Why doctors back state COVID-19 vaccine mandates for health care

Physicians are voicing their support for state efforts to require that doctors and other health professionals get vaccinated to protect themselves, their loved ones and their patients from the worst outcomes of COVID-19.

In particular, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently implemented such a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the health care industry in the Empire State. The AMA joined with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to strongly support the governor’s efforts.

“The path to ending the pandemic must be based on science, and vaccination is an indispensable part of the solution,” says a joint statement from AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, and MSSNY President Joseph R. Sellers, MD.

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How latest surprise-billing rule entrenches health insurers’ power

The Biden administration has issued a second interim final rule (IFR) to implement the No Surprises Act that takes effect in January, but unfortunately it represents an undeserved gift to the insurance industry that will reduce health care options for patients.

The IFR “ignores congressional intent and flies in the face of the Biden administration’s stated concerns about consolidation in the health care marketplace,” said AMA President Gerald A. Harmon, MD. “It disregards the insurance industry’s role in creating the problem of surprise billing at the expense of independent physician practices whose ability to negotiate provider network contracts continues to erode.”

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