On Aug. 29, 2017, representatives from the Pennsylvania
Medical Society (PAMED) joined many of our colleagues from medical specialties,
including several state hospital-based specialties, at a meeting in Harrisburg
hosted by the staff of the House Health Committee. Medical specialties
in attendance included the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, the Pennsylvania
Radiological Society, the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians, the
Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology, and the Pennsylvania Society
The meeting featured discussion on
HB 1553, one of the out-of-network billing (often referred to as “surprise” billing) pieces of proposed legislation that
PAMED has been following. Additional stakeholders at the meeting included
representatives of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania,
the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, and insurers.
The Health Committee staff
listened as concerns were shared about the bill – including the arbitration
process, how fair and equitable compensation for providers would be determined,
and how notification to patients should be managed.
PAMED will continue to work with
and support the specialties as we work with the legislature on this issue. In
its current form, PAMED opposes this legislation.