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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
Caution: President Ready to Sign a “Good” Bipartisan Bill
Caution: President Ready to Sign a “Good” Bipartisan Bill
At a White House speech on Mar 25, Barack Obama said: "I've got my pen ready to sign a good, bipartisan bill—which would be really exciting. I love when Congress passes bipartisan bills that I can sign." http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/Medicare/50665 From the President’s enthusiasm, one can assume that the bill would do nothing to interfere with his agenda to cement government control and force “fundamental change” from a free-market system. Competition is not favored, as is clear from the website of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, for which the presidential speech was the kick-off. “Making operational changes will be... read more
Medicare Payments Being Decided This Week
Medicare Payments Being Decided This Week
By Jane M. Orient, M.D. This week Congress will, for the 18th time, decide whether to cut doctors’ Medicare fees across the board, according to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, “SGR”, formula (the Clinton-Gingrich sustainable growth rate). This was enacted in 1997 as part of the Balanced Budget Act. It has been postponed 17 times because of the threat that seniors would lose access to medical care. And with each delay, the threatened future cut gets bigger. On March 31, the cut will be 21%, if it happens. Since doctors’ expenses consume at least half of what comes in, that... read more
Health Policy Legislative Update 3/22/2015
Health Policy Legislative Update 3/22/2015
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summaries health care related bills introduced in the first half of March 2015. Two Bills Unanimously Pass the House On March 16, 2015, the bipartisan H.R. 876, Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act) passed the House by a 395-0 vote and will move forward to the Senate. This bill requires that the hospital must give to Medicare beneficiaries whom the hospital classifies for more than 24 hours as an outpatient under observation status or any other similar status, an adequate oral and written notification within 36 hours of that classification... read more
Medical Care in Venezuela Destroyed by Price Controls
Medical Care in Venezuela Destroyed by Price Controls
By Richard Amerling, M.D. Anyone who believes central control of the medical system is a good thing should read the report from Venezuela in the Wall Street Journal. Here’s an excerpt: “His heart failing fast, Pedro Gonzalez checked into one of Venezuela’s leading public hospitals in September, hoping for a new heart valve to save his life. . . . In late November, the director of cardiovascular surgery at the University Hospital sent out letters to the cardiology ward’s patients, telling them they were being discharged. The reason cited: a dearth of operating room supplies — no catheters, no working... read more
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