Dr. Rodney Poling Serves as TMA Doctor of the Day

March 17, 2017

Rodney Poling, MD of Nashville served as Doctor of the Day this week on Capitol Hill for the Tennessee Medical Association.

TMA works with the General Assembly each legislative session to provide volunteer physicians who serve the medical needs of lawmakers and their staff. Volunteers spend a day in Nashville getting a first-hand look at the legislative process and interacting with legislators.

The program gives TMA members an opportunity to take part in the political process while giving something back to the public servants who support physicians’ issues.

Dr. Poling is a longtime member of TMA and delegate to TMA’s annual House of Delegates. He is also the current president of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association.

Since becoming president, Dr. Poling has tried to be more active politically.

Dr. Poling met with Sen. Richard Briggs, MD (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) among other legislators during his time as Doctor of the Day.

He spoke with them about legislation including a bill to address maintenance of certification hassles.

“It just becomes very burdensome,” he said.

The bill would prevent hospitals from denying admitting privileges, insurance companies from denying reimbursement or participation in a network, or the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners from denying licensure based solely on whether a physician participates in MOC.

Dr. Poling said he would encourage anyone interested in organized medicine to participate in the Doctor of the Day program.

“I think it always is effective to meet face to face with somebody. There’s a chance to respond in real time to questions, and I found all the legislators to be very inquisitive and willing to ask questions and willing to consider the talking points.”

Learn more about TMA’s legislative priorities at tnmed.org.