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MSMS's Legislative Priorities

The Michigan State Medical Society legislative agenda, as follows:

  1. Insurance and Regulatory Advocacy 
    • Support mental health parity
    • Advocate for adequately sized physician networks
    • Regulate narrow networks
    • Appropriate access to telemedicine
    • Advocate regulation of silent PPO/rental networks
    • Reduce unnecessary administrative costs:
      1. Streamlined credentialing
      2. Streamlined claims processing
      3. Reducing benefit variability
    • Oppose attempts to legislatively mandate pay-for-performance
    • Oppose legislative attempts to weaken Michigan’s automobile no-fault insurance laws
    • Seek repeal of the certificate of need
    • Oppose ownership of medical practices by non-physician corporate interests
    • Ensure regulatory changes to individual health insurance market are appropriate and fair to physicians and consumers
    • Support policies to minimize "bad debt" to physician practices
       
  2. Public Health and Prevention
    • Restore Michigan's helmet law
    • Support vaccine availability
    • Support wellness incentives
    • Appropriate access to pain medication/reduce prescription drug diversion
    • Reduce childhood environmental hazards
    • Support efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies
    • Support school-based nutrition and exercise standards
       
  3. Professional Liability
    • Preserve existing tort reforms
    • Advocate for higher negligence thresholds in medical liability cases
    • Eliminate the lost opportunity doctrine
    • Restore legislative intent of tort reforms related to meaningful caps on non-economic damages
    • Restore legislative intent of tort reforms related to court rules and procedures to level the playing field for physicians
    • Seek pilot projects of medical courts and other non-judicial alternatives to the tort system
    • Advocate liability relief for legislatively mandated standards of practice
       
  4. Physician Supply and Training
    • Increase graduate medical education funding at state level
    • Minimize burden of medical school debt
    • Support for a Physician Primary Care Scholarship program
       
  5. Medicaid
    • Seek funding parity with Medicare
    • Oppose taxes that are limited only to physicians
    • Seek funding sources that are fair and sustainable
    • Support Medicaid Expansion
    • Tax credits for physicians to encourage participation with Medicaid
    • Ensure access to primary care physicians and sub-specialty physicians
       
  6. Insurance Contracting Reform
    • Limit retroactive audit timeframes
    • Support adequate disclosure of fee screens
    • Limit extrapolation of penalties during audits
    • Reform co-pay requirements
    • Support "for-cause" termination
    • Support non-discrimination of qualified physicians
    • Prohibit "all products" clauses
    • Create a reasonable definition of "covered services"
    • Advocate standards for amending contracts
    • Support payment accountability
       
  7. Scope of Practice
    • Support education over legislation as the means of increasing scope of practice
    • Oppose independent prescriptive authority by non-physicians
    • Oppose surgical privileges for non-physicians
    • Oppose direct access to physical therapy
    • Support the physician-led team based approach to health care
    • Support patient right-to-know/health professional credentials disclosure
       

For more information about MSMS legislative advocacy, contact Colin Ford.

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