ICD-10 and the AAFP

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Here is the headline:

AAFP Fights to Shield FPs from ICD-10 Fallout

Amazing.  Like these idiots didn’t see this catastrophe coming?  Now they pretend to be saviors by “shielding” doctors?  What a scam.  You can read the highlighted article above but it’s all fluff.  I was tipped off about this charade from the AAFP itself in their Family Medicine Smart Brief e-newsletter.  In it there was a section called AAFP battles to protect physicians from consequences of ICD-10 transition. That led me to the article above.  Words are important.  Do you see how they shield and protect?   What I found even more amusing was in that same e-newsletter, a few paragraphs down, was this ad:

ICD-10 ready? Check it off your to-do list. Give your practice some breathing room. Start preparing now with helpful products from the AAFP, including the on-demand, in-depth ICD-10 Educational Series and the point-of-care referential flash cards (multiple sets available at a discount). Save when you purchase both the ICD-9 to ICD-10 Referential Flash Cards and the ICD-10 Educational Series in the conveniently packed ICD-10 Bundle. Oct. 1 is almost here. Be properly compensated for the services you provide. Ready, set, go!

Yup.  The AAFP is shielding and protecting but they are always selling too. I mean, if they cared so much about us family doctors why don’t they just give these ICD-10 products away?  Nope. Instead they are making anywhere from $100-250 for each item.

But remember, they are so really angry about this ICD-10 change so we need to support them.

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 “ICD-10 and the AAFP

  1. Steve O'
    June 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Rats. Member Price: $79.95 and Nonmember Price: $99.95 I think I’ll join just to get the discount on the flash cards. Until then, here’s a few useful ones for my colleagues. They were circulated by email, but I’m not sure they were legitimate…
    F52.21 Not drunk enough.
    F52.23 With the light at a certain angle, intimate partner looked like Mom. Ugh.
    F52.24 With the light at a certain angle, intimate partner looked like Dad. Ugh.
    F52.27 Right in the middle of things, she asked me if I had taken the trash out.
    F52.23 Dropped Cialis in the toilet. Tastes terrible.
    F52.29 Started up again about why we can’t go to her mother’s for Thanksgiving.

    Maybe those are for ICD-11?

    • Steve O'
      June 24, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Found some more:

      R11.272 Ate dead squirrel, drank out of bowl, threw up on furniture (second time).
      T14.912 Suicide attempt, unsuccessful, ingestion, Ortho-Tri-Cyclen, with or without forbidden urge to pose for Vanity Fair.
      W52.341 Beaten by mob, angry, for saying something offensive, that didn’t actually offend any particular person directly but everyone decided COULD be potentially offensive theoretically to someone, subsequent encounter.

  2. Dr Phil
    June 24, 2015 at 7:03 am

    The RACGP – the Australian equivalent of the AAFP have increased their fees 12% this year, apparently to pay for this lovely white male doctor with lovely white family and looking after them over their lifetime. Why does it make me cringe? Please help.

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