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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Eliminating The 6 Degrees of Patient-Physician Separation

Our Eliminating The 6 Degrees of Patient-Physician Separation article, penned by IP4PI founder Craig M. Wax, DO has been published at KevinMD.com!  Please check it out and leave your comments:

http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2016/08/6-degrees-patient-physician-separation.html

Discriminating against the Greatest Generation: The Two-Tiered System of Hospital Care

Guest Post from Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.

Elder seniors should be treated with the utmost respect and dignity as they made sacrifices laying the basis for our nation. Why though are they being treated as second-class citizens?

Money. Business has taken over medicine, and with this debacle a two-tied system has been created discriminating against the Greatest Generation. Please read my commentary below as there might be a solution to this problem. Free free to make comments using the link at the end.

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Gene

The Two-Tiered System of Hospital Care

Born in Canada, our mother came to the United States after World War II and blended into the Greatest Generation. Raising a family in the second half of the 20th Century saw her contribute to a thriving American society then maintain retirement health on Medicare. But in her early 90s, this tranquility was threatened when her HMO hospital tried to kill her. Continue reading

AOA is at Critical Point in Its History

Stuart Damon, DO shares his recent correspondence with then-AOA President (now Immediate Past President) John Becher, DO:

From: Stuart Damon
Date: April 13, 2016
To: John Becher
Subject: Re: What makes you and me different?

Dr. Becher –

Thank you for your reply. I do appreciate your response.

With respect, a HOD resolution isn’t enough. From what I have heard so far, the ACOFP has forwarded a recommendation encouraging review of OCC. Tactically and strategically inadequate. OCC and recertification both need to be done away with by immediate action of the AOA leadership.

OCC and the manner in which came into being is a symptom of a larger problem (more to follow).

There are virtually no data that compare lifetime with time-limited diplomates; I have found two such studies. Neither involved a large sample space, and both demonstrated similar results: though the marker of quality was different between the two studies, there were no differences between lifetime and time-limited certification holders. Continue reading

Anti-Trust Class Action Filed Against AOA by Osteopathic Physicians

Update: For more details and contact info related to this ground-breaking suit:
http://www.duanemorris.com/site/osteopathclassaction.html

anit-oocA group of the nation’s osteopathic doctors – including IP4PI founder, Craig M Wax, DO, along with Albert A. Talone, DO,  Richard Renza, DO, and Roy Stoller, DO – filed suit against the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to recover millions of dollars in annual membership fees that the doctors have been forced to pay for years to the organization. The money is paid as a condition of obtaining and maintaining physicians’ board certification in any advanced medical specialty. The physicians—who have filed the suit as a class action—contend that the requirement that they purchase memberships is illegal, has no reasonable connection to the advanced certification and violates the antitrust laws.

Class-action lawsuit filed against American Osteopathic Association over membership fees Philadelphia Business Journal, August 2, 2016
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine in Certification Dispute Philadelphia Inquirer, August 2, 2016

Duane Morris Press Release: Osteopathic Physicians Sue to Recover Millions of Dollars in Membership Fees Paid to the AOA to Maintain Their Board Certifications

Class Action Complaint: Filed on August 1, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey