Posts from 2017

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Millions Of Kids Fall Outside Senate Plan To Shield Disabled From Medicaid Cuts

July 11, 2017, 12:41 AM The Republican plan to replace Obamacare would reduce federal funding for Medicaid, but senators want to keep current funding levels for children who are blind or have other disabilities. Their proposal, however, would not apply to the majority of those kids.  

Medicaid Cuts Will Drive Up Cost Of Private Coverage, Montana Insurers Say

July 10, 2017, 2:30 PM Insurance executives in Montana are worried that GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could destabilize a market that is working well.  

Senate GOP Bill Aims To Add Psych Beds; Squeeze On Medicaid Signals Their Undoing

July 10, 2017, 2:30 PM The Senate health care bill has a provision to increase hospital beds for psychiatric care, but overall cuts in Medicaid could lead to even fewer beds nationwide.  

Trump’s Surgeon General Pick Built Name Fighting HIV And Opioids In Indiana

July 7, 2017, 2:30 PM Dr. Jerome Adams is the health commissioner in Indiana, the home state of Vice President Mike Pence.  

Do-It-Yourself Detox Can Be ‘Freddy Krueger’ Scary — And Usually Fails

July 7, 2017, 2:30 PM Treatment for opioid addiction can be expensive and difficult to coordinate. That might make some people tempted to think they can overcome the addiction on their own. This rarely works.  

Obamacare Inspires Unlikely Political Action In California’s Red Region

July 7, 2017, 2:30 PM In a county where cows outnumber people and most voters supported Donald Trump, a coalition of health clinics is driven to defend the health law.  

Amount Of Opioids Prescribed In U.S. Has Been Falling Since 2010

July 7, 2017, 5:28 AM Report by CDC researchers finds a steady fall in opioid use in recent years, but the rates are still three times higher than in 1999.  

Half The Time, Nursing Homes Scrutinized On Safety By Medicare Are Still Treacherous

July 6, 2017, 8:08 PM Of the 528 nursing homes that graduated from special focus status before 2014 and are still operating, more than half — 52 percent — have harmed patients or operated in a way that put patients in serious jeopardy within the past three years, a KHN analysis finds.  

Parents Of Ill Children Worry About Return Of ‘Lifetime Limits’ In GOP Health Bill

July 6, 2017, 2:30 PM Current law requires all health insurance sold on the exchanges to cover 10 essential benefits — with no annual or lifetime limits to reimbursement. But the GOP plan might let states reinstate limits.  

As Seniors Get Sicker, They’re More Likely To Drop Medicare Advantage Plans

July 6, 2017, 2:30 PM Medicare Advantage plans offer good value and aim to keep patients healthy but sicker people are far more likely to quit because they can’t get the care they need.  

ACPP Walks the Walk

ACPP Walks the Walk

American College of Private PhysiciansThere’s something to be said for straightforward, honest talk.  There’s something to be said for the ACPP.  The American College of Private Physicians also stands for “All Care by Physicians for Patients.”  We are straightforward.  We are honest.  

In this day of complex arrangements--between payers, accountants and monitors of quality and cost--doctors and patients often seem but an afterthought.   Ergo ACPP.  This organization supports doctors and their patients interacting in real, non-contrived medical business models.

Out of the murky swamp of non-medical stakeholders has evolved a complex gumbo some call “American Medicine,” which in many cases is anything but Medicine or American. The ACPP walks the walk around and outside of that murky swamp, along with its member clinical doctors.  We network, we meet, and we share. We learn how to do things better in our clinics and businesses.  We innovate through new concepts, such as the ACPP Fellowship of Clinical Excellence.  We look back to the future in search of the best.  “How can we take the best care of our patients while taking the best care of ourselves?” we ask.  Clearly, patients need seasoned, well-rested, enthusiastic, accessible doctors, not the burned out, exhausted, discouraged, well-hidden ones found in the murky swamp.  ACPP doctors fill that need.

After so many generations of organizations going along to get along, the ACPP is again strongly supporting the walk of private doctors with their private patients.  This organization will reflect the best in the physician-patient relationship:  Straightforward talk.  Honest relationships.  The ACPP is here for doctors and their patients, promoting professionalism and excellence in business models that reduce or eliminate the wasteful middle layers that cost so much and add so little.  We strive to be honest doctors walking that walk, seeking skillfully to serve our patients’ needs and contracting directly with them.   If you are walking that walk, at long last you again have a professional organization you can call home. 

While the ACPP invites others as auxiliary members, the lifeblood, voting, visible membership is and always will be only doctors on that walk.  All of you around long enough to be called successful in direct, cash or concierge practice know what that means.  Successful private physicians are known for taking the best care of their patients and working only for their patients.  Serving those doctors and helping them serve their patients--that is our mission.

We welcome all of you to celebrate medicine the way it should be practiced.  If you are a doctor in real private practice welcome home!   Please apply for membership.  If you are in another mode of medical practice, are a conversion consultant, or are just a supporter, we welcome you to our auxiliary, to our meetings, and to our family.

Take a walk with the ACPP.  John T. Kihm, MD

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