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CANCELLED – March 20, 2020 – Thrive, Not Just Survive XXIX, Restoring the Joy in Medicine by Putting Patients First

March 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dear Participants of AAPS Thrive Not Just Survive XXIX,

AAPS has been doing everything within our control to carry forward with the events on March 20 and 21, 2020. The last time AAPS cancelled an event was in 1945 due to WWII travel restrictions.

This afternoon St. Louis County issued strict restrictions on gatherings which prohibit the holding of our events. Therefore all AAPS events on March 20 & 21 in St. Louis have been cancelled.

We are looking at the possibility of holding it at a date over the summer and will let you know more as this planning progresses.

If you have a hotel room that needs to be cancelled, please do so as soon as possible to avoid any fees. The hotel should fully honor your cancellation if done at this time and please let us know if you have any difficulties with this. The confirmation emailed to you from the hotel will have a cancellation link or you can call the reservations number at 877-227-6963.

Some airlines appear to be offering special flexibility this month so please check with your airline if you have a ticket for travel to St. Louis to check on your options.

Please let me know that you received this email by replying to this message or by calling/texting me at 520-270-0761. I also plan to start calling all attendees to confirm receipt of this message. If you reply to this email it will not be necessary for me to call you.

If you have additional questions please contact me anytime at this same number or by email

Thank you so much for understanding during this difficult time.

Jeremy Snavely
AAPS Business Manager

Join us on March 20, 2020

Summit & Dinner: Thrive – Not JUST Survive XXIX – Restoring the Joy in Medicine by Putting Patients First, & Politics and Your Practice 2020

Register for Full Summit or Register for Dinner Only

DATE: Friday, March 20, 2020
WHEN: 1:00pm to 6:00pm – Workshop
6:00pm to 9:00pm – Reception, Briefing & Dinner
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport
11228 Lone Eagle Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044
CLICK HERE for online room reservations
AAPS Group Rate $106/night. Reservation cut-off Feb. 28.


The online reservation form is NOT mobile compatible. If you do not have access to a computer, you may call Crowne Plaza reservations at 877-227-6963 and ask to make a reservation for the group code “P S Three.”

COST: Summit (includes dinner):
$150 AAPS member
$200 non-member,
$75 Office staff w/ Doctor
Residents, Medical Students FREE
Dinner Only: $60/person

Register for Full Summit or Register for Dinner Only

Event Information:

Beat the Middlemen and Bureaucrats Interfering in Patient Care and Impeding Your Ability to Practice Medicine the Right Way!
Come discuss strategies for restoring the joy in medicine and putting patients first.

Come and learn strategies and tactics to:

  • Counteract, negate, reduce and even eliminate insurance bureaucrat interference in your practice and patient care
  • Fight back against hospital administrator attacks on physicians who put patients first.
  • Help your practice and patients navigate the challenges of encounters with government entities who put red tape before patient care.
  • Handle unwarranted Medical Board accusations that tie up your time and resources.


Interwoven throughout the afternoon and evening will be updates and discussion about Politics and Your Practice in 2020. What political and policy victories do we need to strive for in 2020 and beyond to restore and protect the patient-physician relationship and the ability to practice Hippocratic medicine?

Register for Full Summit or Register for Dinner Only




Phil Eskew, DO, JD, MBA

Kris Held, MD
AAPS President 2020

Raymond Kordonowy, MD
Internal Medicine, Lipid, and Wellness of Ft. Myers

Richard Kube, MD
Prairie Spine and Pain Institute

Daniel B. Bruzzini, MD, MBA
Neonatology, St. Louis, MO

Larry Huntoon, MD, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons

John Lilly, DO, MBA

Family Medicine, Springfield, MO

Jane M. Orient, MD
AAPS Executive Director


Andrew Schlafly, Esq.
AAPS General Counsel

Ralph Weber, CLU
Founder, MediBid

Steven Abbadessa, DO
Colon Rectal Healthcenter of St. Louis


Noon Registration opens

1:00pm to 5:30pm
Afternoon Workshop

1:00pm – Welcome

1:05pm – Fighting for Patients and the Profession Against Hospital, Insurance Company, and Government Attacks, Andrew Schlafly Esq.

1:35pm – Sham Peer Review: Curbing the Growing Epidemic Plaguing Physicians who Put Patients First, Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD.

2:05pm – Q&A with Mr. Schlafly and Dr. Huntoon

2:30pm – Break

2:45pm – Patient and Physicians Rights vs. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and the Opioid Epidemic, John D. Lilly, DO, MBA

3:15pm – Q&A with Dr. Lilly

3:30pm – Free Market Medicine Update 2020: True Patient-Centered Solutions from the Grassroots, Phil Eskew, DO, JD, MBA

4:00pm – Case Studies in Free Market Medicine – Raymond Kordonowy, MD, Internal Medicine Lipid & Wellness Of Fort Myers

4:15pm – Case Studies in Free Market Medicine – Richard Kube, MD, Prairie Spine and Pain Institute

4:30pm – Case Studies in Free Market Medicine – Steven Abbadessa, DO, Colon Rectal Healthcenter of St. Louis

4:45pm – Q&A with Dr. Eskew, Dr. Kordonowy, Dr. Kube, & Dr. Abadessa

5:15pm – Break & Reception

6:00pm to 8:30pm
Evening Briefings and Dinner

6:00pm – Welcome,  AAPS President Kris Held, MD

6:15pm – The Battle Against Big Medicine to Obtain Real Prices, Ralph Weber, MediBid

7:00pm – Dinner

7:30pm – American Medicine: Going Backward to Go Forward, Daniel B. Bruzzini MD, MBA, CPE

8:00pm – Summit Wrap Up, Jane M. Orient, MD, AAPS Executive Director

8:30pm – Adjourn


March 20, 2020
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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