Home > Advocate > Topics > General your voice and advocate in Harrisburg and Washington D.C., PAMED works tirelessly to advance pro-physician and pro-patient legislation and regulation that improves and strengthens the physician-patient relationship. Impact Study: Pennsylvania Physicians Generate $77.3 Billion for State Economy <p>​<span><span>According to the AMA's 2018 Economic Impact Study, physicians have a significant, positive effect on the health of the U.S. economy,</span></span> including Pennsylvania.<br></p> Pulse: 2017 Pennsylvania Election Recap <p>Check out this 2017 Pa. election recap from The Pennsylvania Medical Political Action Committee (PAMPAC), the political arm of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.</p> Hot Topics in Pennsylvania Medicine for 2017: A Look Back and a Preview of What’s Ahead<p>​Another eventful year in Pennsylvania medicine is nearly in the books. Check out ten of the most popular Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) stories from 2017 that we’ll continue to keep a close eye on in 2018. </p>’s Medical Students Find Success at 2017 Poster Contest and Med Student Debates <p>The Medical Student Section (MSS) made their presence felt during PAMED's 2017 House of Delegates meeting. Here are updates from their poster contest and medical student debates.<br></p> Physicians Tackle Informed Consent, Scope of Practice, and More at 2017 PAMED House of Delegates County Physicians Talk Health Policy with Rep. Ryan Costello<p>​On Oct. 6, 2017, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello met with Berks County Medical Society physicians participating in a series of meetings with policy makers as part of the Berks CMS Physician Advocacy Academy.</p> from Pa.’s Early Career Docs: Building Career and Family, Finding a Voice<p>Members of PAMED's Early Career Physician Section shared some of their joys and occasional frustrations with a life in medicine and explained what inspires them to get involved with organized medicine.<br></p> Consent, Prior Authorization, and More: Updates from PAMED’s Board of Trustees Meeting<p>​PAMED and medical specialty leaders met in Harrisburg on Aug. 15-16, 2017, to address some of the health care hot topics affecting physicians and patients in the state.</p> Care, MOC, Docs on Health Care Boards, Open Access Journals: Updates from the Annual AMA-HOD <p>The Pennsylvania Delegation played an integral role at the American Medical Association’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago, held on June 10-14, 2017. Find out about resolutions on out-of-network care, maintenance of certification, and more.<br></p> Patient Choice Act Introduced in U.S. House<p>​Here's a closer look at the Audiology Patient Choice Act of 2017, introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) on May 1, 2017.<br></p>’s All about Relationship Building – Takeaways from PAMED’s Advocacy Day 2017<p>​A lively contingent of Pennsylvania Medical Society physicians, residents, and medical students converged on the Capitol in Harrisburg on May 23, 2017. Here are some highlights of the event. <br></p> Rep. Mark Mustio Talks Health Care Legislation with PAMED and Medical Specialty Physician Leaders <p>​Pa. Rep. Mark Mustio met with PAMED and state specialty society leaders in Harrisburg on May 16, 2017. Following Rep. Mustio’s visit, PAMED’s Board of Trustees met on May 16-17. Here are some highlights of the issues discussed.<br></p> Federal Bill Seeks to Increase Residency Slots and Address Physician Shortages<p>​The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017, a bill introduced in the U.S. House on May 1, 2017, aims to address the projected physician shortage in both primary and specialty care.  </p> POLST Helps Physicians, Patients with End-of-Life Care Decisions <p>Plans for legislation on Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) were announced during an event at the Capitol on April 18, 2017. Representatives from several of the stakeholder groups involved in drafting the legislation, including PAMED, were also on hand. </p> to Allow 24-Hour Shifts for First-Year Residents Again<p>​The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced that, effective July 1, 2017, first-year medical residents will again be allowed to work 24-hour shifts in hospitals, plus up to four hours to manage care transitions. </p> Medical Licensure Compact on Hold in Pennsylvania <p>On March 21, 2017, the State Board of Medicine received an update on the status of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The update focused on an issue regarding obtaining the FBI background check that is one of the requirements to obtain an expedited license to practice in another state.<br></p><span></span> Authorization, Health Care Reform, Drug Costs, and More at AMA National Advocacy Conference <p>PAMED physician leaders attended the National Advocacy Conference hosted by the American Medical Association (AMA) in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 27-March 1, 2017.</p> Look at Two New National Physician Advocacy Groups<p>​Here's a quick look at two new national physician advocacy groups. <br></p>'s Regulatory Update<p>​Stay up to date on new regulations that impact your practice from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of State.</p>Physicians;# Advocate Newsletter<p>​The Physician Advocate newsletter keeps members you up to date on the Pennsylvania Medical Society's advocacy efforts. See past issues.</p> Tracker - Stay Current On Health Care Legislation in Pennsylvania<p>​The Pennsylvania General Assembly introduces hundreds of bills that impact health care in our state every two-year session. The Pennsylvania Medical Society staff tracks all of those bills.</p>

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