Informed Consent and MOC Are Part of a Full Agenda for PAMED Physician Leaders

Last Updated: May 2, 2019


Pictured, left to right: PAMED Vice President Michael DellaVecchia, MD; PAMED President Danae Powers, MD; House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler; PAMED President-Elect Lawrence John, MD; PAMED Immediate Past President Theodore Christopher, MD

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and informed consent were among the issues in a robust agenda for a meeting of Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) physician leaders on April 30-May 1, 2019.

Members of PAMED’s Board of Trustees participated in a Q&A session with Richard Hawkins, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). He updated physicians on MOC reform efforts.

Representative Bryan Cutler, Pa. House Majority Leader, also joined the group to answer questions on legislative issues like scope of practice and immunizations.

Here’s a look at some of the issues the Board addressed:

  • Maintenance of Certification – MOC remains one of PAMED’s advocacy priorities. We are committed to and will continue to advocate for practical, evidence-based, and affordable life-long learning. PAMED will continue to educate and introduce this issue to the Pennsylvania legislature.
  • Informed Consent – Progress has been made in our work with stakeholders on introducing legislation to allow a physician to delegate his or her duty to obtain informed consent to another qualified practitioner. Sen. John Gordner agreed to sponsor PAMED and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association’s (HAP) informed consent bill. The PAMED Board approved an amendment, suggested by Sen. Gordner, that would limit delegation to another physician, residents/fellows, PAs, CRNPs, and CRNAs. It is important to note that the bill would not require physicians to delegate their responsibility to obtain consent.
  • Hospital Regulations – The Pa. Dept. of Health may issue proposed hospital regulations this year. The proposal could address issues such as who may administer anesthesia without direct supervision of the operating physician or anesthesiologist. Get details here.
  • Recreational Marijuana – As recreational marijuana is being discussed across the state and nation, PAMED is being asked about our position. The PAMED Board has asked the Marijuana Task Force to study the issue and report its findings at the upcoming August Board meeting.
  • Member Directory – The board approved starting the process of creating a member directory so that members have a secure channel (with the ability to opt out) to contact one another.
  • Pennsylvania Physician Magazine – Currently, two print issues of the magazine, along with digital versions of each issue, are published per year. The Board voted to move to publishing one print/digital issue and one digital-only issue in 2020.

Keep in mind that this is a brief overview of just some of the many issues discussed during the Board of Trustees meeting. You can find the pre-meeting agenda here. Meeting minutes will be posted online and made available to members after they are approved by the Board at its August meeting.

At the meeting, Sherry Blumenthal, MD, MSEd, FACOG, was seated as the PAMED Women Physicians Section (WPS) Trustee after election by the membership. View the other WPS leadership election results here. These are interim positions until the WPS holds elections at the House of Delegates in October.

What's Next

PAMED’s Board of Trustees will meet next on Aug. 13-14, 2019 in Harrisburg. You can find out more about PAMED’s Board, including minutes from previous meetings, at


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