Gov. Deal signs MAG’s legislative priorities into law

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed three of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) legislative priorities for 2016 into law on April 26. This included…

S.B. 158, a health insurance rental networks bill that will result in greater insurer disclosure and transparency and will ensure that physicians get paid their contracted rate in the event their network is leased. This measure will require insurers to register every rental network in the state with the Georgia Department of Insurance.

S.B. 302, which will require health insurance companies to maintain more accurate provider directories. This measure will require insurers to update their provider lists every 30 days and maintain those lists in both electronic and paper forms.

H.B. 900, which will enhance the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by 1) giving physicians the authority to delegate the right to access the PDMP system to staff who are licensed, registered or board-certified health care professionals and 2) allowing prescribers and dispensers to communicate with each other about potential abusers and 3) allowing individuals who are authorized to access the PDMP system to report instances of misuse or abuse to the patient’s primary prescriber.

MAG tracked more than 300 bills during the legislative session in 2016.

Contact MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. at 678.303.9250 or dpalmisano@mag.org with questions related to the 2016 legislative session.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signing H.B. 900 into law on April 26. From the left are MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr., MAG Legislative Associate Kimberly Ramseur, MAG contract lobbyist Travis Lindley, H.B. 900 sponsor Rep. Sharon Cooper, Gov. Deal, MAG President John S. Harvey, M.D., Georgia Pharmacy Association (GPA) Vice President Liza Chapman, and GPA President Tommy Whitworth. H.B. 900 will enhance the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.