GLMS News Volume 28, Issue 4

News APRIL 2017 · VOLUME 27 & ISSUE 4 A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE GREATER LOUISVILLE MEDICAL SOCIETY WHAT’S INSIDE Page 1 - 2017 Legislative Session Success Page 3 - Match Day SEVERAL PIECES OF LEGISLATION PASSED THANKS TO YOU Page 4 - RSVP for Presidents’ Celebration Page 6 - PEPS Updates Thanks to the lobbying work done by GLMS and KMA physicians, several new health care related laws have passed the Kentucky legislature. Be- low is a list of each piece of legislation with a brief description of their intent. Thanks to Cory Meadows, KMA Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs, the KMA for all of their hard work and collaboration this year! MEDICAL REVIEW PANELS: SB 4 was a major priority of physicians during this legislative session as it provides a stepping stone for achieving tort reform in Kentucky. Sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, MD, the bill requires medical malpractice cases to go before Medical Review Panels before they can be filed in court. Those panels will consist of groups of indepen- dent, expert health care providers who can offer an opinion on the merit of medical malpractice cases. In a statement, KMA said the bill “repre- sents a significant first step in creating a more fair and consistent legal climate for Kentucky health care providers.” SMOKING CESSATION COVERAGE: SB 89 requires both private insurers and the state’s Medicaid MCOs to cover tobacco cessa- tion medicine and services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Studies show that smokers have more success quitting when they work with their physicians. This legislation was sponsored by Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R- Louisville. The state of Kentucky spends $1.92 billion annually on smoking-related health care expenditures. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPORTING: SB 86 changes the requirements of domestic (continued on page 2)