The MOC:PQRS; Now More Than Ever, We Need Leaders

MOC OCC MOL PQRS: overwhelming force
Need physician leaders in the trenches

The Practical C-L Psychiatrist

I just got an email from a colleague containing the link to Dr. Kempen’s Medical Economics article on MOC:PQRS. You’ve read my thoughts and I think everyone who believes in the principle of lifelong learning but is opposed to Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as an avenue for achieving it should know Dr. Kempen’s views. He’s been a tireless champion of the critical importance of exposing the MOC machine as an unworthy candidate for realizing the principle of lifelong learning for years and is the leader who showed that the Maintenance of Licensure (MOL, which was defeated in Ohio), a move to tie medical licensure to MOC promulgated by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), could be defeated if physicians united and just said “no.”

Leadership in the pursuit of practical, meaningful, and non-burdensome lifelong learning is sorely needed, and I’m reminded of my membership on the committee for cultivating a culture…

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How The Government Works: A Chicken in Every Pot

President decides that all deserve a chicken in every pot to get votes for reelection. He raises taxes and gives all an ecologically correct free range chicken to everyone to ensure their vote. President raises debt ceiling to borrow more money to buy chicken. People like this gift and vote him in again. People again want “free” chicken. This time president says all must have chicken and fines all those who don’t buy chicken, but calls it a tax. Chicken production industry happily and ramps up production with steroids and antibiotics, until the government establishes price controls for the poultry industry. Everyone loses in the end.

Moral of the story: It is not good to be a chicken or a taxpayer.

Craig M. Wax DO

Health Insurance Increases ER Use

The Oregon Medicaid study demonstrates that health insurance leads to widespread ER use ( People would use the ER less only if they were paying the bill out of pocket and shared the financial risk. Patients would wait to see their family doctor for $100 on Monday instead of a $1000 six hour sojourn to the ER on a a Sunday. ACA Obamacare and Medicaid are failing miserably. They are not even insurance by definition but government mandated healthcare prepaid financing plans. They all have huge profits for private insurers made mandatory by law and puts patients, taxpayers and their descendants at ultimate risk. Competitive freemarket healthcare individual healthfreedom is the answer.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
Host of Your Health Matters
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
Twitter @drcraigwax
Independent Physicians For Patient independence @IP4PI

Now It’s Official: The $1 Million Mistake is Becoming A Doctor

As you can see, the loss of autonomy and income due to insurance red tape, government ACA Obamacare onerous over regulation and AMA/ABMS AOA lifetime continuous certification requirements (OCC MOC), make the time and money investment unworthy and unwise to become a physician. The crisis created by health insurance profiteering and government takeover will lead to physician loss and less care access. Perhaps them we can try competitive freemarket healthcare individual healthfreedom as was successful and fair prior to government and insurance intervention in the 1940s.

$1 Million Mistake: Becoming A Doctor

Government and Insurance embezzling money from physicians and patients

Dear AOA and AMA

The government and insurance companies are embezzling money from all medical practices and patients through claim denials, deceptive business practices and outright lying thievery. Can the AOA and AMA heed our SOS and fight for freemarket healthcare individual healthfreedom? Physician can and must work only directly for patients, not third parties of ANY kind, including government.

Best wishes for good health,
Craig M. Wax, DO
Family physician, Editorial Board of Medical Economics
Host of Your Health Matters
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM
Twitter @drcraigwax
Independent Physicians For Patient independence @IP4PI

ACA: The Shredding of Healthcare and United States’ Constitution

January 16, 2014

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a.k.a., Obamacare, has been forced upon the United States’ citizens, patients, physicians, and surgeons. This universal healthcare law shreds the very fibers that are the foundation to the United States’ freedoms. Its origin is unlawful according to the United States’ Constitution.  A full repeal of the ACA is required to stop the government’s abuse, and corporate insurers’ infiltration into the private patient-physician relationship, and into the lives of the American people.

I certainly appreciate the concerns and interests of the people to gather more information regarding the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), on the United States’ citizens, patients, and specifically its impact on the osteopathic physicians and surgeons. The ACA also adversely affects allopathic physicians and surgeons as well.

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For doctors, 2014 will look like a last stand for the profession

The Best $600 you’ll ever spend.  Guest message from Matt McCord, M.D.

I agree with the healthcare economist Paul Keckley that 2014 is a watershed year for American Healthcare.   “For doctors, 2014 will look like a last stand for the profession.”

2014 will finally provide us an opportunity to demonstrate our real value to the American public.

Barbarians, disruptors, it is time to unite!

The next two crises in American healthcare are cost and access.

Whoever provides the answers to solve those problems will have the loudest voice and most influence.

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