PAMED Advocacy Priorities

PAMED listened to the physician voice – your voice. A survey helped identify the advocacy issues most important to our membership and the Advocacy Task Force and the PAMED Board of Trustees approved PAMED's 2019 legislative priorities based on this clear feedback.

PAMED also will continue to address additional advocacy issues affecting Pa. physicians and patients as they arise.

You can check out the latest Advocacy News on our website by clicking here.

You can also view our Policy Compendium by clicking here.

Narrow Networks/Any Willing Provider
/Out-of-Network Billing


Patient protections from “surprise” and other out-of-network health care billings should begin by addressing the root cause of the problem — tiered and narrow health insurance provider networks as well as a lack of insurance product transparency. 

Team-Based Care

PAMED supports physician-led, team-based care that emphasizes increased coordination over provider autonomy.

  • Legislation: PAMED strongly opposes Senate Bill 25 and HB 100, which would allow certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) to practice independently, eliminating the requirement that they collaborate with physicians.

  • Current Status: SB 25 was passed by the full Senate, and now awaits consideration by the House Professional Licensure Committee. HB 100 also awaits consideration by the House Professional Licensure Committee.   

Prior Authorization

Current prior authorization process with insurance companies lacks transparency and long wait times jeopardize patient outcomes.

Click here to see how prior authorization delays in Pennsylvania hurt patients and physicians.

  • Legislation: Prior auth legislation has not yet been introduced this session; however, HB 1194 is expected to soon be introduced by Rep. Steven Mentzer. Urge your Rep. to co-sponsor this bill here. Read our statement here.

Physician Wellness

The problem of burnout and caregiver fatigue among physicians is real and immediate. According to the American Medical Association, the administrative burden of modern medicine is a root cause of physician burnout. 

PAMED will advocate for legislation that reduce burdensome administrative requirements so that physicians can get back to the Art of Medicine and caring for patients.

Maintenance of Certification Reform

PAMED will explore possible legislative solutions to ensure that the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process is fair for all physicians.