Category: Advocacy

Upcoming Spring Webinars – Georgia Legislative Session Recap & Surprise Billing Legislation

Upcoming Spring Webinars – Georgia Legislative Session Recap & Surprise Billing Legislation

SHP is excited to announce two upcoming webinars this Spring. These timely webinars will delve into the most recent healthcare changes from the 2021 legislative session as well as how to understand the rules issued by the DOI for Surprise Billing. Join these free webinars with the links below. We will also post recordings and material in our webinar archive after the session.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:00 noon: Georgia Legislative Session Recap

Please join SHP’s Legislative Affairs Team for a recap of key legislation from the 2021 session and to understand what bills will impact you in the coming year! A mini COVID update will be provided with the latest news from HHS and the American Rescue Plan. Use this link to join us at 12:00pm Eastern on Wed. April 14th!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:00 noon: Georgia’s Surprise Billing Legislation

SHP will be joined by Michele Madison pf Morris, Manning & Martin to discuss the enactment of Georgia HB 888 for Surprise Billing by healthcare providers. HB 888 took effect on 1/1/2021 utilizing a set of operational rules and regulations developed by the Department of Insurance (DOI). Join us at this link to learn about the impact that this will have on your operations on Wed. May 5th!

Capitol Watch: Legislative Day 35

Legislative Day 35
It’s been a busy week at the State Capitol with many twist and turns as we see the legislative session
and term make its way to the end. We’ve seen many bills placed on other bills and an attempt to get
them passed this year. We will be on high alert in the remaining days. Please watch for alerts as we
close out the session.

Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana Merger Update

Developments continue regarding the proposed mergers between Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana. Yesterday,  the Justice Department reported they will likely file lawsuits this month to halt both proposed mergers.  If the Justice Department does take action, it may significantly delay any merger.  Additional details can be found at the link below:

                http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20160719/NEWS/160719879/aetna-anthem-mega-deals-appear-headed-for-trouble

Pending such action by the Justice Department, Georgia’s Department of Insurance continues their own review of the proposed mergers and has scheduled the required public hearing for the Aetna/Humana proposed merger:

Aetna/Humana Public Hearing

https://www.oci.ga.gov/ExternalResources/Documents/RegServices/AetnaFormAFiles/10%20-%20FormA-Aetna-Humana%20(NoticeofPublicHearing)%20%20June28,2016.pdf

Tuesday, July 26

9:00 a.m.

Georgia Department of Insurance

DOI has not yet announced the hearing date for the proposed Anthem/Cigna merger; SHP will provide this date once announced. 

If you have any questions regarding these developments, please contact us.  Thank you!

“Physician Day” at the capitol – January 27th

TAKE ACTION & GET INVOLVED
 
 
Contact your legislators!  It makes a difference when you contact your Representatives and Senators early in the session.  Discuss the issues that are important to your practice, your patients, and your community.  The 40-day legislative session marks the second session of the two-year legislative cycle.  We anticipate action on the following issues during the session:
                                                    
Practice Issues
Insurance Reform – Consumer & Provider Protection Act – SB 158
Monitoring CON Issues
Monitoring Tort Reform
Prescription Monitoring Program  
Scope of Practice Expansions & Licensure
·         Nurses Continuing Education legislation
·         Chiropractors
 
 
Join the annual “Physician Day” at the state capitol on Wednesday, January 27th.  Physicians from across the state meet at the capitol to talk with legislators and participate in a legislative luncheon. Please see attached invitation for more information. You may register by  RSVP to Liz Bullock at ebullock@mag.org or call 678.303.9271.  To register online, go http://www.mag.org/news/events/physicians-day.
  
 
Be the “Doctor of the Day” The Medical Association of Georgia sponsors the “Medical Aid Station” in the Capitol with a staff nurse and volunteer physician. A physician is needed to serve as the Doctor of the Day each day the legislature is in session.  Physicians are introduced by their legislators in both the Senate and House Chambers. Take this opportunity to demonstrate that the House of Medicine is strong in Georgia and is willing to assist in the legislative process. Please RSVP to Liz Bullock at ebullock@mag.org or call 678.303.9271.
 
A Typical Day at the Capitol

  • You should arrive at the Capitol no later than 9:00 a.m.  Plan to be at the Capitol from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., even though you typically finish earlier. The legislature is expected to be is session Tuesday through Thursday from January to early March.
  • You are strongly encouraged to bring your “black bag” and a prescription pad.
 
 
Watch the General Assembly LIVE! Each day that the General Assembly is in session, you can watch the proceedings live via the Internet at: http://www.legis.state.ga.us/. Click the Live Broadcast option. You can also watch the Prime Time Lawmakers daily broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting each evening the General Assembly is in session. 
 
 
If you have personal relationships with any state elected officials, please help us by making us aware of these crucial relationships.
 
For more Information – Call the SHP Governmental Affairs Team
                                        Travis Lindley 770-435-5586 or Lasa Joiner at 404-299-7700