State Issues

2017 State Legislative Agenda

  • Lawsuit Reform: Maintain our recent gains and provide greater protections for physicians. Promote access to care by providing physicians with a stable and lower-cost medical liability system.

  • Scope of Practice: Defend against any legislation that would expand the scopes of practice for mid-level providers without the approval of the Patients First Coalition. Support efforts to ensure that allopathic and osteopathic physicians are appropriately referenced in any legislation dealing with medical procedures. Oppose any legislation that could jeopardize patient safety or create a “two-tiered” system of care for patients on Medicaid or who live in medically underserved areas. 

  • Physician Practice: Oppose legislation that would mandate specific courses of treatment or otherwise override a physician’s medical judgment. Support efforts to decrease administrative burdens on physician offices.

  • Reimbursement: Maintain adequate physician reimbursement through Medicaid and support insurance reforms that will help maintain physician reimbursement levels. Promote access to care by providing adequate reimbursement and other incentives for physicians to see Medicaid patients and to serve in rural communities. 

  • Public Health. Support anti-tobacco, anti-obesity and other initiatives to improve the public health in Oklahoma.

 The 56th regular session of the Oklahoma State Legislature convened February 6, 2017. OSMA will continue to ensure that the “House of Medicine” is at the table when important policy decisions affecting medical practice are discussed.

For more information on State Legislative Issues contact Wes Glinsmann at 405-601-9571 or glinsmann@okmed.org