Florida doctors have another chance to outlaw mandated MOC in Florida. HB81/SB628 would ban hospitals, insurance companies and the Board of Medicine from requiring MOC to be part of a medical staff, insurance panel or to gain a license in Florida.
Last year, the bill made progress in the House but died in the Senate when the FMA authored and had passed language that deleted the entire bill. Now the FMA has modified its policy to state they will only seek to stop mandated MOC for licensure, (not for hospital privileges or insurance company contracts). FMA leadership was adamant, in public at the FMA annual meeting in August, that the hospitals should be allowed to force MOC on doctors.
Meanwhile, the Florida AAPS is already engaged in the battle, responding to the CEO of American Board of Pathology’s ludicrous claims that MOC is required to maintain quality of care in the Tampa Bay Times. Dr. Johnson makes over $500,000 a year on MOC. The letter in response was published the next day from the President of the Florida AAPS, Dr. McKalip.
Now is your chance to help. In the Coming weeks, the Florida AAPS will be asking you to visit Senators in your districts to ask them to pass SB623 and to prevent it from any meaningful change in the process.
Finally, legislators are taking notice of the abuse of MOC in Florida and proposing laws to stop it. Representative Dr. Julio Gonzalez (Venice) and Senator Jeff Brandes (Pinellas County) have each sponsored legislation to help doctors and the patients they serve. The bill in the House is HB 723 and the Senate Bill number is pending. The efforts of the AAPS Florida chapter brought these bills to fruition.
The MOC control bill would do the following:
1. Prohibit MOC for Florida Medical License
2. Prohibit mandatory MOC participation for membership on hospital medical staff.
3. Prohibit mandatory MOC participation as condition to be included in Insurance physician panel.
The Florida Medical Association joined the vast majority of medicine in signing on to MACRA. MACRA is a massive intrusion into the patient-physician relationship that claims to be about quality and proper resource use. MACRA is really about finding an excuse to not spend money on Medicare patients. This is because the false political promise of government funded medical care for the elderly is failing. MACRA merely creates a penalty system designed to turn doctors into rationing agents for the state – turning them against their patients.
Prior to passage of MACRA, the AMA was leading a campaign to get all state and national medical associations to sign on. As an officer of the FMA at the time, I was working overtime to get the FMA to say “no”. Only the Medical Society of the State of New York refused to sign and they have since been proven right to do so.
Here is the white paper I prepared to try to get the FMA to say “no” to MACRA (Evaluation of HR2_budget neutrality). Sadly FMA President at the time, Dr. Alan Pillersdorf, violated FMA policy and went well outside his powers as President to unilaterally – with no vote of the FMA Board – to agree to sign on to MACRA.
The AAPS is working hard to protect patients and doctors from this final government take over of the entire medical profession. We need your help to fight. Please join today.
Dr. Edward Annis videos from Ed Annis Medical Freedom Award Presentation Event. These videos describe his heroic work, in his own words, even though the humble Dr. Annis would never accept a title of “hero”.
Dr. Edward Annis was a legend in medicine and medical freedom.
In 1962, the first attempt to pass Medicare failed when Florida surgeon Dr. Edward Annis addressed the nation. He as met with President Kennedy who, many say inspired by Annis, gave the worst speech of his Presidency on the matter at Madison Square Garden (on purpose). A Few days later, Dr. Annis addressed the empty venue…
“This Bill (King Anderson Bill) would put the government smack into your hospitals! Defining services, setting standards, establishing committees, calling for reports, deciding who gets in and who gets out-what they get and what they don’t-even getting into the teaching of medicine-and all the time imposing a federally administered financial budget on our houses of mercy and healing. It will create an unpredictable burden on every working taxpayer. It will undercut and destroy the wholesome growth of private voluntary insurance and prepayment health plans for the aged which offer flexible benefits in the full range of individual needs. It will lower the quality and availability of hospital services throughout our country. It will stand between patients and their doctors. And it will serve as the forerunner of a different system of medicine for all Americans.” Dr. Edward Annis, Madison Square Garden,1962.
I am happy to report that because of your support, the Florida chapter of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is up and running. We are in a position to make medical practice in Florida great for physicians and patients – despite the overbearing posture of the government, insurance companies and hospitals. We have it in our power to save the medical profession. Our chapter will be working to providing education to our members on how to set up practices that thrive, working to promote freedom and choice in medical care and will be advocating for you in Tallahassee, the private sector and through media outreach. We will need your continued support to do so. Soon we will be launching a voluntary fundraising drive for our chapters. There will be no dues and no arm twisting, just give what you can. More importantly, we will be counting on you to help us grow as a chapter by recruiting new AAPS members, helping us in committee work and hosting us in regional meetings of our state chapter. The future is bright with AAPS-FL and on behalf of our new board, I thank you for your continued membership and involvement!
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