By Michael D. I. Siget, JD, MPA, PAMED’s Legislative & Regulatory Counsel
Another busy legislative session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly has drawn to a close. There were 275 bills passed and signed into law during the 2017-2018 session, and many of those laws affect health care in Pennsylvania.
Lawmakers focused significant attention on the opioid abuse crisis, passing legislation on the electronic prescribing of controlled substances, drug and alcohol recovery houses, and revisions to the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) law.
Other laws address a broad range of patient care issues – from emergency prescriptions to organ donation to mental health treatment. And, the bills signed by Gov. Wolf affect physicians who work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and practices.
In this member-exclusive “Bill on the Hill” overview, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) takes a closer look at 22 noteworthy health care bills signed into law in 2017 and 2018. We share details on provisions that have the potential to impact the daily practice of medicine in the commonwealth.
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You’ll find information on the following Pennsylvania laws:
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