Last Updated: Mar 20, 2019
By Michael D. I. Siget, JD, MPA, PAMED’s Legislative & Regulatory Counsel
With the start of a new legislative session, numerous bills have been filed that may affect physicians across the Commonwealth. In Part I of Bills on the Hill, we will focus on: immunizations by pharmacists; continuing education for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases; informed consent for vaccinations; credentialing; restrictive covenants not to compete for employees of purely public charities; and non-compete clauses in physician contracts.
If you are interested in following the progress of these bills and other legislation that the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has designated as high priority, you can do so by linking to PAMED’s new Legislative Update webpage. You can read more about this new feature here.
You can read Part 2 of this Bills on the Hill article, in which we focus on telemedicine; any willing providers; tiered providers; CRNPs; POLST; CRNAs; assault against a health care practitioner; and optometrists, here.
I agree with PAMED's opposition to both bills regarding immunization.
HB 91 Pharmacists who administer vaccines are NOT the ones who have to field phone calls about reactions at all odd hours of the day ; and physicians may not know exactly what was given when receiving the calls. Most pharmacies do send records but those are not received and doses logged in in the first 12-24 hrs. when most calls would come in. This is also very antithetical to the Patient Centered Medical Home concept.
HB 286 Likewise, I will NOT accept restrictions on my ability to prevent "non-vaxxers" from exposing my immuno-compromised and newborn patients to preventable diseases. Educated persons who make good decisions about their childrens' healthcare should not bear the burden of others' poor choices.
Holly Hoffman, MD
Carlisle Pediatric Assoc.
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