BREAKING NEWS
Events Calendar

Announcements

Governor Bullock Recipient of 2021 MMA Award of Merit; Physician Leaders Recognized at Annual Meeting:

The Montana Medical Association (MMA) today announced Governor Steve Bullock as the recipient of the 2021 Award of Merit and awarded two physicians for their significant contributions to improving health care in the state of Montana.

 
Read More...

Montana Health Care Leadership Program Graduates 2021 Class; Recruitment open for 2022:

The Montana Medical Association (MMA) announced today that 11 health care professionals graduated from the 2021 Healthcare Excellence in Leadership Program (HELP) on Saturday, September 18.

 
Read More...

Medical and Nursing Community of Montana Unites to Urge Vaccination, Masking as COVID-19 Cases Rise Statewide:

Montana medical and nursing organizations representing thousands of health care practitioners across the state united to urge Montanans to protect themselves and their communities by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask as COVID-19 cases continue to r  
Read More...


MMA Files Suit to Protect Montana Physician Offices, Fight for the Safety of Patients:

The Montana Medical Association along with other organizations and individuals, filed suit in Missoula Federal District Court on September 22, 2021, challenging House Bill 702 as it applies to Montana’s physicians and hospitals.

 
Read More...

Montana Medical Association Selects Leadership for 2021/2022:

The Montana Medical Association (MMA) announced today that its Board of Trustees has selected a new slate of officers to lead the Association through September 2022, with Carley C. Robertson, M.D., a general practice physician from Havre, taking the he  
Read More...


Medical and Nursing Community of Montana Issues Statement Following Announcement of DPHHS Emergency Rule on Masking in Schools :

The medical and nursing community of Montana stands behind the clear research and science showing the widespread use of masks in schools can effectively reduce COVID-19 transmission as part of a layered public health approach to provide a safe learning  
Read More...


Montana Medical Association Foundation Selects Officers for 2021/2022:

The Montana Medical Association Foundation announced today that its Board has selected a new slate of officers to lead the Foundation through August 2022, with William S. Gallea, M.D., a Lewistown emergency medicine physician, taking the helm as Presid  
Read More...


Announcements and Upcoming Events

 

 

 

09-23-2022
MMA Files Suit to Protect Montana Physician Offices, Fight for the Safety of Patients

The Montana Medical Association along with other organizations and individuals, filed suit in Missoula Federal District Court on September 22, 2021, challenging House Bill 702 as it applies to Montana’s physicians and hospitals.

The MMA today released the following statement following the filing of the complaint:

+++++

The Montana Medical Association is joining this lawsuit to restore a physician’s ability to protect the safety of their vulnerable patients when providing needed medical services. As written, HB 702 jeopardizes physicians’ ability to maintain best practices now in place for protecting patients and staff from vaccine-preventable diseases.

HB 702, passed in the final days of the 2021 Legislative session, directly prohibits physician offices from following long-held evidence-based practices that create the safest environment possible for our patients and employees. This includes the ability to take reasonable mitigation steps if an employee has not been vaccinated for infectious diseases, such as rubella, smallpox, polio, whooping cough, measles, mumps, and others.

The most ill come through physician office doorways to receive medical care. House Bill 702 has put in place a barrier to observing proven infection prevention and control measures that reduce the risks posed to employees, patients, and visitors and prevent the transmission of infectious diseases. It legislates and infringes upon the practice of medicine by Montana’s private physician offices and impedes on the independent medical judgment of physicians across our state. Other locations of care were provided exemptions or exceptions under this bill, but not physicians’ offices.

HB 702 substantially impacts medical providers in a way we believe was not the intent of the legislation. Therefore, we are challenging it in court to ensure physicians can return to doing what is in the best interest of their patients by preventing the spread of crippling and life-threatening diseases within the very location where medical care is sought.

To be clear, HB 702, while passed in the context of COVID-19, has wide-ranging impacts outside of the current pandemic. This suit is challenging the impact HB 702 is having on physician offices providing quality, safe health care to patients. It is about protecting patients and staff in doctor’s offices and clinics across Montana.


  

 

View all news