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FSMB Action on Two Key Advocacy Items: License Portability and Physician Workforce Those of you who attended the FSMB’s Annual Meeting April 18-21 know that we made important progress on several key advocacy issues there. Of particular interest is a resolution approved by the House of Delegates calling for the exploration of a new interstate compact model for medical regulation. Adoption of an interstate compact model by state boards would help facilitate multi-state practice by physicians. We’ll be reporting to you in Advocacy Network News Continue reading →

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FSMB Board of Directors to Visit Capitol Hill      The FSMB Board of Directors will be in Washington, D.C. October 9-12 for its quarterly meeting and annual Day on Capitol Hill (pending the outcome of the government shutdown negotiations). Board members will meet with House and Senate offices to discuss issues of importance to state medical boards and the FSMB, highlighting the critical role of licensure and medical regulation in protecting the public. As always, thank you for continuing to support the FSMB Advocacy Network. Continue reading →

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FSMB Board Meets with Members of Congress      On October 9, the FSMB Board of Directors hosted its annual Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. In the midst of the federal government shutdown, members of the FSMB Board of Directors met with more than 30 Members of Congress or their senior legislative staff in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Among many medical regulatory issues discussed, the FSMB Board provided Congress with an update on state medical boards’ efforts to develop an Continue reading →

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News from Washington, D.C.     The 113th Congress will adjourn for summer recess from August 5 to September 6…The FSMB is pleased to organize Congressional visits for our grassroots advocacy members in the home district offices of your Representatives and Senators. If you have an interest in meeting with your Congressional representatives in the district to discuss issues of importance to state medical boards and the FSMB, please contact Jonathan Jagoda, Director, Federal Government Relations, at jjagoda@fsmb.org or call 202-463-4003. Dr. Regina Benjamin stepping down Continue reading →

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Contact FSMB to Schedule District Visits    The 113th Congress will adjourn for summer recess from August 5 to September 6. The FSMB is pleased to organize Congressional visits for our grassroots advocacy members in the home district offices of your Representatives and Senators. If you have an interest in meeting with your Congressional representatives in the district to discuss issues of importance to state medical boards and the FSMB, please contact Jonathan Jagoda, Director, Federal Government Relations, at jjagoda@fsmb.org or call 202-463-4003. As always, Continue reading →

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Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Ruling in Favor of the Federal Trade Commission On Tuesday, February 19, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the case, FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System. The case was on appeal from the Eleventh Circuit and was the result of the FTC’s complaint against Phoebe Putney Health System’s acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital in Albany, Georgia. The FTC argued that the merger of the only two hospitals in Albany would Continue reading →

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in FTC Case with Implications for State Medical Boards On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Federal Trade Commission v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., on appeal from the Eleventh Circuit. In April 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint to prevent the acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center by the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County, alleging that the merger between Palmyra and Albany’s only other hospital, Phoebe Putney Memorial, would significantly reduce competition and result in higher prices for general acute-care hospital services. Continue reading →

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GOP Unveils FY 2013 Budget Yesterday, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI-1) released the Republican FY 2013 Budget, titled “The Path to Prosperity.” The GOP budget plan calls for substantial reforms to the traditional Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as the complete repeal of President Obama’s signature legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. MEDICARE According to the proposal, for individuals currently under the age of 55, beginning in 2023, senior citizens would receive a government subsidy whereby they would have the choice Continue reading →

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House and Senate Conferees Reach Deal on FDA Bill This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate conferees reached an agreement on the five-year reauthorization of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. While the bill encompasses a broad range of issues related to the FDA and its user fee programs, the following activity summary may be of interest to state medical boards. The final agreed upon version of the bill: * Requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Continue reading →

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President Obama Proposes U.S. Budget for FY 2013 This week, President Barack Obama released his $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2013, sparking a war of words between Democrats and Republicans as the Presidential and Congressional election season kicks into full swing. The President’s proposed budget requests $76.4 billion in discretionary funding for the Department of Health and Human Services ($300 million above the 2012 funding level) with significant resources allocated for the implementation of the President’s signature legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Continue reading →