Anonymous commentary regarding lobbying by “non-profits”: “And what construes “lobbying” is vaguely defined. Advocating on behalf of the nonprofit/mission doesn’t necessarily equate to lobbying. So, if the Baron, chooses to have lunch with a few key people, like Pelosi, or Boehner, it’s lunch – and he was just advocating the mission. If he happens to mention to add ABMS to certain bills like HR2 in “passing”, that’s not really lobbying unless you can prove it. Influencing legislation without stakeholder input, primarily the physicians they certify, is in my opinion, an infringement of the “duty of care” that is required by nonprofits via the IRS. The dollars weren’t disclosed at all — that’s significant b/c ABIM is a 501c3. They can say a variety of things regarding what the money was used for when the spent it for these “consulting firms.” http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Lobbying
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.
It is that rare instance where solutions may trump contributions inside Washington. Continue reading