Lots of news is coming
from the state level: In New Mexico,
ACC members have developed draft legislation establishing liability protection
for physicians and nurses who respond to disasters. Other states will likely be
added to this list later.
bill proposes Appropriate Use Criteria and guidelines requirements for all
Arkansas lawmakers are
following in the footsteps of their counterparts in Maryland
with a bill that would ban self-referral.
we’re hearing legislators may introduce a bill allowing PCI without surgical
backup. A few of our Kentucky
members feel the data from a pilot have not been sufficient to warrant the
Health care advocates in Pennsylvania
successfully have blocked the proposed merger between Highmark and Independence
Blue Cross. Opponents of the match argued that a merger could have serious
anticompetitive effects and cause significant injury to physicians by lowering
fees. This wouldn’t have happened without the AMA’s leadership. My old CMA General Counsel and
colleague, Catherine Hanson, provided AMA’s legal background and arguments in
this case — very impressive advocacy.