The 2015 Legislative Session Wrap-Up
Plan to attend our Legislative Wrap-Up Meeting on Thursday, August 13th at Five Happiness - see details in Upcoming Events on homepage.
Members can watch the Video Updates Below
Session Enters Final Week
legislation HB 843, formerly HB 573, by Rep Chris Hazel was very busy at the
capital this week.
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.
Week 1 - April 20th
Support HB 573 by Rep. Chris Hazel
This bill puts in place puts
in place a clear and transparent process for filing, addressing, and finalizing
complaints with LSBME.
Most other professions have their timelines and
processes published. With HB 573, the LSMS is simply attempting to do the same for
The LSMS has requested important legislation this
legislative session to put much needed due process rights in place for
Louisiana physicians. House
Bill 573 by Rep. Chris Hazel and co-authored by Rep. Frank Hoffmann and
Rep. Katrina Jackson, puts in place an organized process for filing,
addressing, and finalizing complaints with the LSBME. Most other professions
have their timelines and processes published. The LSMS is simply attempting to
do the same for physicians.
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.
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
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Archived 2012 Session Wrap-Up
Additionally, the LSMS won some hard-fought battles against a few bills that
threatened physician-led medicine.
In the final days of the 2012 legislative session,
lawmakers came to terms and agreed to use one-time funds to cover the
shortfalls in the state's budget. Physicians will still see a slight decrease
in their reimbursements; however the use of these funds means that physicians
will see approximately a 3.7 percent decrease, instead of nearly a 10 percent
reduction. Primary care physicians are exempt from these cuts, since they are
mandated by federal law to receive reimbursements at a rate of 100 percent of
Senate Bill 320 by Senator Martiny (R-Metairie) requires that when
certain non-physician healthcare providers use the title of Doctor or
the abbreviation "Dr." in any manner while providing direct patient
care, that they clearly identify their roles. Dr. Neil Wolfson outlines
LSMS concerns in this video, following his testimony in front of the
House Health & Welfare Committee today. The bill passed unanimously
out of committee.
23rd, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate
passed legislation that includes a two-month extension of emergency
federal unemployment benefits and a delay in implementation of the
27.4 percent Medicare physician payment cut scheduled for January 1st.
A House-Senate conference committee will convene this month to work on a
longer-term agreement. At a press conference, Speaker Boehner said the goal is
to extend all the expiring programs for a full year, except for the physician
payment cut reprieve which is to be extended for two years.
is Bad Math
Louisiana physicians are not alone in wanting stability for seniors and
military families. Congress must stop
compromising access to care for patients and give us a permanent solution to
the way Medicare pays physicians.
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"medicine cannot absorb further cuts"!!
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2011 HEALTHCARE LEGISLATIVE FORUM
Louisiana Senators and Representatives voted against the health care reform
bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land
and the implementation and regulation phase has begun. President Obama acknowledges that the task of
reforming the nation’s health care system is not finished. Of note, physicians are still pursuing a
permanent resolution for the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician
payment formula under Medicare. Congress
extended the 2009 payment rates until May 31st so we still do not
have a long-term solution that will replace the faulty formula Medicare uses to
pay doctors. JPMS will remain vigilant
and seek ways to correct the flaws through the implementation process.
We need your
help to convince Congress to fix Medicare. U.S. Senators Landrieu and Vitter and Representatives Scalise, Cao, and
Melancon need to hear from you and your patients.
of medical societies has mounted an effort to advocate for a permanent fix to
the SGR and to oppose Medicare cuts. Please sign the petition designed to communicate this message to
Congress. Ask your friends and patients
to sign as well.
Medicare by developing a rational Medicare physician payment system that automatically
keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a fair, stable