Issues Impacting Oklahoma Doctors

“Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

Opioids, Medicaid reimbursement, scope of practice issues. There are numerous legislative challenges facing physicians today, which is why it is essential to be involved and engaged in the legislative session. As your advocates at the State Capitol, the Oklahoma State Medical Association works to keep you informed about issues impacting your patients and your practice.

The 2020 State Legislative Agenda has been approved by OSMA’s Board. This agenda lays the foundation of our policy when considering positions on proposed Legislation:

  • 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, vaccinations and other initiatives to improve the public health in Oklahoma.

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For more information on state legislative issues contact Matt Robison.

Legislative Updates

OSMA Provides Comments to OHCA Regarding Medicaid Managed Care

Posted on 8/21/2020
The Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) submitted a letter to OHCA expressing our serious concerns surrounding managed care for Medicaid.

OSDH New Rule Removes Vaccine Education Requirement

Posted on 8/6/2020
Interim State Department of Health Col. Lance Frye, MD, last Friday submitted an emergency rule removing the new vaccination education requirement stating there’s a statutory conflict with current statute.

June 30 Endorsed Candidates

Posted on 6/29/2020

Final Weekly Legislative Update: May 29, 2020

Posted on 6/1/2020
The 57th Legislative Session has officially adjourned. No meetings or action took place this week. The following is the FINAL UPDATE on many of the measures of which the Oklahoma State Medical Association was actively engaged (all measures become...