On Wednesday, HB 843 was reported without objection out of the Senate Commerce Committee. Vice President of Governmental Affairs Jennifer Marusak and Vice President of Legal Affairs Wes Hataway provided extensive testimony on the critical need of this legislation to ensure due process rights for physicians. With the support of the LSMS, several amendments were made to the bill that bolster the intent of the legislation including mandating a review process by the LSBME Board before a formal investigation can move forward, requiring a burden of proof (preponderance of evidence) for prosecution of a complaint, and creating an appropriate separation of powers by precluding the executive director from also serving as the lead investigator on a case. For more information on the revised bill please click here.
The next stop was the Senate Finance committee yesterday evening to discuss a fiscal note associated with implementation of the bill. Thankfully all of the funds are self-generated and do not require any state general funds. We are very happy to report it was also reported out of committee without objection.
The last stop for this bill on the Senate side is a vote of the full Senate which could happen as soon as Monday. Please take a moment and respond to our call to action and ask your Senator to support physician due process rights and vote yes on HB 843.
We need your help! HB 573 is scheduled to be heard in the House Health and Welfare Committee, next Wednesday, May 13. Please ask the committee members to vote YES on HB 573.
House Health & Welfare - Local Members
Phone -- Fax
Walt Leger III (91)
(504)556-9970(504)556-9970 -- (504)556-9972(504)556-9972
Scott Simon (74)
(985)893-6246(985)893-6246 -- (985)893-6247(985)893-6247
Julie Stokes (79)
(504)468-8603(504)468-8603 -- (504)468-8605(504)468-8605
Thomas Willmott (92)
(504)465-3479(504)465-3479 -- (504)465-3481(504)465-3481
Louisiana physicians cannot afford to wait any longer to be afforded due process rights.
What an opportunity to spare some time for networking!!!
JPMS- OPMS Dinner
“STAY INFORMED - STAY INVOLVED” with comments on national issues by Dr. Bill Cassidy
Tuesday August 20, 2013
MEDICAL PRACTICE IN LA
WHO DAT - Physicians - WHO DAT
Sunday, October 21, 2012 * Lafreniere Park – Picnic Island
Jefferson Parish Medical Society & Orleans Parish Medical Society
River Parishes Medical Society & St. Bernard Parish Medical Society
WHO DAT • Physicians • WHO DAT
DR. DOLLEEN LICCIARDI
Courtesy of Dr. Juan Gershanik
Dr. Ralph P. Katz
Vice President --------------------
Dr. Gregory N. Sossaman
Dr. Pablo J. Labadie
Dr. John H. Wales
Chairman, Board of Censors-------
Dr. Gabriel Rivera-Rodriguez
Dr. Tanya Busenlener
Dr. Mark R. Rice
Immediate Past President ---------
Dr. Sidney H. Raymond
DELEGATION to the Louisiana State Medical Society:
Dr. Luis Arencibia
Dr. Kaleem Arshad
Dr. Bradley Bartholomew
Dr. Joseph Biundo
Dr. Brian Bourgeois
Dr. Robert Chugden
Dr. Candace Cutrone
Dr. Eric Ehrensing
Dr. Adil Fatakia
Dr. Daniel Gallagher
Dr. Daphne Glindmeyer
Dr. Michael Happel
Dr. Janet Higgins
Dr. Paul Hubbell
Dr. Sudhir Julka
Dr. Ralph Katz
Dr. Kevin Kirchner
Dr. Juan Labadie
Dr. Pablo Labadie
Dr. Owen Leftwich
Dr. William P. Long
Dr. I. Ricardo Martinez
Dr. Elizabeth McDonald
Dr. Harold Miller
Dr. Emery Minnard
Dr. Rachel Moore
Dr. Christopher Naquin
Dr. Cherie Niles
Dr. Bennie Nobles
Dr. Vijay Patel
Dr. Sydney Raymond
Dr. G. Rivera-Rodriguez
Dr. Kearney Robert
Dr. C. Rodriguez-Fierro
Dr. Katharine Rose
Dr. S. Kenneth Smith
Dr. Harry Vorhaben
Dr. Roland Waguespack
Dr. John Wales
Information for Physicians & Patients
1. First assure the safety of your family and property. You can better respond to the disaster if you know that your family is safe.
Have you obtained a reentry placard to return to your practice following a hurricane evacuation? If not visit http://www.jumpstartjefferson.com/ to apply.
If you are not expected at the hospital, consider volunteering at a special care shelter. Both Jefferson Parish and Orleans Parish have established a Medical Reserve Core where you or members of your family or office staff can register to assist the returning population following an evacuation.
About the Jefferson Parish Medical Society
The goal of the organization is to provide a strong, unified voice for patient advocacy and professional development for the physicians in Jefferson Parish. From the core of 35 physician members, the Jefferson Parish Medical Society now has 380 actively practicing physicians, 118 retired physician members, 244 physicians participating in specialty training as medical residents, and 12 medical student members.The physicians who chartered JPMS in 1959 were the leaders who influenced the extraordinary growth of health care delivery in Jefferson Parish, now recognized as the premiere provider of medical care in our area. Today, we are an organization of physicians – men and women, of every race, ethnic group and creed – devoted to our profession. We are the leaders who advocate for physicians’ rights as related to Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurers. We are the physicians who fight to maintain Act 817, the medical malpractice law we passed in 1975. During the current Legislative Session, we successfully defended our profession against the unprecedented encroachment by the nursing and insurance industries. Your medical society exists to represent you.JPMS can help patients find a doctor in Gretna, Harvey, Kenner, Marrero, and Metairie as well as provide information about our doctors. We hold educational meetings, publish quarterly newsletters and an annual directory. An important function of the organization is acting as liaison with other professional medical associations such as the American Medical Association (AMA) and Louisiana State Medical Society to provide government/industry leaders with impartial information relevant to Louisiana physician/patient issues.
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