Re: Comments on “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Reducing Regulatory Burdens and Improving Health Care Choices To Empower Patients” Docket No. CMS-9928-NC, RIN 0938-ZB39 Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments to CMS on ways the agency can lower the regulatory burden on patients and their physicians. We will make a few targeted […]
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) congratulates Rep. Tom Price, M.D., (R-Ga.) on winning confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) over bitter opposition. As reported in the Washington Post, one major objection to Dr. Price was his support for some “unorthodox” views also held by AAPS: freedom for patients and […]
by Marilyn M. Singleton, M.D., J.D. Senior citizens, don’t be fooled. The federal government asserts that Medicare sets a high bar for medical care and we are lucky to have it. Not so. It does, however, claim a virtual monopoly on health insurance coverage for all eligible persons. All citizens who receive Social Security or […]
Re: Comments on Final rule with comment period, Docket No. CMS-5517-FC, RIN 0938-AS69, Medicare Program; Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models, Federal Register, Volume Vol. 81, No. 214, Part II (Friday, November 4, 2016) The Association of American Physicians and […]
To great applause from the American Medical Association (AMA), Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), almost unanimously. It was hailed as the repeal of the notorious Clinton-Gingrich sustained growth rate (SGR) formula, which threatened large pay cuts for Medicare physicians every year. It was actually a “repeal and replace” […]
These form are successfully used by a practicing physician. Click here to return to main information page on opting out of Medicare. Medicare Opt-Out – General Guidelines This is a basic document to explain how to use the other forms. Word Format PDF FORMAT Opt-Out – Physician – standard Physician contract Word Format PDF FORMAT […]
The latest fad, a “free” smartphone app called Pokémon GO, has reportedly exceeded even Twitter and pornography in popularity. One hospital has banned it for employees because they were glued to their screens instead of interacting with patients.
by Jane M. Orient, M.D. The Republicans are at it again: trying to tweak a bad idea, make it “bipartisan,” and set a flawed system more firmly in concrete. What we really need is a Republican reform—one that can restore the Republic, along with medicine. Yes, ObamaCare needs to be repealed—every last syllable. But that’s […]
American physicians have already been declaring independence from Medicare, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), but the imposition of new payment methods may lead to a rush to imitate the British in exiting the regime of a remote, unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy.
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Farzad Mostashari, who spent two years leading the White House effort to implement electronic health records, has argued that Medicare’s new physician payment rule would be “financial suicide for small practices.” Later he said “I regret [saying that], a little bit. I don’t […]