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.”
HB 41, has passed both the Mississippi House and Senate. The Senate tacked on amendments, (including one to stop the board from having regulatory power over nurse practitioners and their collaboration agreements with physicians) so the bill will now move to a conference committee.
Please contact your Mississippi legislators and ask them to OPPOSE HB 41.
Contact Information for House members:http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/h_roster.pdf
Contact Information for Senators:
Don’t know who your legislators are? You can find out here: http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
Other concerns of note:
- Supporters have been glossing over expansive disciplinary and investigative provisions in the Compact by claiming they only apply to physicians seeking licensure through the Compact. However, the Compact language does not clearly restrict all of these broadened powers to Compact licensees. See: http://www.azaaps.org/expansive-disciplinary-and-investigative-provisions-in-interstate-medical-licensure-compact/.
- There are significant concerns related to conflicts of interest of entities promoting the Compact. See http://www.jpands.org/vol21no1/kempen.pdfand http://www.jpands.org/vol20no2/kempen.pdf
- The Compact supersedes state law and rules made by the largely unaccountable Interstate Commission have the force and effect of law. See http://www.jpands.org/vol21no1/snavely.pdf
- Current Board Certification recognized by the ABMS or AOABOS is required for Compact participation. Some in the medical regulation community are already suggesting that the Compact’s requirements are a “prototype” for extending board certification requirements for ALL licenses.
- The list of states affirmatively rejecting or at least delaying Compact participation is growing and includes CA, NM, TX, DE, MI, WA, MO, OH, VA, OK, and LA.
- ZERO licenses have been issued so far through the Compact. There is no hurry to tie the state to this new bureaucratic entity.
Additional Resources regarding Compact:
The Central Medical Society, meeting in Jackson, MS on the evening of April 12th, overwhelmingly approved the Resolution to Rescind the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” aka ObamaCare. Thank you for your help.
The resolution will now go to the Mississippi State Medical Association Annual Meeting of its House of Delegates in Tupelo, MS, May 19-22, 2011.
If you are a member of the MSMA, please be sure to attend the annual meeting to support this important resolution and bring your like-minded colleagues.
Please read the below URGENT message from Curtis W. Caine, M.D.
The Central Medical Society (5 counties) meets at the River Hills Tennis Club in Jackson, MS (3600 Ridgewood Rd) at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 12, 2011.
On the agenda is the consideration of the below Resolution to Rescind the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” aka ObamaCare.
If affirmatively acted upon, the Resolution will go the Mississippi State Medical Association Annual Meeting of its House of Delegates in Tupelo, MS, May 19-22, 2011.
Thanks for any help in getting out the affirmative voters. If you are a member of the Central Medical Society, please be sure to attend and bring your like-minded colleagues.
If elsewhere in Mississippi, help spread the word and plan on attending the MSMA meeting in May.
Curtis W. Caine, M.D.
Resolution on the Constitution of these United States of America
by the Central Medical Society
WHEREAS, Article VI, paragraph 2 of the US Constitution stipulates –
“This Constitution -=—shall be the supreme Law of the Land;–“ and
WHEREAS, Article I, Section 1 decrees –
“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States,—“ and
WHEREAS, Article I, Section 8 has 18 paragraphs that delegate Congress its specified Powers –
“Congress shall have power to—“ and
WHEREAS, Article I, Section 8, paragraph 18 authorizes –
“Congress shall have power To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers,“ and
WHEREAS, Amendments IX and X declare that the powers delegated in Article I, Section 8 are all of the legislative powers Congress has, and
WHEREAS, matters dealing with health care, medical care, and insurance are not listed as among the powers on which Congress may legislate, now
THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED that the Central Medical Society calls on the Senators and Representatives to the US Congress from the State of Mississippi to honor their oath to obey the US Constitution and RESCIND the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Central Medical Society calls on the Mississippi State Medical Association, at its meeting in Tupelo in May 2011, to also resolve as above.
Curtis W. Caine, M.D.