Marion Mass, M.D.: A doctor’s perspective: Who stands for patients in the health-care debate?

I would like to share a great article posted on philly.com written by Marion Mass, M.D.  She is a practicing physician and a vocal member of  Physicians Working Together, a grassroots organization of physicians working to change the system from the inside.   Dr. Mass asks that if after you read this and feel compelled, call your lawmakers(congress and Both senators) and ask them to stop taking HC lobby money from those who do not serve the interest of the patient’s of America. Then consider sharing on other social media tagging 10 and sharing this with 10 people in your district … Continue reading

Douglas Farrago, M.D.: The Teeth of the Maine Government

This article is shamelessly stolen from former Maine doctor, Douglas Farrago, M.D.’s Authentic Medicine Blog. In big news, “the State of Maine’s Bureau’s Market Conduct Unit performed a comprehensive review of Anthem’s complaint handling after Bureau investigators reported several late and missing responses to complaints forwarded to Anthem by the Bureau. The exam found that the company repeatedly failed to comply with Maine law, requiring insurance companies to respond to the Bureau’s consumer complaint inquiries within 14 days. The examination also found that the company failed to accurately report some annually required data and failed to facilitate a timely completion of the … Continue reading

Farrago: Loopholes, Liars, and Hypocrites

The blog post below was shamelessly lifted from my friend, and fellow Direct Primary Care doctor, Douglas Farrago, M.D.’s Authentic Medicine Blog Site.  It is a brilliant article pointing out the hypocrisy of those who love everything about Obamacare, until they are asked to pay for it. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. Please read this opinion piece in the NY Times so you may see a true example of hypocrisy.   The freelance journalist, who supported Obamacare, just can’t afford it (no sh#t).  Now she is looking for what she calls a “loophole” where it would require her to “lie” about her beliefs to … Continue reading

DOCTORS EXIT THIRD-PARTY-PAYER MODEL FOR DIRECT PRIMARY CARE

This is a great article published by the Heartland Institute.  I had the pleasure of both attending and speaking at the conference to which Mr. Glans is referring.  I had the honor of meeting him as well. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. DOCTORS EXIT THIRD-PARTY-PAYER MODEL FOR DIRECT PRIMARY CARE NOVEMBER 29, 2016 By Matthew Glans More physicians are charting their course out of the insured patient market. Many doctors are abandoning the traditional third-party-payer business model and instead adopting a direct primary care (DPC) model, and more than 260 physicians from 42 states recently rallied in Irving, Texas for two days … Continue reading

The latest update from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons on Obamacare: According to Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) architect Jonathan Gruber, ObamaCare is working just as intended. The main problem is that the mandate penalty (which is actually a non-mandate, non-penalty tax, according to the U.S. Supreme Court) is too small, in his view. If we could attract more low-risk people to sign up, premiums would fall, and insurers would flock to the market instead of leaving. The average 22% increase in premiums is not a crisis, he says, because it affects so few people. Most (85%) … Continue reading

Out-of-network costs to soar for members of Maine health insurance co-op (Portland Press Herald)

The Portland Press Herald posted an article on Oct. 28, 2016 reporting on the outrageous increases in premiums and out of network deductibles for the upcoming year for those unfortunate enough to be stuck with coverage through the Obamacare exchange carrier, Community Health Options. To read the article, click here. My response is as follows: The great irony in this story is that the insurance companies would have us all believe that all out of network coverage is always more expensive, and therefore should be discouraged at all cost. In actuality, the opposite is often true. For example, a cardiac … Continue reading

Why I Do Not Support The American Academy of Family Physicians

For many years, in fact since I was a newly minted physician in my internship, I was a proud member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  I felt that it was an organization that was all about supporting the rights and privileges of family doctors like myself.  I thought that it would help advocate for its member physicians and their patients. Several years ago, I realized how wrong I was.  Like many other big organizations, it became too wrapped up in politics and advancing its own interests above those of the people who they are supposed to represent, … Continue reading

Annual Technology Costs for Physicians is More than $32,500

The average amount spent per doctor each year on health information technology (HIT) by physician-owned multispecialty practices is $9405 for IT staff and $23,187 for equipment, hardware, and upkeep. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) reported a 40% increase in IT costs from 2009 to 2016. Physicians are penalized with payment reductions for not maintaining the government mandated technology infrastructure. “You’ve got to have the bells and whistles, and those don’t come cheap,” described Rob Tennant, MA, MGMA’s HIT Policy director. The snippet above is from the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom e-Newsletter.  It highlights the fact that the overhead expenses … Continue reading

Give the Poor Insurance Companies a Break

This is another great Authentic Medicine blog by Dr. Douglas Farrago.  He points out that  we, the common men and women of this country, must comply with the rule of law and purchase health insurance or face fines.  Meanwhile, the companies that pushed the legislation through to guarantee they have involuntary customers face no consequences for not delivering what we are paying for.  It must be nice to be a crony capitalist… Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. In another example of this administration doing whatever ever they want with the Affordable Care Act it was found recently that “health insurers that sell … Continue reading

A Growing Alternative to Obamacare

From the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom e-Newsletter: In the years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health sharing ministries have grown exponentially. Samaritan Ministries membership has tripled since 2013 and Medi-share has grown from 60,000 in 2013 to 200,000 in 2016. Health sharing is one of the exemptions from the Obamacare mandate and has over 600,000 members according to the Alliance of Health Care Sharing Ministries. With all the problems caused from the ACA, health sharing ministries are worth looking at as we near the next enrollment season. We are seeing more and more patients who are members … Continue reading