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74th Annual Meeting

October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017

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

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:

Zuhdi 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.

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:

Paul Kempen, MD, PhD: Perhaps the most prolific nemesis of the Maintenance of Certification cartel, Dr. Kempen will give an update on the fight to stop the FSMB’s Interstate Medical Licensure Compact from legislating MOC through the back door.

Charles P. 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.

Robert Van Boven, MD: Speaking out for his patients made him the target of sham peer review. Dr. Van Boven will tell the inspiring story of how one doctor fought back and won.

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.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

2:00pm to 2:15pm
Meeting Welcome. Al Fisher, MD, AAPS President-Elect

2:15pm to 2:30pm
AAPS President’s Message. Michael J. A. Robb, MD

2:30pm to 3:15pm
Defending Independent Physicians and their Patients. Legal Update from AAPS General Counsel Andrew Schlafly, JD

3:15pm to 3:45pm
Passion for Patients. Dave Racer

3:45pm to 4:00pm
Break and Book Signing

4:00pm to 6:00pm
Panel: Winning the War Against MOC

4:00pm to 4:30pm
The ABMS Billion Dollar Baby. Charles P. Kroll, CPA

4:30pm to 4:50pm
Stopping the FSMB’s Interstate Medical Licensure Compact from legislating MOC Through the Back Door. Paul Kempen, MD, PhD

4:50pm to 5:10pm
ABPS: Non-ABMS controlled certification options
Linda Murphy, JD

5:10pm to 5:40pm
State Legislation to Stop MOC. Case Studies from Florida and Texas
David McKalip, MD & Sheila Page, DO

5:40pm to 6:00pm
Q & A with Panel

6:00pm to 6:15pm
Business Meeting: Introduction of Candidates and Resolutions

7:00pm to 9:00pm
President’s Welcome Reception

Friday, October 6, 2017
7:00am to 8:00am Breakfast with State Chapter Meetings

8:00am to 8:30am
Goals for the 75th Year of the Voice for Private Physicians. Al Fisher, MD

8:30am to 10:00am

Panel: Free Market Solutions Empowering  Patients and Physicians. Moderator. Ralph Weber

8:30am to 8:50am
Connecting Cash Pay Patients to Physicians
Jonathan Kaplan, MD

Spotlight on Health Sharing

8:50am to 9:05am Liberty HealthShare – John Hunt, MD

9:05am to 9:20am Christian Care Ministry – Chu Soh

9:20am to 9:35am Samaritan – James Lansberry

9:35am to 10am Q&A with Panel

10:00am to 10:15am BREAK (Book Signing)

10:15am to Noon

Panel: Legislative and Regulatory Reforms Empowering  Patients and  Physicians

10:15am to 10:35am
The State Legislature’s Role in Restoring Patient Freedom
Sen. Nancy Barto, Chair AZ Senate HHS Committee

10:35am to 10:55am
The Truth About Medicaid Reform
Linda Gorman, Independence Institute

10:55am to 11:15am
Reforms to Unleash the Consumer-Driven Revolution
Beverly Gossage

11:15am to 11:45 Q&A with Panel

Noon to 1:45pm Luncheon Keynote
Battling an Insurance Giant, and Winning
Jeffrey Nordella, MD

2:00pm to 2:15pm
AAPS Goals for 2017
Al Fisher, MD

2:15pm to 3:45pm
Panel: Restoring Medical Ethics that Put Patients First

2:15pm to 2:45pm
Opposing Physician Assisted Suicide
Zuhdi Jasser, MD

2:45pm to 3:15pm
Stealth Euthanasia
Ron Panzer

3:15pm to 3:30pm Q&A

3:30pm to 3:45pm BREAK

3:45pm to 5:45pm
Panel. Sham Peer Review

3:45pm to 4:15pm
Recognizing and Fighting Tactic of Sham Peer Review
Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD

4:15pm to 4:35pm
Case Study in Sham Peer Review
Dwight Lundell, MD

4:35pm to 4:55pm
How David and Doctors can beat Goliath: speaking out for patient care and safety, and surviving
Robert Van Boven, MD

4:55pm to 5:30pm Q&A for Panel

7:00pm to 9:30pm BANQUET

7:40pm to 8:00pm Kelli Ward, DO

8:00pm to 8:45pm
Technocracy Rising: The Trojan Horse of Global Transformation. Patrick Wood.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8am to 8:15am
Executive Director Update
Jane M. Orient, MD

8:15am to 8:45am
Business Meeting/Election

8:45am to 11:15am
Panel: Winning the War Against the Corporatization of Medicine

8:45am to 9:00am
Introduction to Panel by Al Fisher, MD

9:00am to 9:30am
EMR brain and other psychopathologies of everyday medical life.
Robert Emmons, MD

9:30am to 10:00am
Exposing Algos, Quants, and Big Data’s War on Patients and Doctors
Barbara Duck

10:00am to 10:15am Q&A with Panel

10:15am to 10:30am Break

10:30am to 11:00am
Securing the Blessings of Liberty to Practice Hippocratic Medicine
Kris Held, MD

11:00am to 11:30am
AAPS at 75: What’s Past is Prologue to Victory for Patients and Physicians
James Coy, MD

11:30am to Noon
Meeting Wrap-up; Good of the Order.

*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.



October 5, 2017
October 7, 2017
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