Late developments in the final week of pre-session meetings should cause concern for physicians. For instance, the House Republican Property Tax Relief plan is based in part upon a proposed change that would cap the growth of Medicaid revenue, which necessarily will limit physician reimbursement. Moreover, Senator Jones has filed SB 1838, which not only would reconstitute the Board of Medicine to include more consumer members, but also would require more information on professional liability actions to be posted on a physician's profile.
However, progress was made on several fronts. Supported by the testimony of Michael Zimmer, M.D., the Senate Health Regulation Committee passed the Prescription Database bill, SB 518. This week's ACP delegation also met with over 14 members of the Legislature to advocate for increased Medicaid reimbursement, no scope of practice expansions for allied health providers, and continued prompt pay relief. Special thanks to ACP representatives Michael A. Zimmer, M.D., FACP, Ignacio A. Sotolongo, M.D., Einar G. Lurix, M.D., and USF resident David R. Wilson, II, M.D. for taking the time away from their busy practices to support the ACP's efforts on behalf of its members and their patients.
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