The Medical Association believes only physicians should establish medical standards and treatments. Each year during the legislative session, the Association successfully passes legislation beneficial to medicine in Alabama, as well as pushes back against proposals in the legislative and regulatory arenas on behalf of our members and their patients. This page will be updated throughout the 2019 legislative session in order to keep our members informed on the various legislation that could potentially impact their practice.
Legislative Priorities – Week Ending March 15, 2019
Physical Therapy Direct Access – HB50 & SB25
Under existing law, physical therapy may only be performed based on a referral from a licensed physician and others. HB 50 and SB 25 would eliminate the referral requirement entirely! Today, 47 state legislatures wisely maintain some type of limitations on the provision of physical therapy to prevent delaying appropriate medical care for patients and to prevent over-utilization, which could balloon Medicaid budgets and stick patients on commercial plans with expensive bills. By removing the referral requirement, patients will not receive a medical diagnosis, potentially receive unnecessary care, and ultimately be delayed in obtaining appropriate care. The Association opposes this legislation. Read HB50 & SB25
Elimination of Two-Line Prescription Law – HB33 & SB39
Under existing law, a written prescription issued in this state is required to have two signature lines, one designated “dispense as written” and one designated “product selection permitted” and an oral prescription requires the practitioner to specify whether a generic product may be dispensed. HB 33 and SB 39 could create new hassles and expenses for physicians and drastically change the way prescriptions are issued and dispensed. The Association opposes these bills. Read HB33 & SB39