PAMED Advocacy Priorities

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

Insurer Credentialing for Physicians

A quicker, more streamlined credentialing process could enable qualified physicians to see patients sooner.

  • Legislation: PAMED supports House Bill 125.
  • Current Status: HB 125 moved out of the House Health Committee on April 4, 2017, and is awaiting a vote from the full House. 

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 Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee on April 18, 2017, and now awaits a vote from the full Senate. 
  • Click here to urge your Senator to oppose SB 25. 

Prior Authorization

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

  • Legislation: PAMED will support legislation that streamlines prior authorization process with insurance plans.
  • Current Status: Legislation has yet to be introduced in 2017-18 session.
  • Act Now: Click here to contact your House member and ask him/her to sign onto legislation as co-sponsor. 


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 face-to-face patient encounters.
  • Current Status: Legislation has yet to be introduced in 2017-18.

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: PAMED sent a letter on Feb. 24, 2017, to ask Pennsylvania lawmakers to co-sponsor the POLST bill.
  • Click here  to read more details

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