Comments Due 9/23 on Proposed Rule Requiring Certification for Compact Licensure

As we’ve warned before, The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, is not going to solve the problem it claims to fix. It simply creates a new bureaucratic entity with little meaningful accountability.

The Commission in control of the Compact appears to be making a minor concession on the issue of MOC in an upcoming rule. The proposed rule currently under consideration requires that a physician seeking Compact licensure:

Holds specialty certification or a time-unlimited specialty certificate recognized by the ABMS or the AOA’s Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists. The specialty certification or a time unlimited specialty certificate does not have to be maintained once a physician is initially determined to be eligible for expedited licensure through the Compact.

Because of the above wording, the Commission will now claim they aren’t requiring MOC for Compact participation. However as board certification is required at the time of initial determination of eligibility, physicians not participating in onerous recertification schemes when applying for a compact license may find their ability to obtain a license via the compact in jeopardy.
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Rowan Univ. School of Osteopathic Medicine Remembers Dr. Robert Maurer’s 39 Years of Service

Dear Faculty, Staff, Residents, and Students,

With sadness, we share the news of the passing of Dr. Robert Maurer on September 11, 2016.

Dr. Maurer served as a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine with the School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM) for 39 years. During his time of service, he held a number of administrative and clinical roles. He retired from active employment at SOM in 1997, but continued in a volunteer role as an adjunct associate professor until his passing. Continue reading

R.I.P. Dr. Robert Maurer – a gentleman, a statesman, a renaissance man of Osteopathic medicine

Colleagues,

It is with a sad heart that I write to inform you that my longtime mentor, personal friend and friend to the Osteopathic profession passed away yesterday evening. Robert “Bob” Maurer DO died after a prolonged battle with cancer over the last few years. He was a gentleman, a statesman, and an osteopathic physician, through and through. He brought a kind, commonsense approach to his patient care and the professions fight for recognition and excellence. He was a PCOM graduate 1962, practiced family medicine and rheumatology, and was part of the team that established the school of osteopathic medicine at UMDNJ that became Rowan SOM. He worked for the school in the Department of family practice and established the Sicklerville healthcare center. In his career of that spanned more than four decades, he was a champion of the philosophy and politics of osteopathic physicians and their patients, tirelessly, until his final day. He spoke truth firmly to power, which is virtually unheard of nowadays.

He was described by his longtime friend Albert Talone DO:

“Dr. Bob was the most dedicated man to the profession, I know. His intellect, leadership and integrity were a rarity these days. I will surely miss him   We have truly lost a good friend; a renaissance man of Osteopathic medicine and letters.”

The funeral will be at Temple Emanuel, 100 James Street, Edison, NJ 08820 at 12:30 pm on Thursday.

Internment Beth Israel cemetery 2:15pm.

An In Memoriam from NJAOPS includes more info about Dr. Maurers accomplished lifetime of service:

Born in Brooklyn, he completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania in 1953 and received his doctor of osteopathic medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1962. Between degrees, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1958.

Dr. Maurer joined NJAOPS in 1963, and served as the 1976-1977 president. He also served the osteopathic profession as a long-time officer of the Middlesex County Osteopathic Society, the NJAOPS House of Delegates, the AOA House of Delegates and the New Jersey Osteopathic Foundation. He was recognized for his contributions as the NJAOPS 1990 Physician of the Year and Life Membership in 2002.

An outspoken advocate for osteopathic physicians and their patients, he ran for the New Jersey Senate in 1983 and the New Jersey General Assembly in 1987.

Beyond New Jersey, in 1970 he became the youngest member ever elected to the PCOM alumni board, provided long-time leadership to the American Osteopathic College of Rheumatology, and secured financial support for osteopathic medical school scholarships and continuing education as a member of the Area VII Physicians Review Organization.

Continuing his advocacy on behalf of his colleagues long after his retirement from practicing medicine, Dr. Maurer has spent the last several years pressing for a reevaluation and reform of physician evaluation and testing unless it can be proven to improve patient care.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family Physician
National Physicians Council on Healthcare Policy member
Host of Your Health Matters
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
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AROC conference spring 2016. (above)
Craig M Wax DO, Robert Maurer DO, Albert Tallone DO

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Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Doctors

Guest Post from Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

Doctors play an integral role in healthcare. Highly educated and experienced, they have been relegated as servants to business people. But who do you want making medical decisions when you become ill? A well-educated and trained physician, or a profiteering businessperson?

Their backgrounds are different. Doctors have always been highly scrutinized, whereas hospital administrators, insurance executives, and Big Pharma CEO credentials are lacking. Yet, these businesspeople are the ones short-changing the naive public for personal financial enrichment.

Below you will find my most recent posting. Feel free to pass it forward if you believe it is worthy. If you do not wish to receive my emails, let me know and I will remove you from my list.

At the end there is a link for Comments.

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The Progress and Consequences of the ACGME Merger: A Call for Action©

“The profession should reverse course [on ACGME merger], continue to maintain its own osteopathic graduate medical education system, fix the existing problems with that system, expand it, innovate with it, particularly by developing ambulatory-based programs which reflect the reality of clinical practice,” writes Dr. Norman Gevitz in his call to action published today.  Click here to this important article.

Dr. Gevitz is Professor of the History and Sociology of Medicine & Senior Vice President—Academic Affairs, AT Still University. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed publications including The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America 2nd edition (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).

Additional Related Resources:

An Open Letter from the AACOM Executive Committee in Response to Dr. Gevitz’s previous call for action.
Letter To Medical Economics from Craig M. Wax, DO

California Bill is Bad for Everyone But Insurers

California’s legislature just gave a gift to the insurance and managed care industry and it’s bad news for independent physicians and their patients.

AB 72 is on the way to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. This bill will not fix the surprise medical bill problem it claims to solve and it will harm patients’ access to medical care by independent physicians.  Insurers will in many cases be able to dictate the fees of out-of-network physicians and the result could be devastating for these doctors.

Doctors in California have sent an emergency request to Governor Brown, asking him to veto this bad bill. It reads in part:

Promoted misleadingly as a means to end ‘surprise billing,’ AB 72 will actually enrich insurance companies while creating shortages of care for patients. Patients are increasingly being forced into narrow networks, in order to cut costs for insurers. The care they need is often not available in the network. Many physicians stay out of network because the extremely low in-network fees they are allowed to charge wouldn’t cover the costs of keeping their doors open…. [T]his bill will exacerbate California’s current physician shortage. Hospital call panels that provide emergency and also safety-net care for uninsured and under-insured Medi-Cal patients will be unable to deliver adequate specialty services.

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IP4PI Participates in National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician Suicide

August 20th was a National Day of Solidarity to Prevent Physician Suicide.

Learn more at http://www.care2.com/savedoctors and watch Dr. Craig M. Wax speak at the Philadelphia County Medical Society about ending this epidemic on the Health Is Number One YouTube Channel.

Medical Economics has published a transcript of the talk:
http://medicaleconomics.modernmedicine.com/medical-economics/news/physicians-abused-ignored-and-silenced-no-more?page=0,0

Thank you to Dr. Pam Wible – http://www.idealmedicalcare.org/blog/ – for launching this much needed initiative to save physician lives.

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