$8.5 Million Judgement Against MDVIP, Is ABIM Next?

Paul Kempen, MD, PhD writes in:

Please check these stories from Feb Modern Healthcare (links below). I think application of this information to the ABIM and ABMS would be a new and possibly very effective strategy. If a concierge firm can loose $8.5 million for essentially false advertisement-the ABMS “higher standards better care” is also false advertisement and THEY actively sell their certification based on “quality indicator” to patients and CONGRESS! Hundreds to Thousands of ABMS certified docs commit malpractice each year-not better medicine!

The second article indicates the FTC and the US Justice Department’s Antitrust Division should also be willing to investigate the ABMS for clear waste of funds as the same “Quality indicator” lie. The AAPS could stand to win MiIlions from a Qui Tam suit BECAUSE the FEDs PAID millions to doctors for nothing under the 4 years of PQRS-MOC and because it was now discontinued before the feds could introduce large penalties for NOT doing MOC, this was all a waste of federal Medicare dollars. I demonstrated per CMS FOI data the $1 million was spent in 2011 alone on MOC PQRS.

Antitrust enforcers study impact of new models on competition
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20150221/MAGAZINE/302219947

Concierge firms rattled by med mal award
http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20150221/MAGAZINE/302219969

Family Physician to Replace Senator McCain from AZ?

We are pleased to share this exciting announcement that hit our inbox today!:

I am writing to you today to ask you to support a fellow colleague that is considering a run for the US Senate in Arizona against John McCain. Kelli Ward, D.O., MPH is a family physician that left the full-time practice of family medicine to fight the overreaching arms of government into medicine. Like you, she was dismayed that the “house of medicine” turned on all of us and supported Obamacare and now the ever expanding Maintenance of Certification. Kelli is currently serving her second term in the Arizona Senate where she serve as the Chairman of Education, Vice-Chair of Health and Human Services among other important committees. Continue reading

MOC: the tide is turning

From Paul Kempen, MD, PhD

The tide is turning. Be sure to put this from NEJM on the table of your medical staff and demand all requirements for board certification be removed from privileges, insurance payment and licensing.

If you want a solid understanding of the history and extortion of the ABMS, see this lecture, especially around minute 40 when the obvious requirement for YEARLY payments through threats of losing your certification in spit of a 10 year issued certificate is clearly stated-valid only if MOC compliant printed right on the darn thing! Stop paying extortion and rise up against this ponzi style enrichment scheme. Continue reading

@KevinMD, you are missing the big picture

Dr. Daniel Craviotto – author of WSJ article “A Doctor’s Declaration of Independence” – responds to Dr. Kevin Pho’s article on Kevin MD “MOC is medicine’s self-inflicted wound

Kevin, you are missing the big picture. There are many issues that confront physicians and American health care. But why all the angst now? What has pushed us over the edge? Why now? There is a common denominator here. Those of us who are clinicians and in the active practice of medicine feel that we are being told by those outside of medicine how to practice medicine, how to use an EMR, what is meaningful in an EMR and how to be certified. For those outside of medicine – how dare you. Continue reading

ABIM CEO Richard Baron, MD faces Pennsylvania Physicians

Earlier this month (December 2014) ABIM President and CEO Richard Baron, MD took the stage to defend MOC before a group of PA physicians overwhelmingly opposed to MOC in a debate hosted by the Pennsylania Medical Society. (Note: PAMED has taken a strong stand against mandatory MOC.) PAMED has made a video of the debate available so you can see what you missed:

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Dr. K’s HC payment Timeline aka How we got into this Mess

Herb Kunkle, MD writes in:

The addiction to middlemen and conscription to the Fourth Branch of Govt and regulatory bodies probably began ~ 1929 when the first insurance company, covering Dallas/Ft Worth teachers was formed.

50 cents every other paycheck, only for catastrophic care, a simpler time.

-1944- With salaries and other benefits frozen during WWII, businesses start offering HC ins to retain/recruit employees.

-1965- Medicare/Medicaid/Govt begins to insert itself as you describe. HC costs, at that time 3-4% of GNP begin to soar. Approaching 20% today, and as E Bowles says- ‘The vapor that is driving our economy into the abyss.’ Continue reading

A win for physicians in battle against FSMB

Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward, DO reports:

Friday at ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), my model legislation [co-sponsored by AAPS] opposing participation in the FSMB’s Compact passed unanimously through the Health and Human Services Task Force.

This resolution calls for all states to avoid any involvement with the Federation of State Medical Board’s Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Tell your state legislators about this model legislation! CLICK here for background and full text.