With a significant portion of their physician constituency opposing the misnamed Affordable Care Act, i.e. Obamacare, and set to be harmed by bureaucracy-laden MACRA regulations why are some of the biggest names in “organized medicine” out in front cheering on these harmful programs?
Follow. The. Money.
The American College of Physicians has received about $3.5 Million in taxpayer funds from the federal government since 2011:
The AMA $5.4 Million (not including CPT royalties):
And this is “chump change,” explains Dr. Meg Edison, compared to the $86 Million taxpayer dollars the American Academy of Pediatrics raked in. “No wonder they were hashtagging the heck out of #VoteKids at election time. It’s a big business.”
Bob Doherty, Exec. Dir. of ACP retorts that the taxpayer dollars “to help docs improve quality isn’t a COI but core to @acpinternists‘ mission to promote excellence in medicine.”
“Helping docs improve quality” is apparently a euphemism for training physicians to comply with the crushing burdens of ACA and MACRA, a program passed in the name of “quality” but which ultimately punishes physicians for practicing individualized patient care, instead of cook book medicine as defined by CMS policy-wonks.
A sizable chunk of the funds flowing to ACP is ACA-driven funding “to help health providers achieve large-scale transformation” and “ensure sustainability” of these efforts.
With these large sums of money flowing into the coffers of those supposedly representing America’s physicians and their patients, it’s past time for hard questions to be asked and answered. Whose interests is “organized medicine” really looking out for? A hint: it’s not physicians or patients…