February 2017 Newsletter

MAG Board acts on key issues in year’s first meeting

The Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Board of Directors (BOD) took action on several key issues when it met in Atlanta on January 28. The BOD…

– Called for MAG to form a task force to address medical marijuana issues.

– Directed MAG’s government relations team to promote model legislation that MAG developed with allied stakeholder groups to address the “surprise insurance coverage gap” in emergency care settings. The BOD also approved the expenditure of resources to support a new ‘End the Surprise Insurance Gap’ campaign (https://endtheinsurancegap.org).

– Called for MAG to oppose legislation that would require physicians to check the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) system every time they prescribe a controlled substance and to support legislation that would require the dispensing physician and/or pharmacist to check the PDMP every time they dispense a controlled substance.

– Decided not to take additional action on a resolution (304C.16) that was passed by MAG’s House of Delegates in 2016 that dealt with advertising one’s board certification. The BOD did, however, call for MAG to work with the Georgia Composite Medical Board to address this issue in its rule-making process.

– Approved MAG’s strategic plan of work for 2017, which was presented by MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D.

– Appointed six members of the Physician Institute for Excellence in Medicine’s Board of Directors, including Aaron Davidson, M.D., John Harvey, M.D., and Manoj Shah, M.D., to one-year terms and Adam Berman, M.D., Kelly Degraffenreid, M.D., and Drazen Jukic, M.D., to two-year terms.

– Appointed William E. Silver, M.D., to the MAG Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Contact MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. at dpalmisano@mag.org to obtain a copy of MAG’s strategic plan of work for 2017 and/or with any questions related the BOD meeting.

Michael E. Greene, M.D., in the center, was honored for his 10 years of service as the chair of MAG’s Council on Legislation (COL) during MAG’s Board of Directors meeting on January 28. Also pictured are new COL Chair W. Scott Bohlke, M.D., on the left, and MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D. Dr. Greene received a football that was autographed by University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban; Dr. Greene is a long-time Alabama fan.

MAG’s immediate past president, John S. Harvey, M.D., on the left, received a framed Georgia Senate resolution from MAG Council on Legislation Chair W. Scott Bohlke, M.D., during MAG’s Board of Directors meeting on January 28.