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B.A. in Political Science and Doctor of Law from Emory University

While Lobbyist, Lawyer and CEO for state medical association led the nation in physician advocacy legislation that:

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Set Prompt Pay Standards for Insurance Companies - the toughest in the nation

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Made Georgia the 2nd state to enact HMO Liability laws that permit patients to hold health plans liable for negligent coverage decisions.  Also created an independent review of coverage denials, and established a clinical definition of "medically necessary"

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Developed one of the earliest Patient Protection laws upon which the Federal bill is based

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Passed choice of Physician law

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Established a separate Board of Medicine

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Held back non-physician scope of practice to one of most restrictive in country

While Legislative Aide developed, wrote, and passed legislation that:

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Created the Peach Program, one of the first welfare reform bills that requited welfare recipients to work or go to school

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Created an outpatient involuntary commitment program for the mentally ill

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Allowed for generic substitution of drugs

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Allowed for the sterilization of the mentally retarded

Orchestrated strategy that created Provider Service Organizations in Georgia

Orchestrated over   $1,000,000 in grants for physician education and government and public education

Developed position statement for Supreme Court Ruling on Albany Urology v. Cleveland

Aided Governors in appointing members of several state agency boards

Increased value of MAG Foundation from $25,000 to over $20 million in present value and future receivables

Protected physician Medicaid payments to among the highest in nation

 

     

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 07/27/04