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74th Annual Meeting

October 5 - October 7

Restoring the Foundations of American Medicine for Every Patient

Tucson, AZ — October 5-7, 2017

Join your freedom-minded colleagues at this important meeting!

Doctors must lead the charge. This must-attend meeting will arm you with the information and tools you’ll need to help rescue American medicine. Join your colleagues & be part of the movement back toward patient-centered care.

*Up to 10.0 Category I CME Credits

Register for Full Meeting or Register for Individual Sessions

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$475 AAPS member (Increases to $525 on 9/5)
$575 non-member (Increases to $625 on 9/5)
$625 new-member (includes 1st year’s dues)
$250 spouse/guest registration

Residents, Medical Students click here for scholarship info.
Partial Registration Options Available

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Double Tree Reid Park Hotel

445 S Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711

Phone: (520) 881-4200 and mention AAPS for special rate of $99/night.
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Relax in the resort-style setting of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park.  Surrounded by the Sonora Desert and four miles from downtown Tucson, the hotel is across the street from Reid Park featuring the Reid Park Zoo with over 500 animals, two 18-hole golf courses, rose garden, and award winning Tennis Center. Set on 14 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, this Tucson, AZ hotel boasts many recreational and relaxation facilities including a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool in a citrus tree-lined courtyard, a 24-hour fitness center, three tennis courts, therapy rooms and a gift shop. Dine at the Cactus Rose Steakhouse on the patio or savor contemporary Southwestern cuisine at Javelina Cantina.

Keynote Presenters:

Zhudi Jasser, MD: Author of the Simon and Schuster published, A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith, Dr. Jasser is a frequent guest in the national media and regularly briefs members of the House and Senate on the threat of Political Islam.

Patrick Wood: Economist by education, a financial analyst and writer by profession, and an American Constitutionalist, Mr. Wood authored, Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse Of Global Transformation.

Kelli Ward, DO: A leader against government intrusion into patient care while in the Arizona State Senate, Dr. Ward is now seeking to bring her advocacy for liberty and voice of common sense to the United States Senate. https://www.kelliward.com/

Fighting the Corporatization of Medicine:

Jeff Nordella, MD: Dr. Nordella fought a decade long legal battle against Anthem Blue Cross and won. Now he tells the harrowing tale and exposes the corruption at the core of the managed care cartel in his must read book,Denied:  http://www.deniedjeffreynordellamd.com/

Barbara Duck: Previously a software developer for the medical industry, Ms. Duck now works to educate physicians and their patients about how they can fight back against the misuse of Big Data by the Medical Industrial Complex to increase costs and decrease access to care. Read her latest on how PBMs are invading the discount Rx card market.

Margalit Gur-Arie: After a career as an Israeli aeronautical engineer, Ms. Gur-Arie launched a firm to support the HIT needs of small practices. She has a passion for seeing independent practice survive, about which she frequently writes. See her blog post calling on physicians to be conscientious objectors to MACRA and the McDonaldization of Medicine.

Robert S. Emmons, MD: How does bureaucratic interference impact physician well being? Dr. Emmons talk will explore “EHR Brain and Other Psychopathologies of Everyday Medical Life.”

Omnia Pro Aegroto. Medical Ethics that Put Patients First: 

Kris Held, MD: One of the foremost leaders in the fight to restore American medicine, Dr. Held will discuss securing the blessings of liberty to practice Hippocratic medicine.

Ron Panzer: Mr. Panzer heads the Hospice Patients Alliance and raises awareness about how corporate and federal control of American medicine has created a increasing culture of stealth euthanasia.

Federal & State Reforms to Increase Freedom for Patients & Physicians:

Senator Nancy Barto: The chair of the Arizona Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Barto is a champion of patient and physician rights.

Representative from CMS: We are working with CMS to get a high-level representative to participate in our annual meeting, both to tell us how CMS plans to reduce burdens on practicing physicians and to listen to YOU to learn about the obstacles you face day-to-day.

Linda Gorman: Director of the Independence Institute Health Policy Center, Ms. Gorman works extensively on the problems created by government interference in health care and the promise of consumer directed solutions.

Beverly GossageMs. Gossage advises businesses and governments, of all sizes, about implementing Health Savings Accounts to lower costs and empower patients.

Winning the War to Stop Maintenance of Certification:

Chuck Kroll, CPA: A veteran of exposing managed care financial smoke and mirrors, forensic accountant Chuck Kroll has turned his talents to finding out the truth about the ABMS “billion dollar baby.”

Sheila Page, DO & David McKalip, MD: The AAPS Texas and Florida Chapter Presidents will share their analysis from the front lines of the battle to pass legislation to reform MOC.

Andrew Schlafly, Esq: Mr. Schlafly will reveal the latest news about lawsuits challenging MOC. Earlier this year he helped secure a key victory when a federal court dismissed ABIM vs. Rushford.

We’ve also invited representatives from non-ABMS certification entities to participate.

Solutions to Combat Sham Peer Review:

Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD: Serving as the chairman of the AAPS Committee to Combat Sham Peer Review since 2004, earlier this year Dr. Huntoon testified in a sham peer review case where the physician won a jury award of $1.18 million.

Dwight Lundell, MD: Dr. Lundell, a  renowned pioneer in off pump cardiac surgery, has survived unfounded attacks by the Arizona Medical Board.

Free Market Solutions Benefiting Patients and Doctors:

This year’s meeting will feature a panel composed of leaders from the three major health care sharing programs: Samaritan Ministries, MediShare, and Liberty. They will provide an update geared towards what physicians need to know about working with direct pay patients who are members of health sharing plans. The panel will be led by free market pioneer, MediBid founder Ralph Weber.

Dave Racer, MLitt: Some of the most widely read books promoting medical freedom have been published by Mr.Racer through Alethos Press. The most recent is Passion for Patients, which Dave co-authored with Dr. Lee Beecher. In addition, he is a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Jonathan Kaplan, MD: Dr. Kaplan is creating innovative solutions for connecting direct pay patients to physicians.

Updates from Key Members of the AAPS Team:

Michael J. A. Robb, MD – AAPS President www.RobbMD.com

Al Fisher, MD.– AAPS President-Elect

Jane Orient, MD – AAPS Executive Director

Andrew Schlafly, Esq. – AAPS General Counsel
Legal Updates on Stopping the War on Doctors and Patients

James Coy, MD – Chair, AAPSPAC
To usher in our 75th year, Dr. Coy will share highlights of the crucial contributions made by AAPS to fight for patients and their physicians.

Business Meeting of the AAPS General Assembly:

The business meeting will include resolutions submitted by YOU. To be considered, resolutions must be submitted 60 days prior to the annual meeting.  A resolution to update model legislation on MOC has already been submitted.

Resolutions from past recent meetings can be viewed here (2007 to present) and here (2000 to 2006).

It will also include the election of AAPS officers and directors. A list of candidates nominated can be viewed here.

As you can see this is already an action packed agenda with an all-star cast, but we anticipate adding even more high-powered speakers and will provide an updated list in future announcements.

*Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) through the joint providership of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services is accredited by the New Mexico Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Statement: RMCHCS designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



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