Bills on the Hill: Health Care Laws Passed During Pennsylvania’s 2017-2018 Legislative Session

Last Updated: Nov 28, 2018

Mike-Siget-ThumbnailBy 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.

Get the Overview 

You’ll find information on the following Pennsylvania laws:

2017 Laws

  • Stroke System of Care Act (Act 4)
  • The Rare Disease Advisory Council (Act 14)
  • Signing Death Certificates by PAs (Act 17)
  • Right-to-Try Act (Act 33)
  • JUA Funding (Act 44)
  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Houses (Act 59)
  • Length of Stay in Ambulatory Surgical Centers (Act 70)
  • Revisions to the PDMP Law (Act 79)

Capitol-Day-article2018 Laws

  • Reporting of Sanctions and Criminal Proceedings (Act 6)
  • Emergency Prescriptions (Act 8)
  • Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics (Act 25)
  • Medical Marijuana Academic Clinical Research Centers (Act 43)
  • Reporting of Substance-Exposed Newborns (Act 54)
  • Disposal of Medications for Hospice or Home Health Care Patients (Act 69)
  • Updates to Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors Act (Act 76)
  • Anatomical Gifts (Act 90)
  • Prescribing Opioids to Minors, Cancer Clinical Trials, and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors (Act 93)
  • Electronic Prescriptions (Act 96)
  • Sun Protection Measures for Students (Act 105)
  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment Plans (Act 106)
  • Workers’ Compensation Impairment Rating Evaluations (Act 111)
  • Patient Access to Test Results (Act 112)

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