Archives     Advertise     Editorial Calendar     Subscribe     Contact Us    


March 6: Doctor's Day on the Hill


 

The Tennessee Medical Association - the state's largest professional organization for physicians - will hold its annual Day on the Hill in Nashville on Tuesday, March 6. TMA's Day on the Hill gives physicians a chance to share their expertise with lawmakers who make important public policy decisions affecting the delivery of healthcare in Tennessee.

Top issues for 2018 include:

  • OPIOIDS

While this was not a part of TMA's legislative package for 2018, it has remained a priority item as Tennessee's number one public health issue. Physicians are actively engaged in advocating for important amendments to Gov. Haslam's "TN Together" legislation to protect patients and avoid unnecessary or unreasonable restrictions on doctors and other healthcare providers.

  • EPISODES OF CARE

TMA has met repeatedly with state officials to communicate doctors' ongoing frustrations with the TennCare episodes of care payment model, but the state has yet to improve data transparency, accuracy and consistency. TMA is asking the legislature to intervene and force TennCare to stop rolling out episodes until they fix the fundamental issues.

  • BALANCE BILLING

TMA is fighting to protect physicians' rights to get paid when they see out-of-network patients in a hospital setting and ensure that the proliferation of health plan "narrow" networks do not lead to inadequate hospital-based physician networks. The association is negotiating with hospitals and insurance companies to find a reasonable solution for doctors and patients when it comes to "surprise" medical bills.

  • INDOOR UV TANNING

TMA is leading a coalition of healthcare organizations advocating for strict prohibition for anyone under 16 to use indoor UV radiating tanning devices, and strengthening parental consent requirements for ages 16 to 17. The coalition's goal is to reduce the risk of children getting preventable skin cancer from using the devices.

  • MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION

In 2017, TMA passed a bill that prohibited MOC as a requirement for medical licensure in Tennessee. This year, the association is responding to doctors' plea for relief from the costly and burdensome MOC requirements by prohibiting hospitals and health insurance companies from requiring MOC for physician credentialing or network participation.

  • ADVANCED ACADEMIC DEGREES FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

TMA was opposed to a bill introduced in 2017 that would have created a new academic degree to effectively give physician assistants independent practice. Bill sponsors filed a new version in January that does not give PAs independent practice but requires collaboration in a physician-led, team-based care model, and have recently amended the name from "Doctor of Medical Science" to "Essential Access Provider," prompting TMA to change its position to neutral.

Read more about TMA's legislative priorities here.

 
Share:

Related Articles:


Recent Articles

Clover Health Flu Shot Monitor Finds Only 61% of Nashville Seniors Have Been Immunized This Season

With flu shot rates increasing only 20% over the past month, too many older Middle Tennessee residents remain unvaccinated going into the height of flu season

Read More

Jacobs Out at Acadia

Veteran healthcare CEO Joey Jacobs is out at Acadia Healthcare following a Sunday board meeting that ousted the behavioral health giant's well-known leader.

Read More

Moving beyond Wellness to Well-Being

Increasingly, healthcare providers are expanding their focus beyond physical wellness to take a more holistic view of well-being.

Read More

Seasonal Affective Disorder: The Recurring Winter Blues Storm

In the United States, 10 to 20 percent of people have a form of the winter blues, and about half a million people suffer from winter Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.

Read More

Competition Levels Drop in Health Insurance Markets across 25 States

Read More

Vanderbilt Comments on Patient Error, CMS Corrective Action Plan

Following a medication error last December that resulted in a patient death, Vanderbilt University Medical Center faced scrutiny by CMS, which could have potentially impacted Medicare reimbursement. However, on Nov. 29, the federal agency accepted a corrective action plan submitted by the city's academic medical center.

Read More

Lifepoint Health And Rcch Healthcare Partners Announce Completion Of Merger

Read More

Cancer Care on the Cutting Edge

Nashville physician-scientists are helping lead the way in advancing cancer care.

Read More

The Evolution of Senior Living

The senior living industry is undergoing a makeover as baby boomers shift focus from medical-directed care to hospitality-driven services.

Read More

When Basic Science Becomes a Breakthrough

Noted immunologists joined forces at the recent International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference to discuss the importance of fostering and funding basic science.

Read More

Email Print
 
 

 

 


Tags:
Tennessee Medical Association, TMA, TMA Day on the Hill
Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: