Jan 21, 2021, 09:50 AM
Medicare Advanced APM Participation Updated by 2020 Law
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020, included an extensive number of provisions aiming to ease burdens as the country continues to struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the directives included in the legislation freezes the minimum thresholds for qualifying participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs) in the Quality Payment Program.
Jan 20, 2021, 19:13 PM
Patients Over Paperwork Initiative Prompts New Rule on Prior Authorization
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized a new rule on Jan. 15, 2021 regarding the prior authorization process which builds on the concept of interoperability.
Jan 19, 2021, 16:23 PM
STATEMENT: PAMED Congratulates Dr. Rachel Levine’s Assistant Secretary of Health Nomination By President-Elect Biden
PAMED issued the following statement regarding Dr. Rachel Levine's nomination to assistant secretary of health by President-Elect Joe Biden.
Jan 19, 2021, 16:21 PM
STATEMENT: PAMED Continues to Advocate for Prioritization of All Frontline Health Workers for the COVID-19 Vaccine
PAMED issued the following statement regarding the recent update of DOH's interim vaccination plan.
Jan 15, 2021, 10:08 AM
Pa. Dentistry Board Regulations Allow Dental Hygienists to Practice in Specified Physician Offices
Final-form regulations by the State Board of Dentistry expanding the practice sites of public health dental hygiene practitioner (PHDHPs) to include certain physician offices were published in the Jan.16, 2021 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. These regulations took effect immediately upon publication.
Jan 14, 2021, 12:27 PM
Waiver Issued by Gov. Wolf Regarding Role of Pharmacists in COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout
Gov. Wolf has approved a waiver, requested by the Pennsylvania Department of State, that temporally suspends the requirement that pharmacist administration of injectable medications, biologicals and immunizations be done only under either an order or written protocol.
Jan 13, 2021, 13:26 PM
Federal Appeals Court Rejects Plans for Supervised Injection Site, Re-hearing Denied
Following the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s Jan. 2021 decision, a petition for rehearing was filed. This petition for rehearing has been denied by the court.
Jan 8, 2021, 16:16 PM
Pa. Department of Health Updates Interim Vaccination Plan
On Jan. 8, 2021, the Pa. Department of Health announced that it has updated its Interim Vaccination Plan to align with new Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations.
Jan 7, 2021, 13:30 PM
Understanding How to Apply CME Credits With the MD License Renewal Extension
The license renewal deadline for MD licensees has been extended to March 31, 2021. We've been getting questions from MDs regarding how to apply CME credits with this extension. This article provides clarification.
Dec 30, 2020, 02:02 AM
STATEMENT: PAMED Applauds Department of Health’s First Step to Vaccinate Independent Physicians
Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, announced today an order that directs hospitals, federally qualified health centers, and pharmacies to designate 10 percent of their COVID-19 vaccines for physicians and other health care workers in practices not affiliated with large systems.
Dec 23, 2020, 11:30 AM
Pa. Supreme Court Holds That Physicians Cannot Be Held Liable under the Mental Health Procedures Act for Harm Caused by Mentally ill Patient
On Dec. 22, 2020, in a 6-1 decision, the Pa. Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against the doctors who did not take steps to involuntarily commit a man who killed one person and injured others in a March 2012 shooting at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic cannot go forward.
Dec 23, 2020, 11:02 AM
2020 HOD Proceedings and Final Actions Now Available
Get the final HOD proceedings and final actions from the 2020 House of Delegate here.
Dec 22, 2020, 15:30 PM
DOS Waiver Authorizes Certain Practitioners to Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests
On Dec. 21, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of State issued a regulatory waiver, approved by Governor Wolf, that authorizes chiropractors, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, and podiatrists to order and administer COVID-19 tests for the duration of the current emergency declaration and an additional 90-days.
Dec 22, 2020, 11:26 AM
Reminder: Dec. 31, 2020 Is the Deadline to Review and Dispute Open Payments Data
The deadline to review and dispute 2019 Open Payments data is Dec. 31, 2020. While physician and teaching hospital review of the data is voluntary, it is strongly encouraged that you do so to ensure that records attributed to you are both accurate and complete.
Dec 22, 2020, 11:00 AM
Pa. to Enable Retired Health Care Professionals to Assist With COVID-19 Response
Get details on the changes.
Dec 22, 2020, 10:40 AM
DOS Licensure Changes in Response to COVID-19 Include Expedited Temporary Licensure for Out-of-State Practitioners
Pa. will allow expedited temporary licensure to practitioners who are licensed in other states so that they may provide health care services to Pennsylvanians for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.
Dec 17, 2020, 14:08 PM
HHS Begins Distribution of Phase 3 Provider Relief Funds
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Dec. 16, 2020 that it has completed its review of applications to the Phase 3 Provider Relief Fund (PRF) program and it will begin distributing $24.5 billion to more than 70,000 providers immediately. Distributions will continue into January 2021.
Dec 15, 2020, 12:50 PM
STATEMENT: PAMED Urges Congress to Go Back to the Drawing Board in Developing Solution to Surprise Billing
PAMED issued the following statement strongly urging Congress to go back to the drawing board and put together a more balanced surprise billing proposal – one that does not heavily favor insurers, diminish the essential role physicians play in delivering life-saving treatments, or reduce access to care.
Dec 12, 2020, 11:11 AM
Pa. Department of Health Publishes Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Plan; FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for First COVID-19 Vaccine
The Pa. Department of Health recently published its COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan. In addition, the FDA issued an EUA for the first COVID-19 vaccine.
Dec 10, 2020, 11:54 AM
Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal Challenging How Risk and Complication Evidence May Be Presented at Trial
On Dec. 10, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the plaintiffs in the case of Kirksey v. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh et al. Find out what this means.