Bills on the Hill: Pennsylvania Health Care Bills on the Move

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2019

Mike-Siget-2019By Michael D. I. Siget, JD, MPA, PAMED’s Legislative & Regulatory Counsel

With the enactment of a state budget in June, many health-related bills saw movement prior to the General Assembly recessing for the summer. If you missed our previous Bills on the Hill overview of six health care bills that were signed into law before the legislature’s recess, you can check it out here.

When the General Assembly returns in September, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) will continue to monitor many bills that have the potential to impact health care in the state.

Harrisburg-Capitol-nightIn this Bills on the Hill, we look at more than a dozen health care bills that passed one chamber of the legislature prior to summer recess. We also share PAMED’s position on each bill.

  • CRNP independent practice (SB 25) –Non-physician health care professionals continue to lobby lawmakers and regulatory boards to expand their scope of practice beyond their training and expertise. We oppose the expansion of the scope of practice for allied health care professionals and support the physician as the leader of the health care team. Learn more about PAMED’s scope of practice advocacy here. PAMED’s Position: Oppose
  • Continuing Education Credit Carryover (HB 64) – The bill would allow professionals under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs who are required to maintain continuing education (such as physicians) to accrue continuing education credits in excess of any credits required for biennial renewal. The carryover would be valid for one biennial renewal term only. PAMED’s Position: Support
  • Prohibition on the sale of vaping products to minors (HB 97) PAMED’s Position: Support
  • Addiction Treatment Bed Registry (HB 596) – The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs would be required to develop and administer an internet-based detoxification and addiction treatment bed registry. PAMED’s Position: Support
  • Insurer coverage of Lyme disease treatment plans (HB 629) – Health insurers would be required to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment. PAMED’s concerns rest with the language in the bill referencing long-term anti-biotic use. PAMED’s Position: Oppose
  • Resources about performing CPR on infants (HB 783) – The bill aims to provides information to parents of a newborn on appropriate measures in response to an infant needing CPR or involved in a choking situation. PAMED’s Position: Support
  • Adding naloxone to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) (HB 1005) PAMED’s Position: Oppose
  • Seven-Day Opioid Prescribing Limit (SB 112) – This bill would set a seven-day limit for prescribing opioids to all patients. PAMED’s Position: Oppose
  • Authorizing EMS personnel to leave dose of naloxone (SB 223) – This bill would allow EMS providers to leave a dose of naloxone with a caregiver of a patient who has overdosed. PAMED’s Position: Neutral
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) designation (SB 325) – The bill would allow licensed registered nurses who meet the requirements to be a CRNA to use the title "certified registered nurse anesthetist" and the abbreviation "CRNA." It would also allow the Nursing Board to certify a licensed registered nurse as a CRNA if the nurse satisfies the requirements. PAMED’s Position: Oppose
  • Medicaid Managed Care Organization access to the PDMP (SB 432) PAMED’s Position: Oppose
  • Opioid patient treatment agreements (SB 572) PAMED’s Position: Oppose
  • Licensing prescribers of suboxone (SB 675) – This bill would require state licensure – including a license fee – for Suboxone/buprenorphine prescribers and set limits on the use of buprenorphine. PAMED’s Position: Oppose

Interested in seeing bills that PAMED is tracking? PAMED has two bill tracker websites, one for high priority legislation and one for all bills. You can find both bill tracker websites here.

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