Areas of concern:
Legal 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.
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.
Scope of Practice: Defend against any legislation that would expand the scopes of practice for mid-level providers without the approval of the Patients' 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.
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.
Residency Funding. Increase funding for graduate medical education (GME) to help train and retain the next generation of Oklahoma physicians.
For more information on state legislative issues contact Matt Robison.
Posted on 3/28/2023
Posted on 3/27/2023
MEDICINE DAY WAS SPECTACULAR! WHITE COATS REPRESENTING MEMBERS, RESIDENTS AND MEDICAL STUDENTS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE FILLED THE CAPITOL AND DID A REMARKABLE JOB REPRESENTING THE “HOUSE OF MEDICINE”!
Posted on 3/20/2023
(Members Only) The next key legislative deadline is March 23rd when measures must have passed the Floor of their respective chambers, or they will become dormant. Several measures of interest to the House of Medicine have already been sent...
Posted on 3/13/2023
House and Senate Floor work took center stage this week as we head into Spring Break. Several measures of interest to the House of Medicine have been sent to the opposite chamber.
Posted on 3/13/2023
(OSMA Members Only - sign in to view) The Legislative Session reached a major deadline as all bills had to pass in committee to be considered on the Floor.
Posted on 2/27/2023
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The 59th Oklahoma Legislative Session has one more week of committee work. If measures to do not receive a committee hearing by March 2, those bills will not be considered for the balance of the year.