AOA is Next

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This is getting fun. IP4PI founder, Craig M Wax, DO, a long time follower of Authentic Medicine, and others are suing the American Osteopathic Association to “recover millions of dollars in annual membership fees that the doctors have been forced to pay for years to the organization. The money is paid as a condition of obtaining and maintaining physicians’ board certification in any advanced medical specialty. The physicians—who have filed the suit as a class action—contend that the requirement that they purchase memberships is illegal, has no reasonable connection to the advanced certification and violates the antitrust laws”. I have heard about this from my DO brethren for years.  They feel they are being extorted to keep certified.  Even the AMA doesn’t do that.  Sure, they do nothing but that is besides the point.  I fully support these docs.  Go get 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 “AOA is Next

  1. David Hoffman
    August 13, 2016 at 8:11 am

    Thank goodness that I, a DO, did a dually accredited (ACGME/AOA) residency, so I took the allopathic pediatric boards and “only” have to do MOC. My wife did an osteopathic-only OBGYN residency, had to take the osteopathic boards and indeed has to pay the AOA dues anually in order to maintain her board certified status.

  2. Kurt
    August 11, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Think the AAFP will encourage its members to start a class action suit against the ABFM?
    We’re at the bottom of the medical care dung heap, not many get paid the inflated teaser rates
    that are quoted on production and one cannot see and “process” as many patients as in the past.
    Think the ABFM should cost less and have straight forward requirements? If a Dr. is going to pay they might as well be in a better compensated specialty to make it worth it. I’m surprised FP is surviving as it is. It will eventually come back to haunt the groups as I’m seeing younger and newer physicians getting ticked off at this specialty. Eventually the word will filter down. Kurt

  3. Fred LaVenuta
    August 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I’m not a lawyer, thank God, but I think a case can be made that AOA is also violating the RICO statutes.

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