PAMED Advocacy Priorities


 

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Informed Consent

Informed-Consent-PriorityPAMED support legislation that would allow qualified physicians to delegate their duty to obtain informed consent to another provider who has knowledge of the patient’s condition and the procedures to be performed.

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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. Read more

  • Legislation: PAMED supports legislation that streamlines prior authorization process with insurance plans.
  • Current Status: HB 1293 was introduced on May 1, 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 pass out of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Jan. 30, 2018, and awaits consideration in the full Senate.

Maintenance of Certification Reform

PAMED will explore possible legislative solutions to ensure that the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process is fair for all physicians.

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.

Drug Formularies

Pills_PrescriptionsUnder current law, insurers are not required to provide practitioners with drug alternatives when a drug prescription is denied for not being in the patient’s insurance drug formulary. As a result, physicians must expend time and resources to figure out what alternatives are available as part of a patient’s insurance coverage.

PAMED will explore legislative or regulatory opportunities to require that all insurers provide formulary alternates with similar mechanism of action at the time of a prescription denial.
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