The DCMA delegation meets with elected officials during the 2022 legislative session in Tallahassee.
February 18 – The Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) recently traveled to Tallahassee to promote several health care initiatives that have been prioritized by the DCMA Board of Directors to support our member physicians and their patients.
The Dade County Medical Association delegation included DCMA President Jose David Suarez, MD; DCMA President-Elect Rafael Fernandez, MD; DCMA Vice President, Carmel Barrau, MD; Outgoing DCMA President, Rudy Moise, DO; Jeffrey Block, MD; Raul Grosz, MD; DCMA Executive Director, Fraser Cobbe and Managing Director, Angel Bosch. The delegation held 20 meetings with senators and representatives of the Miami-Dade delegation during which they discussed issues that will impact the practice of medicine and patients in the State of Florida.
The DCMA advocated for the following bills:
- Invalid covenants in health care (SB 842 Embroiderer & HB 1449 )
- Emergency medical treatment for minors (SB 1114 Bradley and HB 817)
- Loan forgiveness for physicians practicing in critical areas
- COVID-19 Physician Liability Exemption Extended (SB 7014 Judiciary and HB 7021 Health & Human Services), approved by the Florida Senate and House of Representatives, and is ready for signature by Governor Ron DeSantis.
- Telehealth Practice Standards (SB 312 Diaz & HB 17 Fabricio)
- Step therapy (SB 730 Harrell & HB 459 Wilhite)
Additionally, as part of this visit, the DCMA was proud of the recognition received by Rafael Fernandez, MD President-Elect and Antonio Mesa, DO Past-President who were sponsored as Doctor of the Day in the Florida Senate and the House of Representatives during the visit of the DCMA Delegation.
If you want to learn more about the 2022 DCMA Legislative Session Advocacy Day, visit https://www.facebook.com/dadecountymed and join DCMA Executive Director Fraser Cobbe for Monday Morning Rounds, an initiative launched by the organization to provide a summary. of the major legislative action unfolding in Tallahassee.
The DCMA is the organization of choice for physicians advocating for patients and the quality and sustainability of the practice of medicine. Its mission is to support its members in all aspects of the practice of medicine; serve physicians and their patients by establishing and promoting ethical, educational, and clinical standards for the medical profession, and uphold the highest principle of all, the integrity of the patient/physician relationship.