Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) Tuesday appointed State Representative Bryan Terry, MD (R-Murfreesboro) to the Tennessee Maintenance of Certification Task Force.
This task force was created with the passage of House Bill 413 sponsored by House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) during the 2017 legislative session. It consists of three members each from both the House and Senate who will review the State of Tennessee's overall medical board certification process for providers, as well as the maintenance of certification by hospitals, insurance companies, and all entities that credential the state's physicians.
Additionally, the task force will make recommendations to the House Health Committee and Senate Commerce and Labor Committee for improving the current process and review alternatives that can be created to replace maintenance of certification, including a revision of continuing medical education.
"Representative Terry's knowledge and expertise in the health care industry will make him a tremendous asset to this special task force whose work will streamline our state's health care certification process," said Speaker Harwell. "The dedication and diligence of my colleagues in this important area will have a tremendous benefit for patients, providers, and physicians in communities throughout Tennessee."
"It is an honor to be appointed to this important task force by Speaker Harwell," said Representative Terry. "As a licensed physician, I understand that the proper certification, training, and education can make all the difference when it comes to providing the best care possible for citizens across our community and state. Our work on the Maintenance of Certification Task Force will ensure that the safety of our patients won't be jeopardized while protecting the rights and practices of providers."
Explaining the need for the task force, Terry stated, "The current process places undue and unnecessary requirements on some physicians while placing other physicians under a completely different set of standards. This creates a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. This task force should look to rectify this injustice while improving access and quality."
For more information about House Bill 413/Public Chapter No. 438, please visit the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://publications.tnsosfiles.com/acts/110/pub/pc0438.pdf
Bryan Terry, MD serves as Chairman of the House Health Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Health and House Civil Justice Committees. Terry lives in Murfreesboro and represents House District 48, which is the eastern half of Rutherford County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Bryan.Terry@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-2180.