Governmental Affairs

Register Today for the AMS Fall Meeting

Every two years, Arkansas Medical Society members meet to discuss medical issues that could be considered in the upcoming legislative session. All AMS members are invited to attend. This is a great opportunity to share your views on critical issues. Sign up today at the Zoom meeting link below!…

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Ballot Referendum Removed by Arkansas Supreme Court

On October 1, one month before the election, the Arkansas Supreme Court ended Safe Surgery Arkansas’ efforts to repeal, by public referendum, an optometry scope of practice expansion. We have enjoyed and appreciated the nationwide support from the House of Medicine. We are extremely disappointed and frustrated.  …

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Safe Surgery 2020 Campaign Ramps Up

The value of medical school and residency is under attack legislatively. Every legislative session, Arkansas physicians (as well as physicians in every other state) are faced with scope of practice legislation that threatens patient safety and devalues medical school and residency training. Safe Surgery Arkansas is a coalition…

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Advocacy in Action: What You Can Do Now

Over and over, surveys and focus groups reaffirm that AMS members see “advocacy” as the main reason for being a member. It is job #1 for AMS, no doubt … but what does advocacy really mean for you? For AMS, advocacy comes in different forms. Whether it’s at…

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Arkansas sets standard for states by removing prior authorization for treatment of opioid use disorder

The American Medical Association (AMA) and Arkansas Medical Society (AMS) commended Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas General Assembly for putting an end to senseless administrative barriers to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Signed into law this week, Arkansas Act 964 requires all health insurers and the…

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