Tennessee Medical Association names new president

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The largest professional association for physicians in Tennessee has a new leader.

Dr. Keith Anderson was appointed president of the Tennessee Medical Association. Dr. Anderson said he hopes to guide legislation that helps patients safety and quality of care.

“One of the big issues we’ve been working on for the last few years in the prescription opioid abuse in the state, which still remains a big problem,” said Dr. Anderson. “The Tennessee Medical Association has been very instrumental in leading those efforts to curtail that by putting in new guidelines for prescriptions, by educating our physicians about prescriptions and by guiding the controlled substance database that we’ve been using. We’ve made progress, but there is still more to do.”

On average, the Tennessee General Assembly files 300 pieces of legislation each year that affect the healthcare industry. The organization, made up of 800 physicians across the state, said they give physicians a platform to give legislators the most accurate picture of how issues really affect the practice of medicine in Tennessee on a day-to-day basis.

Tennessee Medical Association is open to all medical doctors or doctors of osteopathy licensed to practice in Tennessee. For more information on how to get involved, visit tnmed.org.

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