Over the next two weeks, Center Maryland will be highlighting the winners from the 2022 Maryland General Assembly.
MedChi’s CEO, Gene Ransom, and their lobbying team put together some big wins over the session for Maryland’s docs and public health. The physicians’ efforts were highlighted in the final budget, but the real power was in working with the insurance industry and hospitals in passing complicated legislation that ensures that Maryland physicians have some of the strongest risk protections in the nation. The increased support for physicians and their patients in the budget was due in no small part to the work of Ransom. Restoring several Medicaid reimbursement codes to 100 percent of Medicare has been a work in progress for several years for the association after budget cuts decimated the reimbursements. And, like most health care providers in the state, addressing the workforce shortages was a point of emphasis, which MedChi scored a solid increase in funding for the Physician Loan Assistance Repayment Program to help recruit and retain physicians.