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  • 08 Feb 2017 3:07 PM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    A new coalition of physician organizations went to Washington DC Feb. 2, to voice what doctors want lawmakers to know as they craft yet another new health-care plan. As part of the coalition, called Practicing Physicians of America, AID's executive director shared  with lawmakers four key moves that would greatly reduce health-care costs, improve access and help America's doctors survive. Here are Marni Jameson Carey's remarks, which she presented to lawmakers and doctors in the Library of Congress.


  • 07 Feb 2017 3:15 PM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    Cardiologist Westby Fisher and forensic accountant Charles Kroll expose the injustice of MOC and the questionable behavior of the American Board of Internal Medicine at the Practicing Physicians of America meeting in Washington, Feb 2.


  • 19 Jan 2017 5:14 PM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    Doctors, You want to know if your letters make a difference? They DID. Our voice is being heard.

    Medicare Advantage insurers warned they could be fined if they don’t correct provider directory errors

    Phil Galewitz & Susan Jaffe | Jan. 18, 2017

    Kaiser Health News (1/18) reports Federal officials warned earlier this month “21 Medicare Advantage insurers with high rates of errors in their online network directories that they could face heavy fines or have to stop enrolling people if the problems are not fixed by Feb. 6.” The warning comes after the first in-depth review by the government “of the accuracy of Medicare Advantage provider directories, which consumers and advocates have complained about for years...read more here.


  • 28 Nov 2016 3:17 PM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    The Alienation of America's Best Doctors

    The Huffington Post  |  Melinda Hakim  |  November 13, 2016

    I grew up in the ‘80s in awe of my dad who was a talented general surgeon. As a kid, I used to make rounds with him at the local hospitals in Los Angeles and had the opportunity to witness the overwhelming appreciation his patients had for his work. Our home was inundated with dozens of homemade baked goods, knitted scarves, gift baskets, and colorful “thank you” cards carefully prepared by his patients. He never complained about his job. Even if he had to leave a family event or wake up in the middle of the night to do a trauma case ― he was never resentful. He felt invigorated by saving thousands of lives. He was grateful to be well compensated for his sacrifices. He worked extremely hard (sometimes putting in over one hundred twenty hours a week), but he was able to do his work the way he felt was best since he ran his own private practice. He was beloved, respected, and couldn’t imagine pursuing any other profession that offered greater rewards.

    Unfortunately times have radically changed. The best and the brightest simply don’t want to become doctors anymore. Physicians are burning out. They are leaving the profession. They are going bankrupt. They are selling their private practices to big hospitals. They are retiring early. We are facing a growing doctor shortage. Doctors no longer want to be a part of a health care system that doesn’t...Read more here


  • 28 Nov 2016 2:52 PM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    Just another example of hospitals bullying independent doctors who are trying to provide more access to patients at a lower price. Shame on U of Vermont Med Center

    Independent Doctors Say Hospital Thwarts Competition

    BURLINGTON FREE PRESS |  Dan D'Ambrosio  |  November 28, 2016

    COLCHESTER - Days after they opened Northeastern Reproductive Medicine in a glass-and-granite building on Water Tower Hill, Doctors Christine Murray and Peter Casson were sued by the University of Vermont Medical Center.

    The complaint drafted by Eric Miller — now U.S. attorney for Vermont — alleged that Murray and Casson tried to steal patients from the medical center, where they had run the infertility program for nearly two decades.

    The lawsuit included five counts of breach of contract and one count of trade secret misappropriation.

    "The whole thing was just terrifying," Murray said. "We had signed off on loans on this place for $2 million....Read more here.


  • 29 Sep 2016 1:12 PM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    1 in 2 Physicians Demoralized, Dissatisfied

    HealthLeaders Media News | Sept. 21, 2016

    Medical doctors are largely overwhelmed by their work and disengaged from key healthcare reform measures such as value-based payments, accountable care organizations, and electronic health records, survey data shows.

    Half of physicians are disengaged, burned out, and demoralized and plan to either retire, cut back work hours, or seek non-clinical roles, according to a new nationwide survey commissioned by The Physicians Foundation.

    "Many physicians are dissatisfied with the current state of the medical practice environment and they are opting out of traditional patient care roles," said Walker Ray, MD, president of The Physician Foundation, in remarks accompanying the survey.

    Read full story here.


  • 29 Sep 2016 11:20 AM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    All these Vermont doctors want is what all independent doctors want: the same pay as employed physicians. Shell game is right!

    Independent Doctors Call Reimbursement Plan a 'Shell Game'

    By Erin Mansfield | VTDigger | Sept. 19, 2016

    The chief medical officer for an independent practice organization says it’s possible to lower prices paid to the University of Vermont Medical Center by 3 percent and use that money to increase pay to independent doctors by 25 percent.

    Dr. Paul Reiss, of HealthFirst, said that shift would go a long way toward pay parity for independent doctors, who say they’re paid as little as a third of what doctors employed by academic medical centers get for the same services.

    Read full story here.


  • 28 Sep 2016 11:19 AM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    Employers Offer Cash Incentives to Encourage Healthcare Shopping

    With healthcare expected to rise 6.5 percent in 2016 and 2017, some employers and insurers are encouraging customers to shop around -- even giving them a kickback on the savings. Watch this video on NBC Nightly News.


  • 22 Sep 2016 11:02 AM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    "When employed by hospitals, physicians lose autonomy and don’t have final say over individual patient care," said Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., of Indiana University, who will be speaking at AID’s conference in Orlando Nov. 5.

    Doc employment doesn't boost hospital outcomes- and may hurt morale

    FierceHealthcare | Sep 20, 2016 9:57am

    By Zack Budryk

    Physician employment by hospitals is on the rise but new research doesn't show much evidence that it improves care quality at those hospitals.

    The research, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, analyzed patient satisfaction scores, lengths of stay and rates of mortality and 30-day readmissions for common conditions at 803 hospitals that adopted a physician-employment model.

    When researchers compared these measures to those of 2,085 hospitals that didn’t operate under that model, they found no correlation between changing models and improved outcomes. The only measure showing significant improvement under the employment model was readmissions for pneumonia.

    Read full story here.

  • 09 Sep 2016 5:34 PM | April Spencer (Administrator)

    Independent Physicians Achieve Patient Care, Income Goals With Innovative Practice Models, Kareo Study Shows 

    MARKET WIRED

    SOURCE: Kareo 

    September 08, 2016 09:02 ET 

    Physicians in Practices Using Innovative Care and Payment Models Spend More Time With Patients and Increase Their Potential to Achieve Practice Income Goals; Services Cost Less Than Most Patients Expect 

    IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 8, 2016) - According to a recent Private Practice Model Perspectives Study by Kareo, the leading provider of clinical and business management software to independent practices, approximately 24% of independent physicians are using some form of innovative practice or payment model. The study, completed in partnership with the American Association of Private Physicians, also found an additional 46% are considering a similar strategy within the next three years. The primary motivations for those who've changed their payment model are: 

    • 64% want to spend more time with patients 
    • 46% would like to reduce reliance on insurance companies 42% seek to improve their work/life balance 
    • 26% believe they need to earn more income 
    The innovation and experimentation with new practice and payment models appears to be working for both doctors and patients. This includes providing concierge, direct pay or subscription plans to offer patients more choices in how they receive care and how they pay for it. 
    • 72% of survey respondents who have concierge or membership models spend 30-60 minutes per patient visit as compared to 30 minutes or less for 89% of practices without subscription models 
    • At the same time, the subscription costs of 69% of respondents were $2,000 or less per year and 87% were $3,000 or less per year

    Read more here.

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