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2020 Legislative Recap *Click the button below to download a pdf version* COVID-19 Related Items Moving Medicine Forward in 2020 Scope Creep – Replacing Education with Legislation Beating Back the Lawsuit Industry Other Legislation of Interest

Honoring Dr. Jefferson Underwood

Long-time Montgomery physician and Medical Association member Jefferson Underwood III, M.D., was recently honored with two distinct awards. The Alabama Chapter American College of Physicians recognized Jefferson Underwood III, MD, FACP, as the 2020 Laureate Award recipient and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama presented Dr. Underwood with the 2020 Samuel Buford Word […]

Lights, Camera, Action…No!

By: Kelli Carpenter Fleming, Esq. The Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), the entity responsible for HIPAA compliance and enforcement, has issued a series of guidance documents regarding the interplay of HIPAA and the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent guidance serves as a reminder to health care providers to follow the requirements of HIPAA when speaking […]

Gov. Ivey Provides Physicians Liability Protections from COVID-19

Today, Gov. Ivey issued an executive order protecting physicians, their staff, and their practices from lawsuits related to COVID-19. The governor’s order, the eighth such supplemental emergency order issued by her administration since the pandemic began, provides a “safe harbor” for services affected by COVID-19 or Alabama’s response to the pandemic and from other COVID-19 […]

COVID-19 State Liability Protection Bill to Be Filed

Alabama State Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) is preparing to file a bill today to provide liability protection to physicians, health facilities and businesses from claims arising from COVID-19 and the state’s response to the pandemic.  “These are unprecedented times and the Legislature must take swift action to protect physicians and businesses from COVID-19 frivolous lawsuits,” […]

Senate Committee Keeps MMRC Funding in Reduced 2021 Budget

The Alabama Senate General Fund Committee met and approved a stripped-down 2021 budget that includes funding for the Maternal Mortality Review Committee.  MMRC has been a Medical Association priority this session, and we applaud the chairman and committee for funding this much-needed program. Just a few months ago, state leaders were optimistic the general fund […]