AAFP Talks Tough

Last June the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) threatened to leave the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) due to many issues but pay disparity was probably the key provision.   They ask for six key changes to occur:

  • add four additional “true” primary care seats to the committee, including one each for the AAFP, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association;
  • create three new seats to represent outside entities, such as consumers, employers, health systems and health plans;
  • include a seat for a representative of the specialty of geriatrics;
  • eliminate the three current rotating subspecialty seats when the current representatives’ terms expire; and
  • implement voting transparency among the RUC representatives.

They gave until March for this to occur.  In response, the RUC added a rotating seat for primary care instead of the four additional primary care seats for which the Academy had asked. In addition, the committee added a seat for the American Geriatrics Society and promised more transparency.  The AAFP members looked at each other and said, “Looks good to me.  Who wants some more coffee?” and gave up.  All threats of leaving the RUC are now gone and it is rumored that some of these AAFP representatives will be working with the government to solve the Iran nuclear crisis.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “AAFP Talks Tough

  1. Bill
    March 21, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    they need some testoserone gel or a cajones transplant to leave their comfort zone. it’s OK to sell out, but just don’t do it too cheaply. Remember the Scottish lords in Braveheart ? lands and titles for all whilst the little guys on the front line in the dirty kilts got arrows in the butt.

  2. mamadoc
    March 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Just the usual BS we have come to expect from that lot.

  3. March 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    I’m not surprised. Sell-outs…ALL OF THEM

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