New York State AFP Adopts Multi-pronged Advocacy Efforts

8/8/2012
The latest AAFP News Now article highlights the advocacy successes of the New York State AFP in both the statehouse and the private sector.
 
The latest AAFP News Now article highlights the advocacy successes of the New York State AFP in both the statehouse and the private sector.

Although the New York State AFP was not able to completely derail the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP), which stands to create further administrative burdens for physicians, it was able to change the makeup of the bill to make it more palatable to family physicians.

For example, the original bill required physicians and pharmacists to consult the database and report on 15 different fields before being able to complete a prescription. That portion was deleted entirely in the final version of I-STOP.

In addition, the original language required that doctors and pharmacists do all of the data entry themselves, prohibiting other staff from being involved in the process altogether. That section was modified to permit physicians' and pharmacists' designees to use the system.

The New York State AFP has effected other behind-the-scenes changes, as well, such as convincing one key medical liability carrier in the state to agree to extend excess liability coverage to physicians who might otherwise be unable to procure it because of a statutory change implemented for fiscal year 2012-13. Chapter leaders now expect other liability carriers to follow suit.

Finally, the chapter worked to eliminate the extra waiting period that international medical graduates historically have had to undergo between completing residency and getting their medical licenses.

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