HHSC – Learning Collaborative Summit

HHSC has posted information on the August 27th - 28th Statewide Learning Collaborative Summit, including the livestream link and agenda, on the Dates and Deadlines page. Visit us at Garlo Ward, PC … [Read more...]

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Challenges PECOS

In August 2010, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons ("AAPS") filed an amended complaint asking the court to vacate HHS regulations requiring non-Medicare providers to enroll with Medicare, to appear in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System ("PECOS"), or to obtain a National Provider Identifier ("NPI"). A copy of AAPS' full amended complaint is available here. AAPS argues that the ability of non-Medicare enrolled physicians to order or refer for services provided … [Read more...]

Fifth Circuit Rules Against Texas Medical Board in Due Process Case

On December 2, 1010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against the Texas Medical Board ("TMB"),  remanding a suit brought by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeon ("AAPS") and allowing the case to proceed. The AAPS complaint accused the TMB of the following: manipulation of anonymous complaints; conflicts of interest; violation of due process; breach of privacy; and retaliation against those who speak out. The key issue in the case was whether AAPS … [Read more...]

The Feds’ War on Pain Management Physicians

Heroic civil liberties lawyer, Harvey Silverglate writes about the war on physicians who attempt to alleviate the chronic pain of their patients. I just started reading his new book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, and will be writing more about that. In the meantime, read this column. Not only are the Feds attempting to "to effectively control the practice of pain relief medicine", they are now prosecuting people who try to educate the public about the issue under … [Read more...]

Law, Health & Liberty Podcast–Andy Schlafly of the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons

This is Garlo Ward's second podcast. It now has a name, Law, Health & Liberty. Click on the title to see the podcast. I chose this name because I see my firm's job as protecting the liberty interests of health providers against the actions of government which undermine your ability to serve patients, consumers and residents. In this podcast, I interview Andy Schlafly , the General Counsel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) about sham peer review and the … [Read more...]