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SOURCE Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

Say dropping insurance improves patient care while slashing bills in half.

MINNEAPOLIS, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), is hosting its 20th workshop on May 9th in Minneapolis, Minnesota to help doctors drop insurance participation.  Seven practicing physicians from across the country will tell their stories about transitioning to a direct pay practice.

Reports reveal that cutting ties with insurance companies is a growing trend among physicians and surgeons. The number of insurance free practices doubled, from 3% to 6% of practicing physicians, between 2011 and 2013 according to Medscape's 2014 Physician Compensation Report.

Transitioning to direct pay independent practice models allow healthcare professionals to bypass the skyrocketing constraints and costs third-party payers impose on the patient-physician relationship. 

Physicians moving to a direct-pay practice report slashing medical care prices charged to patients by half or more thanks to lower overhead and less bureaucratic red-tape.  Increased face time with patients is another benefit cited by doctors who have made the transition.

The Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance (MPPA),, invited AAPS back to stage a national conference on direct pay independent practice following a successful workshop held at the University of Minnesota in August 2013.

Videos of physicians telling their success stories from previous events can be viewed at

The conference, "Thrive, Not Just Survive XX (twenty), Building a Healthy Direct-Pay Practice" is scheduled for May 9, 2014, at the Marriott Minneapolis Airport.

Although directed at physicians and other healthcare professionals, the event is also open to employers, patients, and media.

Conference details are at

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