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TCMS President's Letter - June 2023


As we are poised on the cusp of another Oklahoma Summer, please take a moment to remember how we longed for this sunshine a few months ago!

Still looming over our heads is the HIE (Health Information Exchange) mandate that is set to go into effect on July 1, 2023. Not only is this unfunded mandate creating significant financial burden on Oklahoma physicians, but also the questions surrounding data privacy is causing angst among all those concerned.

The OSMA conducted our Annual Meeting last month and here are the Resolutions that were adopted:

  • Memorial resolutions in Recognition of Drs. Preston Phillips and Stephanie Husen

  • Resolution to extend the rural physician workforce initiative for another three years

  • Resolution stating OSMA opposes marijuana use, either medical or recreational, until new studies can assess the safety and effectiveness of its use. This resolution also calls for labeling requirements prohibiting misleading health claims and requiring hazardous warning labels on all marijuana products

  • Resolution asking the AMA to draft model state legislation regarding marijuana advertising

  • Resolution advocating for the development and implementation of national guidelines to prevent violence in health care settings

  • Resolution supporting clarification of the “corporate practice of medicine” doctrine to state the practice of medicine does not include corporate entities and that employing hospitals or other entities should not interfere with the independent medical judgment of the physician

Additionally, we reaffirmed prior OSMA policy in support of the Medical Board recognizing the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NABPAS) as equivalent to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for the purpose of board certification.

As you can see, the House of Delegates (HOD) has been very busy working for the physicians in Oklahoma. If you have an interest in working alongside us and using your talents within TCMS or OSMA, please reach out and get involved. The decisions being made on your behalf and impacting your career could have so much more meaning if you were directly involved.

Have a joyous summer and enjoy some rest when you can!

Sharon Smallwood, MD



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