AAPS Sets The Record Straight

In his oped published on August 30, EJ Montini severely mischaracterizes the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. We’d like a chance to set the record straight.

Mr. Montini apparently heavily relies on an attack piece against AAPS and Dr. Kelli Ward published by a far left publication, Mother Jones, without doing much research of his own. As far as we know, he did not make an effort seek our input on his assertions or the claims made by Mother Jones.

Since 1943, AAPS has advocated for the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. Our motto is “All for the Patient.” Increasingly, bureaucrats are interfering in patient care, to the detriment of the delivery of quality care.  AAPS finds such interference immoral.  However, Mr. Montini misleadingly seems to suggest that AAPS is summarily against caring for the poor and elderly.  This could not be further from the truth.

If Mr. Montini is truly concerned about care to the most vulnerable, we suggest he take a close look at AHCCCS. A preliminary audit of publicly available documents by a forensic accountant showed that the programs managed-care contractors made more than $225 million in pre-tax profits in just one year. In 5 years, nearly $400 million of Medicaid funding was transferred to other state agencies. A deeper level audit is needed to determine the truth of the assertion that only 20 to 40 cents of every Medicaid dollar actually buys any medical care, meaning that 60% to 80% of revenue is diverted away from care of the needy.

AAPS favors solutions that increase the availability of low cost, high quality care. In fact, many of our members are leading the way in offering increased value to their patients by cutting out the middlemen who detract from patient care.

We also favor an open discussion about the patient impact of policy and medical interventions. Reading Mr. Montini’s piece leads us to the conclusion that his goal is to suppress an open dialog by slandering those he disagrees with.  We hope we are wrong and would welcome a dialog with him and others who seek what is best for patients.

AAPS AZ Chapter Writes Senators Flake and McCain

Dear Senator:

The Arizona Chapter of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons calls on all Republicans to honor their Party’s frequently repeated campaign promise to free us from ObamaCare, which might best be called the Unaffordable Care Act.

The Senate bill at present reneges on the promise to repeal ACA. Apparently, Republicans feel they cannot overcome resistance to full repeal from Democrats and some Republicans. But it is essential for any bill to contain an off-ramp to freedom, permitting individuals and states the option to provide for their medical needs in the manner they choose, without IRS punishment.

Additionally, the Medicaid program needs serious reform, and its expansion must be constrained. Federal taxpayers and creditors cannot afford this continuing hemorrhage.

We strongly disagree with the special interests represented by the Arizona Medical Association, pleading for continuation of the enormously increased funding of the AHCCCS program. ArMA was strongly opposed to a Resolution presented at the 2017 House of Delegates meeting that called for a forensic audit of the program. Taxpayers need to know how much of the multibillion dollar flow of funds is actually being used to provide medical care to the needy. And how much is being diverted to other state agencies and to the profits of the managed-care cartel that increasingly controls medical care in Arizona? Medicaid should not be a means of “leveraging” taxpayer funding of nonaccountable private interests, or for back-door funding of state government.

A preliminary audit of publicly available documents by a forensic accountant showed that managed-care contractors made more than $225 million in pre-tax profits in just one year.  In 5 years, nearly $400 million of Medicaid funding was transferred to other state agencies. A deeper level audit is needed to determine the truth of the assertion that only 20 to 40 cents of every Medicaid dollar actually buys any medical care, meaning that 60% to 80% of revenue is diverted away from care of the needy.

We urge you to support an end to ACA mandates, provisions to permit a free market in health insurance, and changes that will constrain unsustainable Medicaid spending and permit reforms that return control to patients and their physicians instead of private-sector and government bureaucrats. An actual decrease in the price of premiums and medical services should be the goal, not counts of persons enrolled in plans that may provide very little care.

AZ Chapter Dinner 3/9/2016 Featuring Twila Brase

Is a “free trade zone” for medical care possible in the U.S.? Join us on March 9, 2016 for dinner and a presentation by Twila Brase, founder of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).  She will review CCHF’s Wedge of Health Freedom, an innovative free-market health care solution that will defuse Obamacare.

In addition, special guest Senator Nancy Barto, Chair of the AZ Senate HHS Committee, will give an update on healthcare related bills under consideration this session at the Arizona Capitol.

CLICK HERE to RSVP today. Seats are limited; you will not want to miss out on this important event.

What: AAPS Arizona Chapter Dinner Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • 6 pm – Networking and Drinks
  • 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 7 pm – Presentations

Where: Old Spaghetti Factory,
1418 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Cost: No Charge; free will contributions welcome

RSVP: http://aapsonline.org/azdinner

Questions: Call AAPS Business Manager, Jeremy Snavely, 520-270-0761 or email [email protected]

AAPS Supports SB 1443, SB 1444, and SB 1445

The Arizona Chapter of AAPS provided the following testimony to the AZ Senate HHS Committee:

Feb 10, 2016

To: Senate Health and Human Services Committee

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) and its Arizona state chapter support SB 1443, SB 1444, and SB 1445.

AAPS was founded in 1943 to preserve and promote the practice of private medicine and the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship. It is a national organization representing thousands of physicians in all specialties, including hundreds in Arizona, and the thousands of patients they serve.

The ethical standard of AAPS is the Oath of Hippocrates, which states: “I will prescribe regimen for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.”

The best regimen for an individual patient may not be found in the drop-down menu of “expert guidelines.” Innovative treatments may take years or decades to become accepted, and “standard-of-care” treatments may be prescribed long after they should have been discarded. The mutilating Halstead radical mastectomy of my medical school days comes to mind.

Resistance to change is a human characteristic—especially if enormous profits are being made by continuing the current regime. If we are to see breakthroughs in medical treatment, we must encourage pioneers, not suppress them or even drive them out of the profession by turning “guidelines” into rigid mandates. An “evidence base” can never develop for a treatment that cannot be tried. A large number of beneficial, widely used treatments would have to be outlawed if we applied the same standard to them as to new or off-label uses of, for example, hyperbaric oxygenation for neurological conditions, long-term antibiotics for chronic Lyme disease, or adult stem cells. Patients and their physicians need freedom to pursue options that in their judgment are best for the individual patient. For every possible medical intervention there is “potential harm” in using it—or in withholding it.

If regulatory boards are to serve the interests of the public, their actions must be transparent, they need to follow fair rules that assure due process, and members need to be held accountable.

Respectfully submitted,

Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director, AAPS

Anti-MOC & Physician Bill of Rights Resolutions at ArMA meeting

The Pima County Medical Society is bringing several important resolutions to the Arizona Medical Association Annual Meeting this Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, 2015.

Details about the meeting are here: https://azmed.org/?page_id=1294

If you are eligible to attend and participate your help is needed to speak in support of these resolutions. Please drop us a quick note by replying to this email if you are attending.

1) Resolution 5-15, Protecting Patients and Physicians from harmful effects of MOC:
https://azmed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Res05-15MaintenanceofCertification.pdf

2) Resolution 7-15, Protecting physician autonomy in medical decision making / Physician Bill of Rights:
https://azmed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Res07-15ConsolidationResolution.pdf

3) Resolution 6-15, Compensation for Non-Face-to-Face Work:
https://azmed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Res06-15MedicaidNon-Face-To-FacePhysicianReimbursement.pdf

Thank you! ~AAPS

Testimony of AAPS for SB 1257 and SCR 1003 (Anti-MOC, Anti-Compact)

Arizona Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Feb 11, 2015

Senator Barto, Members of Committee:

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and its Arizona State Chapter thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of SB 1257 and SCR 1003. We urge Arizona to protect its sovereignty and to reject the influence of out-of-state private corporations seeking to control the practice of medicine.

AAPS is a national organization of physicians in all specialties founded in 1943 to protect private medicine and the patient-physician relationship. I am Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of AAPS. I was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in 1977.

SB 1257 and SCR 1003 are important because of a national campaign by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to persuade legislatures to require current specialty certification by a board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for a basic medical license (Maintenance of Licensure or MOL). Continue reading “Testimony of AAPS for SB 1257 and SCR 1003 (Anti-MOC, Anti-Compact)”

AZ Senate Hearings on MOC, Feb 11, 2015

The Arizona State Senate will be holding a hearing at 2pm, Wednesday, February 11 on bills to protect the rights of Arizona physicians and patients!

Your input is crucial; we need your presence at this hearing!

Time/Date:
2pm, Feburary 11, 2015

Place:
Arizona State Senate
Senate Hearing Room 1 – Health and Human Services Committee
1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ

(Note: Also plan to join us at 6pm for dinner after the hearing. This will serve as the first AZ AAPS chapter meeting of the year. Details coming soon.)

Thanks to Senator Kelli Ward, DO, two bills have been introduced to curb the intrusion of mandatory, time-wasting, Maintenance of Certification requirements that detract from patient care.

This is a significant opportunity to take a stand against MOC and for protecting patient access to the physicians of their choice.  

Help kick bureaucrats out of the exam room by coming to support these important pieces of legislation!

Please reply to this email if you will plan to come.  All that is needed is for you to briefly explain how MOC impacts your practice.

P.S. Following the hearing the Arizona Chapter of AAPS will be holding its first dinner meeting of 2015.  Plan to join your colleagues at 6pm for food, discussion, and presentations by special guests to be announced soon.  More details coming soon.

AZ Chapter Meeting, July 2, 2014

Senators Kelli Ward, D.O. and Judy Burges as well as State Senate candidate Ralph Heap, MD have confirmed that they will attend our AAPS Arizona Chapter Meeting on July 2, joining Senator Nancy Barto and Gubernatorial Candidate Frank Riggs.

Space is limited. RSVP today so you don’t miss this chance to meet with your colleagues and hear the latest on upcoming health care policy in our state.

Arizona AAPS Chapter Meeting – July 2, 2014, 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Come join your colleagues for dinner and discussion with current and future AZ elected officials about protecting patient care in Arizona from failed federal and state policy.

You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to network with fellow AZ AAPS members and friends.

When: Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6 pm to 8:30 pm

6 pm – Networking and cocktail hour

6:30 pm – Dinner

7 pm – Presentations

Where: Macayo’s, 4001 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012,

Aztec room, ground floor. Parking to north and east of restaurant.

Cost: No Charge

Special Guests: Senator Kelli Ward, D.O., Senator Judy Burgess, Senator Nancy Barto, Senate candidate Ralph Heap, MD, & Gubernatorial Candidate and former United States Congressman Frank Riggs.

RSVP:  Email [email protected] or call/text 520-270-0761

Hope to see you there!

Arizona Stands Together Against Obamacare – April 25, AZ Capitol

Rally at Arizona Capitol – April 25

Stop Medicaid Expansion in AZ

 

Dear Arizona AAPS members and friends:

Please read the message below from our friends at Americans for Prosperity AZ about an important event at the Arizona Capitol on Thursday April 25, 11am.

We hope to see you there!

~ AAPS


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Dear Arizona Health Care Freedom Activists,Please join the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the Goldwater Institute, Representative Warren Petersen, and other Legislators for a special press conference and rally this Thursday, April 25th at the Arizona State Capitol.

At the rally, you will hear experts and lawmakers explain why expanding Medicaid in Arizona under ObamaCare would be a costly and dangerous policy choice.

The rally begins at 11:00 am, but please arrive early to find parking and a place to stand in unity with others who oppose ObamaCare.  The Capitol is located at 1700 W. Washington Street – just west of downtown Phoenix (map).

I will be speaking at the rally, along with Christina Corieri of the Goldwater Institute and several lawmakers.

Now more than ever, health care freedom advocates must unite to oppose ObamaCare’s deceptive and damaging government takeover of health care in Arizona.  We must send a message to the Governor, to the Legislature and to the hospital industrial complex that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is very bad medicine for Arizona.

For more information about the rally, please visit our website or the Arizona Against Obamacare Expansion Facebook page.

Stand with us on Thursday as we fight for health care freedom and patient protection!

For Liberty, TomTom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity

AAPS responds to GOP support for Medicaid Expansion

OPEN LETTER

Arizona Legislators
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007

RE: March 26th letter from Randy Pullen

Dear Legislators:

We disagree with the analysis in Mr. Pullen’s letter defending Gov. Brewer’s decision to push hard for expanding Medicaid. Continue reading “AAPS responds to GOP support for Medicaid Expansion”