Message from the Chair
Steven Spedale, MD, FAAP
Welcome to the MedicineLouisiana website.
By joining MedicineLouisiana, you have taken the initiative that is necessary to create meaningful improvements in the lives of Louisiana physicians and their patients. 2016 was an unprecedented year in legislative activity, and a vital component to the organization’s success was the support from the dedicated membership.
MedicineLouisiana successfully defeated multiple balance billing probation instruments that would have set rates for out of network physicians, negatively impacting your negotiating position with the commercial carriers. Together, we advocated for Medicaid financing and policy to support physician practices that participate in the Medicaid program and against legislation that would have reduced reimbursement rates by imposing uncollectable copayments from beneficiaries. Also, we successfully blocked several bills that would have carved into physicians’ protections currently afforded under the medical malpractice act. Additionally, we tackled numerous expansion of scope of practice bills, staved off additional regulations of physician practices, and much more.
With a new U.S. president at the helm and continuing budget woes for Louisiana, 2017 is sure to bring new challenges — along with many of the same challenges we continue to face. MedicineLouisiana advocacy is not restricted to the legislative sessions but continues throughout the year with state officials and agencies on behalf of our members’ interests.
The MedicineLouisiana team stands ready to advocate for you, and with your support, we will remain focused on preventing and removing administrative barriers to the practice of medicine.