A long and winding road
18 February 2011
By MSV President Cynthia C. Romero, M.D., FAAFP
What a road we’ve journeyed together to bring us to this point in time when we are asking Gov. Bob McDonnell to sign bills addressing Virginia’s medical malpractice cap and the Johnson v. Riverside case.
Reaching this point is a signal to legislators and to stakeholders across the state that the house of medicine will stand together and work relentlessly to help ensure that Virginia has a sound health care environment for both physicians and patients.
Passage of these bills through the House of Delegates and Senate is a reminder to us that when we come together in the spirit of compromise and collaboration with other stakeholders we can accomplish great things together. The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) is well positioned to lead the way in the future in similar efforts to bring about meaningful advancements toward making Virginia the best place to practice medicine and receive care.
Today, MSV, along with 11 state specialty societies sent a letter to Gov. McDonnell
encouraging him to sign bills that will stabilize Virginia’s medical malpractice cap for the next 20 years and protect peer review and quality assurance documents from discovery in litigation proceedings. This letter is a formal representation of what we have worked tirelessly to effectively facilitate – the power of physicians working together.
Each year we see physicians of varying specialties come together at MSV’s Legislative Summit, during MSV’s White Coats on Call Days, and for special occasions like the April 2010 MSV board of directors meeting which focused on the medical malpractice cap.
Staff from MSV, specialty societies and other health care interests engage with each other in the same manner through the weekly lobbyist lunches during which they share information, dialogue and strategize about legislation that impacts the practice of medicine and the health of Virginia’s citizens.
We have come quite far together. As we move forward, the horizon for collaborative opportunities is vast and bright. Thank you to each of you who have walked with us and helped to make these accomplishments possible. Join me in the celebration of these successes for MSV, our profession and our patients.
See you on the next leg of the journey.