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

Weekly Legislative Update: April 2, 2021

Posted on 4/7/2021
The legislature is rapidly approaching the April 8 deadline for bills to be out of Committee in the opposite House (House Bills out of Senate Committee and Senate Bills out of House Committee). Next week is assured to be somewhat frantic as Committee

Weekly Legislative Update: March 26, 2021

Posted on 3/29/2021
Committee work slowly ramped up this week as the deadline for opposite house committee work is Thursday, April 8. Several nominations were considered this week including Secretary of Health Kevin Corbett and Commissioner of Health Col. Lance Frye, MD

New Federal Information Blocking Regulations Effective April 5

Posted on 3/25/2021
Information Blocking is generally a practice that, except as required by law or covered by an exception, is likely to interfere with access, exchange, or use of electronic health information (EHI). The intent of the information blocking regulations..

Weekly Legislative Update: March 19, 2021

Posted on 3/23/2021
Having reached the major deadline for House bills out of the House and Senate bills out of the Senate, this was a slow and short “Spring Break” week for the state legislature. Measures will start moving through the opposite house Committees next week