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Episode 043: Power to the Physicians

November 23, 2018

With host Brian Fortenberry, SVMIC Vice President of Corporate and Legal Sherie Edwards, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Tennessee Medical Association Yarnell Beaty, discuss medical legislation. When physicians get involved on Capitol Hill, it can really make a difference and turn the tide in legislation. They talk about how important it is to contribute to campaigns, get involved at the grassroots level, and establish relationships with elected officials so that physicians have a voice in what laws are being passed. Although the legislation discussed in this podcast episode was pending in 2018, the information regarding how you can become involved in the legislative process and why it is important is still valid today.


The contents of this Podcast are intended for educational/informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Policyholders are urged to consult with their personal attorney for legal advice, as specific legal requirements may vary from state to state and/or change over time. All names have been changed to protect privacy.

About our Guest

Sherie Edwards & Yarnell Beaty

Sherie L. Edwards is Vice President, Corporate & Legal, at State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company in Brentwood, Tennessee where she has responsibility for corporate legal, regulatory, and government relations activities. She has been with SVMIC for 20 years, starting as a Claims Attorney. She is Chair of the Medical Professional Liability Association’s Corporate Counsel Section, Immediate Past Chair of the ACC Small Law Department Network, a Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Medicine and Law committee, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Bar Association. Ms. Edwards is a Fellow of the American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Foundations. Yarnell Beatty joined the Tennessee Medical Association in 2001 as general counsel to the largest medical organization in Tennessee. In 2004, he was appointed to oversee TMA’s legal, government affairs, insurance, and eHealth departments. He was promoted to Vice President of Advocacy in 2013 and named Senior Vice President in 2017. He holds a seat on the Compliance Committee of the Physicians’ Advocacy Institute, Inc., the national entity charged with monitoring and enforcing the managed care class action settlements. In 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Tennessee Physicians’ Quality Verification Organization, LLC (TPQVO), a company that provides original source credentials verification for physicians and physician assistants. He was President of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel in 2013 and serves on the Executive Council of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section. Beatty holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta.

About our Host

Brian Fortenberry is Assistant Vice President of Underwriting at SVMIC where he assists in evaluating risk for the company and assisting policyholders with underwriting issues. He has been involved with medical professional liability insurance since 2007. Prior to his work at SVMIC, Brian worked in the clinical side of medicine and in broadcast media.

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