premiums and deductibles before... read more
Health Policy Legislative Update  - 5/13/2015
Health Policy Legislative Update - 5/13/2015
Marilyn Singleton, M.D., J.D. summarizes health policy related bills under consideration in Congress. Diverse Support for the IPAB’s Repeal Earlier this year both houses of Congress introduced bills to repeal the ACA’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The House bill is sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) and has 222 co-sponsors, including 19 Democrats. The IPAB consisting of 15 unelected unaccountable bureaucrats has not yet been empaneled by the president. If IPAB members are not appointed by the President, or IPAB does not act to cut Medicare spending within the law’s required timeframe, the board’s... read more
Obama Can Veto; Republicans Can Refuse to Pass (But Will They?)
Obama Can Veto; Republicans Can Refuse to Pass (But Will They?)
This week's health policy news roundup curated by Jane Orient, M.D. Helping Democrats “fix” Obamacare is not a good strategy, writes Onan Coca. To pass a bill the President is willing to sign in order to keep the program from crashing is to concede the battle. IF the program is allowed to crash, then the onus will be on the President to sign a free-market alternative. http://eaglerising.com/18005/republicans-making-big-mistake-trying-fix-obamacare/ But will Republicans keep their promise to end ObamaCare? After 6 years, the special interests and crony capitalists are well-entrenched. Have they bought the Republicans who might bring the system down? Illegal ObamaCare... read more
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