Call Your NJ Politicians Now to Vote NO on S4204! Physicians (and everyone else) in NJ will be unable to take side jobs as contractors.

“New Jersey’s law regarding independent contractors [will be] the most restrictive in the nation,” if the State Legislature passes S4204, reports JD Supra in an analysis of a ill-conceived bill ” that could decimate the state’s gig economy.”

The Jersey Conservative puts it this way:

Are you a photographer? A truck driver owner-operator? A freelance writer? A tree trimmer? A dog groomer? A lawyer? A locksmith? A tow-truck driver? A million other things? [e.g. a doctor] Yeah. You’re screwed.

https://www.jerseyconservative.org/blog/2019/11/22/trentonian-the-lives-of-hundreds-of-thousands-of-new-jerseyans-are-about-to-be-destroyed

Spurred by the growth of crowdsourcing apps like Uber and Lyft, this bill “could effectively end independent contract work for many residents in the state if passed,” concurs the Washington Examiner.

California passed a similarly controversial bill earlier this year. But unlike the California bill that exempted a broad array of professionals, including physicians and surgeons, from the law’s prohibition on independent contracting, the NJ bill has only very narrow exemptions.

As written, under the New Jersey bill, “doctors who contract with a health care group, an attorney contracted by a law firm or a political consultant contracted to a political campaign may not be able to [be considered an independent contractor],” concludes JD Supra.

Can such a draconian and un-American bill pass? It is being “fast-tracked for passage in the coming weeks,” according to the Jersey Conservative blog. And JD Supra “predict[s] it will [pass].”

Please speak out TODAY and ask your NJ legislators to oppose S4204: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectMun.asp

Read more about the implications of this awful bill: https://www.jerseyconservative.org/blog/2019/11/22/trentonian-the-lives-of-hundreds-of-thousands-of-new-jerseyans-are-about-to-be-destroyed

AOA’s Problematic Response to President Trump’s Executive Order

Friend of IP4PI, Richard Koss, D.O., writes in:

Below is the response from the AOA regarding the recent presidential executive order regarding Medicare.

Well they do make some accurate points towards the end of the letter there are many problems and issues that need to be brought out.

First. The federal government like most of America do not know what a DO or osteopathy is. Since this is a presidential executive order, does the President of the United States even know what osteopathy is? I doubt it! therefore the bureaucrats in Washington DC will not pay attention to this letter.

Second. The AOA does not speak for the 145,000 DO’s in this country. They can only speak for their membership which at this point is below 30% of all DO’s. since the AOA has not brought this information out to the membership and asked for support they cannot speak for any DO at this point. Likewise only 15% of MDs belong to the AMA. And again the AMA cannot speak for the vast majority of physicians in this country. Yet they do.

Third. Where in this response letter does the AOA expound on the difference between allopathic and osteopathic physician’s? And show our superiority in quality, cost containment etc. based on OSTEOPATHIC PRINCIPLES! Where does the AOA champion the use of osteopathic manipulative medicine in the care for seniors.

Interstate licensure Compact…NO!

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Osteopathic Medicine in Crisis: Fighting for the Existence and Future of Osteopathy

Friend of IP4PI, Richard Koss, D.O., writes:

The current issue with Resolution 17 points to a larger issue facing the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and osteopathic physicians.

I was about to send the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) a four-page letter outlining the dilemma of the future of osteopathy. However in this current crisis I will try to simplify and outline the issues and hope that the leadership will take an aggressive, proactive role in fighting for the existence and future of osteopathy. I am pleading to the AAO leadership to keep their membership fully informed and transparent as to the issues we currently face! This will not be solved from a top down decision/solution. The solutions will be like the very beginning is of our profession. It will come from the people, and membership who will force the change at the political top.

I hope the AAO leadership can see the larger implications of Resolution 17 and what it means to the future of osteopathy.

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