Action Alert: NO on HB 2502, Interstate Compact

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact “may seem like a positive step to those who don’t have the time to look at it very closely,” explains CATO adjunct scholar Shirley Svorny, PhD.  She continues, “[t]he compact is being promoted, disingenuously, as addressing license portability and access to interstate telemedicine…. Adding the Compact Commission creates another layer of bureaucracy and costs.”

Last Wednesday, HB 2502, the bill to push Arizona into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, narrowly passed through the AZ Senate HHS Committee after a contentious hearing.

Now the bill will move on to the full Senate if it can make it through the Senate Rules Committee.

Please contact Senate President, Andy Biggs and his leadership team on the Senate Rules Committee to express your opposition to HB 2502.  Email addresses you can copy and paste into your message: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Continue reading “Action Alert: NO on HB 2502, Interstate Compact”

Concerns about HB 2502, Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

To: President Andy Biggs, Sen. Sylvia Allen, Sen. Gail Griffin, Sen. Steve Yarbrough, Sen. Nancy Barto:

Re: concerns about HB 2502, Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC)

The Health and Human Services Committee heard lengthy testimony on HB 2502. While it narrowly (4:3) approved a do-pass recommendation, testimony on both sides provides serious reasons to reject the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) being aggressively promoted by theFederation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

The hearing showed a stark division in the medical community: big multistate healthcare systems, also represented by the Arizona Medical Association (note that ArMA and Mayo have a common lobbyist), and independent physicians, represented by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Continue reading “Concerns about HB 2502, Interstate Medical Licensure Compact”

Expansive Disciplinary and Investigative Provisions in Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

Are certain investigative and disciplinary provisions in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact applicable only to physicians licensed through the Compact?  The answer seems to be no. Read more in our letter to the Arizona Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee.

Madam Chair and Members of the Committee:

Thank you for allowing a lengthy discussion about HB 2502 at the March 16th hearing. I appreciate your hard work on this and other bills before the Committee.

It was stated at the hearing that provisions in the Compact only apply to physicians voluntarily licensed through the Compact. However, I’ve heard concerns from physicians about several sections that appear to apply more broadly, that may impact physicians who chose the traditional licensure pathway and are licensed in multiple Compact-participating states. Continue reading “Expansive Disciplinary and Investigative Provisions in Interstate Medical Licensure Compact”

AZ Chapter Dinner 3/9/2016 Featuring Twila Brase

Is a “free trade zone” for medical care possible in the U.S.? Join us on March 9, 2016 for dinner and a presentation by Twila Brase, founder of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).  She will review CCHF’s Wedge of Health Freedom, an innovative free-market health care solution that will defuse Obamacare.

In addition, special guest Senator Nancy Barto, Chair of the AZ Senate HHS Committee, will give an update on healthcare related bills under consideration this session at the Arizona Capitol.

CLICK HERE to RSVP today. Seats are limited; you will not want to miss out on this important event.

What: AAPS Arizona Chapter Dinner Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • 6 pm – Networking and Drinks
  • 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 7 pm – Presentations

Where: Old Spaghetti Factory,
1418 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Cost: No Charge; free will contributions welcome

RSVP: http://aapsonline.org/azdinner

Questions: Call AAPS Business Manager, Jeremy Snavely, 520-270-0761 or email [email protected]