Apr 13, 2021, 11:11 AM
York County Medical Society Seeking COVID-19 Vaccination Volunteers
The York County Medical Society is working closely with WellSpan to obtain volunteers to help with COVID-19 vaccinations. Local physicians who are interested can sign up to be part of the Hope Squad here.
Apr 13, 2021, 10:56 AM
FDA and CDC Issue Joint Statement Recommending Pause of the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
On April 13, 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Health notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers to pause administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine until at least April 20. This comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution, following six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving this vaccine.
Apr 12, 2021, 10:00 AM
Answers to Physician FAQs on DEA Registration, Renewal, and Reporting
Registration with the DEA is necessary for physicians and other health care practitioners to write prescriptions for controlled substances. Check out these FAQs on the process.
Apr 8, 2021, 14:58 PM
Prior Authorization and the COVID-19 Pandemic Causing Even More Patient Care Delays and Treatment Abandonment
There has been little relief from this decades-old problem for physicians and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. New physician survey data from the American Medical Association is proof.
Apr 8, 2021, 12:51 PM
Restrictive Covenants Legislation Advances in Pa. House
On April 7, 2021, House Bill 681 was approved by the House Health Committee. The PAMED Board will be reviewing the language of the legislation to determine if it is a bill that we can support, ensuring that the legislation considers both small independent and employed physicians.
Apr 8, 2021, 11:40 AM
New Rules Regarding Information Blocking Take Effect
Compliance with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) information blocking regulations started April 5, 2021.
Apr 1, 2021, 14:39 PM
State Board of Medicine Extends MD License Renewal Deadline to 4/30/2021
The State Board of Medicine (Board) has extended the license renewal deadline from the previously extended deadline of March 31, 2021 to April 30, 2021. The Board states that this will be the final extension for these licensees.
Mar 29, 2021, 14:26 PM
PAMED Creates Executive Summary of COVID-19 Vaccinator Executive Orders for Members
Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam has signed several Executive Orders related to COVID-19 vaccine providers. PAMED has prepared this Executive Summary for our members.
Mar 29, 2021, 10:32 AM
Ways to Get Involved in PAMED's IMG Section
There are several ways to get involved in PAMED's IMG Section. Find out how.
Mar 25, 2021, 09:57 AM
Legislation to Address Expedited Partner Therapy Advances Out of Senate Committee
On March 24, 2021, legislation to address Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), the process by which a physician will treat the partner of a patient who has contracted an STD/STI passed the Pa. Senate Health and Human Services Committee. PAMED supports this bill.
Mar 25, 2021, 09:52 AM
PAMED and Other Stakeholders Educate Legislators on CRNP Independent Practice Bill
Several stakeholders, including PAMED, recently sent a letter to the Pa. legislature regarding CRNP independent practice. In the letter, the organizations share how the nurses no longer support the pilot program agreed to last legislative session and are back full force advocating for SB 25, which would grant them independent practice in Pennsylvania. PAMED vehemently opposes SB 25.
Mar 24, 2021, 08:01 AM
Press Statement: Physicians Face Sea of Obstacles in Vaccinating Patients
Physicians, along with their colleagues in health care, have been the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year. Now that there are vaccines, they stand ready and willing to vaccinate the patients they’ve been caring for through this difficult time. It isn’t that easy, though. Many physicians’ offices face a slew of hurdles.
Mar 23, 2021, 14:06 PM
Erie Family Physician Wins March Everyday Hero Award
Kelli K. DeSanctis, DO, who practices as a family medicine physician at Millcreek Family Practice & Internal Medicine in Erie, has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) as an Everyday Hero.
Mar 19, 2021, 09:00 AM
Philadelphia Physician Wins February Everyday Hero Award
Rene Rothstein Rubin, MD, FACP, a hematologist and medical oncologist at Rittenhouse Hematology in Philadelphia, has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Medical Society as an Everyday Hero.
Mar 18, 2021, 14:35 PM
PREP Act Amendment and State Legislation Introduced to Expand COVID-19 Vaccinators
The latest PREP Act Amendment by the United States Department of Health and Human Services expands the list of eligible practitioners to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to include: Dentists, Emergency Medical Technicians (Advanced and Intermediate EMTs), Midwives, Optometrists, Paramedics, Physician Assistants, Podiatrists, Respiratory Therapists, and Veterinarians.
Mar 17, 2021, 10:36 AM
Bill to Allow Pennsylvania to Fully Participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Wins Approval in Pa. House
This bill, which PAMED supports, addresses concerns that have prevented Pennsylvania from fully participating in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
Mar 16, 2021, 17:12 PM
Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam Issues First Amendment to Order Regarding Vaccine Providers
This order will in essence require providers who have received first dose allocation vaccines in at least the past two weeks prior to March 16, 2021, to make every effort to schedule appointments for eligible individuals in Phase 1A who request an appointment, including individuals not in the providers’ current patient networks.
Mar 16, 2021, 12:39 PM
Pa. Legislature Introduces Bill Addressing Delegation of Informed Consent by Physicians
The bill aims to remedy the 2017 Pa. Supreme Court’s decision on the authority of a physician to delegate the task of obtaining a patient’s informed consent to another practitioner.
Mar 15, 2021, 13:37 PM
Bill to Ensure Licensure Parity for International Medical Grads Wins Approval in Pa. House
A bill to level the playing field for international medical graduates (IMGs) relative to medical licensure won committee approval in the Pa. House of Representatives on March 15, 2021.
Mar 15, 2021, 13:33 PM
Legislation to Allow Advisory Opinions from State Boards Introduced
Legislation introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would allow professional licensees to find out if an action is permissible by their state board before doing the action.