Provider Stability Passes in Senate, MOC Moving Forward

March 17, 2017

TMA’s Healthcare Provider Stability Act passed unanimously in the Senate on Monday. The bill also passed out of two committees in the House of Representatives this week and is headed for a vote in the House next Thursday, March 23.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson) and Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), is one of TMA’s legislative priorities for 2017. The association has worked to pass the bill for several years.

TMA has tried for years through the Healthcare Provider Stability Act to create more transparency and predictability to reimbursement for healthcare providers. It would limit fee schedules changes to one in a 12-month period and require a 60-day notice of any payment policy changes.

TMA’s maintenance of certification bill is expected to get hearings in both the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee and the House Health Subcommittee next week. It is on the calendar of the Senate committee on Tuesday and on the House subcommittee on Wednesday.

That 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.

SB 298/ HB 413 is being sponsored by Sen. Richard Briggs, MD (R-Knoxville) and Rep. Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville).