PAMED Advocacy Priorities




PAMED’s Board of Trustees identified these priority advocacy topics:


Insurer Credentialing for Physicians

PAMED supports a quicker, more streamlined credentialing process for physicians.

  • Legislation: House Bill 125.
  • Current Status: HB 125 passed the House on May 24, 2017. It now awaits consideration by the Senate.
  • Check out this PAMED article on noteworthy provisions of HB 125.

Team-Based Care

PAMED supports physician-led, team-based care that emphasizes increased coordination over provider autonomy.

  • Legislation: PAMED strongly opposes Senate Bill 25, which allows CRNPs to practice independently and eliminates the requirement that they collaborate with physicians.
  • Current Status: SB 25 was voted out of the Senate on April 26, 2017, and is now in the House Professional Licensure Committee. 

Prior Authorization

Current prior authorization process with insurance companies lacks transparency and long wait times jeopardize patient outcomes.

  • Legislation: PAMED supports legislation that streamlines prior authorization process with insurance plans.
  • Current Status: HB 1293 was introduced on April 26, 2017 and is now in the House Insurance Committee.

Telemedicine

If properly regulated, telemedicine has the potential to improve patient access to care.

  • Legislation: PAMED will support legislation that maintains the physician-patient relationship and enables telemedicine services to be reimbursed the same as in-person patient encounters.
  • Current Status: SB 780 was introduced on June 22, 2017, and is now in the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

Pennsylvania Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

POLST would help individuals determine personal end-of-life decisions regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other medical interventions.

  • Legislation: PAMED will support legislation that provides a framework and legal authority for POLST.
  • Current Status:

    Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-100th District) and Senator Gene Yaw (R-23rd District) announced plans to introduce POLST legislation at a press conference on April 18, 2017.

Opioid Abuse Crisis

The opioid abuse crisis continues to impact Pennsylvania, and PAMED will support commonsense legislation that allows physicians to determine the best course of action for patients.

  • Legislation: Numerous bills have already been introduced, including House Bill 288, which would require insurance plans cover abuse-deterrent opioids.
  • Current Status: HB 288 was referred to House Insurance Committee on Feb. 2, 2017.
  • Click here  to read PAMED’s statement of support for HB 288