Current Topics

The SDSMA supports physicians and patients through advocacy on critical issues. Learn more about our current advocacy priorities. See our 2024 Advocacy Agenda.

    Pain Management & Prescription Drug Abuse

The problem of prescription drug abuse and its related health consequences is a significant public health problem.
The SDSMA is at the forefront on this issue by providing physicians with helpful, evidence-based guidelines for prescribing opiate analgesics to both effectively treat pain and minimize patient risk.  Learn More

   Dobbs Decision

The SDSMA supports physician and patient autonomy in the provision of evidence-based medical services. The SDSMA's position remains that an abortion is a personal health and medical decision to be made by a qualified physician and patient. SDSMA physician leadership and attorneys continue to monitor the legal situation. Learn More

    No Surprises Act

The No Surprises Act took effect in early 2022. Among many other reforms, the act protects patients from surprise medical billing in certain situations and creates a process for physicians and health insurance companies to settle payment amounts. Learn More

  Physician Wellness

South Dakota physicians seeking support for their health and well-being now have a confidential and professional resource. The South Dakota Physician Well-Being Program is a responsive, high-quality program for physicians and residents that offers confidential, individualized support services and resources.  Learn More


Medicaid is a state and federally funded health care program that provides essential health care services to low-income patients. The SDSMA supported the ballot measure that expanded Medicaid in South Dakota. Without Medicaid, thousands more South Dakotans would be uninsured. Learn More


The SDSMA has advocated in support of physicians and practices in enhancing and expediting the implementation of telemedicine, so care can continue to be provided to those who need it most.   Learn More

South Dakota State Medical Association
2600 W 49th St Ste 100
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605.336.1965 | Fax: 605.274.3274

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