General Assembly 2020 has started and Delegate Sam Rasoul has introduced pro-competition legislation, HB 1449 which will create new opportunities for the recertification process, by allowing for physician choice and save Virginia hospitals millions of dollars on the exorbitant cost of MOC.
Virginia has a part-time legislature, which means that everything moves incredibly fast. Session started on January 8. And more than likely the bill will go to Committee and/or subcommittee in the next few weeks.
How can you help? The Virginia Coalition on MOC Reform understands just how busy practicing physicians are. The gatekeepers want to make sure you voice is shut out of the process, so it is incredibly important to add your voice. Legislators want to hear from practicing physicians. This cannot be left to the hospitals, insurance companies and others.
HB 1449 First Action Item The first thing that needs to happen is asking your medical society to support HB 1449 and add it to their Legislative Agenda. This process will take you less than five minutes. Click on the link below:
An email will be sent to the medical society of your choice and you will be able to add any additional comments at the end of the message. The information you provide will be kept confidential and never shared or sold to a third-party. If you live in Northern VA, email MSNVA. If you live in Richmond, email RAM. If you are a member of one or both medical societies, email both. The link is easy to use and navigate.
Legislator Email We will be setting up multiple ways for you to take part in this legislative process to make sure you voice is heard with just a few clicks. You can add your own comments or just use the template that is provided.
Legislator Meetings If you are in the Richmond area, you can also set up meetings with your legislator. If you need assistance with this, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can also assist with this.
Committee/Sub-Committee Meeting The moment the bill committee information is set up, we will inform you of the date. While it will probably still be only a week or two week prior notice, if you can make it, do attend. These meetings are full of hospital lobbyists and other corporate interests ready to shut down practicing physicians’ voice. I highly encourage you to attend when the dates are posted. Your presence will be highly respected and your voice WILL make a difference.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
. - All of us at Virginia Coalition on MOC Reform
Did You Know?
Virginia has two hospitals that accept NBPAS already? Sentara Halifax in South Boston & Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg.