Georgia Physicians Day at the Capitol
Every professional has a responsibility to understand the different aspects of their industry and influence the business, laws and policies that regulate it. Otherwise, important decisions will be made for you, and probably not in your best interest.
Consider it as extra work that you don’t get paid for, but it’s one of the most important investments that you can make in yourself. Each year, the Medical Association of Atlanta/Georgia hosts an opportunity for physicians to meet with and lobby Georgia legislators on supporting or opposing bills that impact their practice of medicine.
Georgia has one of the shortest legislative sessions in the country, lasting just 40 days! This does not leave a lot of time to get work done. Ironically, Georgia’s quality of health care ranks 40th in the nation, meaning we have a lot of room for improvement.
This year, I had the opportunity to learn about several state bills that could determine how physicians are paid, certification testing guidelines, health insurance networks and the public health epidemic of opioid abuse and the role of other healthcare workers performing services.
- Senate Bill- SB 8-Surprise Billing and Consumer Protection Act
- Senate Bill- SB 81: Opioid antagonist bill
- House bill HB 36: Optometrist permit to administer injectable pharmaceuticals
- America’s health rankings annual report: Georgia
- National Conference of State legislatures
- News report: Georgia bill would require new ADHD prescriptions every 5 days
- Georgia Physician Drug Monitoring Program