From: Jonathan Weiss <email@example.com> Date: May 28, 2014 at 8:50:28 PM EDT To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Re: Your ABIM MOC Status Report Exam Deadline Has Been Updated
Dear Dr. Baron,
On the one hand, little further clarification is needed, as the ABIM has seen fit to bombard me and all other diplomats with a tidal wave of informational emails (as well as similar info via the US mail). On the other hand, the current requirements of MOC are so convoluted that in all likelihood, no amount of informational messages could ever clarify what is inherently indecipherable.
The latest campaign by the ABIM against Internists is using lay people to criticize and judge “board certified” MDs by adding lay people to the board member ship of the ABIM. So a high school dropout with dementia can be an ABIM board member and judge working MD’s honestly. It appears this Baron of ABIM has been reading Maoist history. During the dark ages of the cultural revolution in China from the mid 1960 to 1970, the Communist Party there decided to destroy intellects as society enemies; trained doctors were made to clean toilets while high school students learned how to be doctors by trial and error on people! The ABIM is trying to destroy us in a similar fashion which increases their power, just like Mao who destroyed the educated class to ensure his total power. Seem similar?
In the words of philosopher/economist Frederic Bastiat (author of The Law), “See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.”
Medicare, of course, is part of the Social Security Act.
Both Social Security and Medicare are giant Ponzi schemes. They transfer wealth from current workers to retired workers. All Ponzi schemes eventually collapse when the scheme runs out of “other peoples’ money.”
The official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society, Anesthesia and Analgesia has published Dr. Paul Kempen’s (M.D., Ph.D.) comprehensive review of “Maintenance of Certification and Licensure: Regulatory Capture of Medicine” in Vol. 118. No. 6, June 2014 edition.
I grew up in a blue collar inner city “broken home,” and worked continuously from age 14 onward. I paid my way through catholic high school and public university, learning German as a premedical prerequisite. Financial aid allowed me to go to Germany as a “Junior Year Abroad” student. I was admitted after 1 semester into a premier medical program of the Albert Ludwig Universität Freiburg, founded in 1457, completing my American Bachelor of Science in Biology in Germany over the next 3 semesters. I then traveled to New Zealand for medical externship for 6 months.
As a medical student, I was qualified to work as a nurse after completing a 2-month rotation in clinical nursing as required by my program. During my semester breaks, I often worked 11-hour shifts as a night nurse on the surgical ward. My record was 30 consecutive 11-hour night shifts. This work, along with periodic red cell and plasma donations, allowed me to finance my medical study in Europe.
Did you know that despite Section 1803 of Title 18 of the Social Security Act (Medicare), which says:
“Nothing contained in this title shall be construed to preclude any State from providing, or any individual from purchasing or otherwise securing, protection against the cost of any health services,” the government destroyed the private insurance market following implementation of Medicare. That means, that citizens 65 and over cannot purchase private insurance with better coverage than rationed Medicare, even if they wanted to, because no private plan for those 65 and over exists.
Common core is a super hot topic that has a great deal in common with the major healthcare issues facing the public today.
The first commonality is a major misconception in the concepts of standardization as a mechanism for leveling the playing field. Standardized goals do not secure any kind of improvement of a profession or a students education alone. The delivery of the subjects and services are the ultimate arena to be measured but not in examinations. Testing cannot measure the goals of the assessed, it measures some of the attainment of specific skill sets and much of concept awareness, but not the poorly assesses the application of that accumulated knowledge (wisdom). The benefits must be measured in outcomes, eg. for students; better students, better job candidates, better college candidates, better vocational training candidates and for Physicians: better health outcomes for patients, reduced cost of care, better return to work and productive status for patients, recovery of the health activities of daily living, reduction in pain, etc.
Ms. Carol A. Thoma
American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
330 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 6
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
RE: AOA # 064509
I am in receipt of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians letter from you dated May 14th, 2014 indicating that I have passed both cognitive and practical re-certifications in Osteopathic Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, and that my certificate re-certification period will be from January 1st, 2015 to December 31st., 2022, a period of eight years only.
I am writing to inquire if the OCC, the Osteopathic Continuous Certification process is required to keep my Ohio Medical license. Continue reading →
The Robin Hood analogy of “taking from the rich and giving to the poor,” is completely the opposite for those who are struggling to get by on what they make.
The minimum wage earner flipping burgers has money taken from his meager paycheck to pay for Medicare. Those who are on Medicare have assets (own their own home, savings, pensions etc.), and are relatively “rich” compared to the minimum wage worker.
Thus, in many instances, the government takes from the poor and gives it to the rich. Continue reading →
Choose Wisely is a CMS backed program used by government, insurance, hospitals and corporate medicine to selectively eliminate physicians who won’t do what they ask and more importantly eliminate physicians who insist on delivering individualized physician care designed to get patients healed or to control their disease as best as possible.
MOC is the method by which Choose wily has control over the situation by requiring in the contracts that physicians comply or be dropped. Voluntary participation is a lie. Continue reading →