The Medical Society and TMA advocate on behalf of Tennessee physicians to pass public policy and legislation that improves the practice of medicine, both at the state and federal level, and benefits patient care for all Tennesseans.
We are the only statewide organization representing physicians from every medical specialty. We encourage physicians to become advocates for their profession and learn the legislative process.
Organized Medicine Works
The Tennessee Medical Association and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society are dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness and well-being of members while protecting the health care interests of patients. We are strongest when we work together and when organized medicine represents all doctors, regardless of specialty differences, practice affiliation or political parties. We are the only unified group in Tennessee fighting for doctors.
Liability Reform. Since TMA’s 2008 Medical Liability Reform Law went into effect there have been 50% fewer lawsuits filed in Tennessee. Fewer lawsuits have led physicians to spending 20 to 50% less on their liability insurance premiums. TMA, local medical societies, and our members led the charge to reform our medical liability system and the first significant reforms in decades were signed into law in 2008. In 2009, we also passed a bill to provide privileged status to peer review done by medical groups. In 2011, we won caps on non-economic damages in malpractice lawsuits. This victory was the result of a long-term fight in the Tennessee General Assembly.
The fight to maintain a favorable liability system is ongoing. Every year new legislation is introduced to chip away at these reforms, but organized medicine remains alert and active to preserve this progress.
The number of critical topics in TMA’s On-Line Law Guide. The Guide is continually updated on legal topics that impact the practice of medicine. Added to access to TMA’s excellent legal division where members can pose medico-legal, regulatory, or practice management issues, these resources more than recoup the value of your dues. In addition, members can get discounted rates on contract review.
The number of Chattanooga physicians who receive Liability Protection for Charity Care they provide through Project Access and Volunteers in Medicine. In 2007 the Governor signed the Medical Society’s legislation that provides liability protection (except in cases of gross negligence) to physicians who provide charity health care through organized programs, such as Project Access. For information, call Tonya Williams or Rae Bond at 423-622-2872.
Instances of positive media coverage of the profession of medicine generated by the Medical Society’s ongoing work with the media and efforts to increase public understanding of medicine through programs like Mini-Internships and the Youth Leadership Forum, Project Access, and other community health initiatives. Members are invited to submit articles to our weekly“Ask the Doctor”column in the local daily newspaper.
IMPACT is a non-partisan, independent political action committee established by the Tennessee Medical Association aimed at the election and retention of pro-medicine candidates.
The IMPACT Committee consists of nine physician members (one from each Tennessee Congressional District), three physician at-large committee members (one from each Grand Region – West, Middle, East), plus one TMA Alliance (TMAA) member and one Tennessee Medical Group Management Association (TMGMA) member. In addition, the committee may include one Young Physician Section representative, one resident and one student representative. All appointments to the IMPACT Committee are made by the TMA Board of Trustees.
The committee is responsible for reviewing and approving campaign contributions with advice from TMA lobbyists regarding how legislators vote on Capitol Hill and whether they are supportive of physician healthcare issues. IMPACT contributions are given to legislators who are friendly to medicine and sit on important committees and/or hold leadership roles.
Voice your opinion today!
Many times, we are confronted with issues that affect our medical practice or our patients. Do you want to voice your opinion? If so, you can write your state Senator or Representative and let them know how you stand on the issue at hand. Please refer to the address prompt below for more information on how you can contact your legislators.