MOC Legislation in Tennessee

Dear Colleagues,

We need to keep a sharp on on the below! 

Thanks,

Douglas J. Pearce

 

One of TMA’s priority bills for the 2017 legislative session addressing Maintenance of Certification burdens got final approval from the General Assembly on May 10.

The bill, as amended, will prevent MOC from being required for state licensure. It will also create a task force to study MOC as it relates to hospital hiring practices, admitting privileges and insurance networks.

SB 298/ HB 413 was sponsored by Sen. Richard Briggs, MD (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville). It passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate.

Before amendments, the bill would also have prevented hospitals from denying admitting privileges and insurance companies from denying reimbursement or participation in a network based solely on MOC participation. Those topics will now be studied by the task force in the summer and fall.

The task force will be made up of six lawmakers appointed by the speakers of the House and Senate. TMA will make recommendations for appointments to the task force.