Issues Impacting Oklahoma Doctors

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

Coronavirus, 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 2021 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

Supreme Court Takes Step in Managed Care Organization Injunction Request

Posted on 2/24/2021
In response to OSMA and other health partner organization’s February 11 request for an injunction to halt the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s (OHCA) effort to contract with Managed Care Organizations for claims management administration services...

Weekly Legislative Update: February 19, 2021

Posted on 2/22/2021
The winter storm slowed progress for the 58th Oklahoma State Legislature. Many committee meetings were cancelled/postponed this week due to the heavy snow and poor travel conditions. Some committee meetings were rescheduled for Friday which...

OSMA Files Injunction Against Medicaid Managed Care

Posted on 2/19/2021
The Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA) along with several partners has filed a motion asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to issue an injunction against Medicaid managed care contracts moving forward.

Weekly Legislative Update: February 12, 2021

Posted on 2/15/2021
The 58ᵗʰ Oklahoma State Legislature continues Committee work through February. Currently, the main health related issue under consideration is the Stitt Administration’s efforts to implement Medicaid managed care without legislative authority.