May 27, 2021, 10:00 AM
May 28 Is National Sunscreen Day: Here’s How Two PAMED Members Are Making a Difference
PAMED members Dr. Christie Regula and Dr. Justin Vujevich are making a difference in their community. The two dermatologists founded Sun Smart Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization that provides free, sensor-automated sunscreen dispensers with broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen to schools, parks, and community events.
May 27, 2021, 09:56 AM
COVID-19 Surge in India - What We Know So Far and What We Can Do
India is now facing a daunting task of battling the raging COVID-19 surge. What does this mean and how can we help our colleagues internationally?
May 25, 2021, 15:06 PM
PAMED Opposes Two Concerning Bills
On May 21, 2021, PAMED sent a letter to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee expressing opposition to two concerning Senate bills – Senate Bill 621 and Senate Bill 671.
May 25, 2021, 09:14 AM
Employer-Mandated COVID-19 Vaccinations: What Employers Need to Consider
In PAMED's Quick Consult, we answer questions such as: Can health care employers mandate vaccines? Are there exceptions? What policies do employers need to consider?
May 21, 2021, 15:10 PM
The Glatfelter Agency Offers Resources to Help Employers with Human Resources Issues Related to COVID-19
The Glatfelter Agency (TGA), PAMED's partner for a variety of insurance services, offers a wealth of resources to help employers navigate human resources challenges related to COVID-19 - including "The Employer's Guide to COVID-19: HR Toolkit."
May 21, 2021, 13:03 PM
MIPS Cost Performance Category Reweighted to Zero Due to Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic
In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 MIPS Cost performance category will be reweighted from 15 percent to 0 percent announced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on May 20, 2021.
May 20, 2021, 14:29 PM
Patients Remind Legislators to let ‘Providers Prescribe’ in Pennsylvania
On May 24, state Rep. Steven Mentzer (R, Lancaster) and Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill (R, York) along with patient advocates from across Pennsylvania will hosted a press conference to encourage legislators to prioritize HB 225 and SB 225. If passed, this legislation would curb restrictive prior authorization and step therapy (fail first) practices imposed by health insurers.
May 20, 2021, 13:50 PM
Telehealth During the COVID-19 Emergency: Guidance for Pennsylvania Physicians
Find telehealth information related to Medicare, HIPAA, Pennsylvania insurers, and more.
May 20, 2021, 13:20 PM
Pittsburgh Anesthesiologist Dr. Michael Best Receive Pennsylvania Medical Society Everyday Hero Award
Michael Best, MD, an anesthesiologist at UPMC Mercy, has been named PAMED’s Everyday Hero for May 2021.
May 20, 2021, 11:00 AM
Independent Regulatory Review Commission's Comments on Proposed Medical Marijuana Regulations Reiterate PAMED Concerns
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) has issued its comments on the proposed permanent regulations the Pa. Department of Health previously issued to replace its existing temporary regulations regarding medical marijuana.
May 20, 2021, 10:57 AM
What Do New Masking Guidelines Mean for Health Care Settings?
We’ve received a number of questions regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recently relaxed masking recommendations, and what they means for physician offices. As they don’t apply to health care settings, nothing changes in physician offices and other health care settings.
May 13, 2021, 12:20 PM
New HRSA Program Allows Providers to Be Reimbursed for Underinsured Patients
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has a program in place for providers to apply to be reimbursed for COVID-19-related testing, treatment, and vaccine administration fees for uninsured patients. It is now administering a similar program for provider reimbursement of vaccine administration fees for underinsured patients.
May 13, 2021, 11:24 AM
Recent Data Demonstrates Physician Commitment to the Opioid Crisis
Physicians continue to demonstrate their commitment to addressing the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania as evidenced by recent data shared at the April 27, 2021 ABC-MAP meeting.
May 13, 2021, 10:48 AM
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Fully Approved for Adolescents 12-15 Years Old
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adopted its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine be endorsed as safe and effective for adolescents ages 12-15.
May 13, 2021, 10:20 AM
Physicians’ Offices Encouraged to Join Expanding COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Network
This article was written by Pennsylvania Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson
May 6, 2021, 15:15 PM
Restrictive Covenants - Why It Should Matter to All Physicians Regardless of Practice Setting
All physicians – whether employed or independent – should speak up about this issue and encourage the legislature to pass House Bill 681.
May 6, 2021, 14:13 PM
Highlights from the May 5 PAMED Board of Trustees Meeting
The Pennsylvania Medical Society Board of Trustees met virtually on May 5, 2021. Here is a brief recap.
May 6, 2021, 12:10 PM
Guidance Specific to Second Dose of Two-Dose COVID-19 Vaccines
Recent guidance has come out specific to the second dose of your COVID-19 vaccine, if you’re getting a two-dose shot (i.e. Moderna or Pfizer). Here are some highlights.
May 6, 2021, 10:37 AM
New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines Remove Some Waiver Requirements When Treating Less Than 30 Patients
On April 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new buprenorphine practice guidelines. Among other things, the Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorder exempt eligible physicians and other health care providers from certain federal certification requirements
May 6, 2021, 10:30 AM
What You Need to Know about New Information Blocking Regulations
Compliance with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) information blocking regulations started April 5, 2021. PAMED has developed a Quick Consult for its members.