Positive Gains

COVID-19 has flipped our world upside down. As your advocate, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) didn’t miss a beat in working to keep our membership on target as your ability to perform your “Art of Medicine” changed. One day we were in the office, the next we were working safely at home. PAMED’s advocacy, education, and customer service continues on behalf of physicians, practices, and patients.

Carol Encarnacion, MD
Meadville
Dr. Encarnacion is an infection prevention specialist who provided invaluable leadership in helping her community prepare for COVID-19. She has been involved in every aspect of planning and implementation for Meadville Medical Center’s COVID-19 response.

Eric Bradburn, DO
Lancaster
bradburn_eric A critical care trauma surgeon with Penn Medicine, Dr. Bradburn has dedicated his career to improving the lives of his patients. He developed a team-based intensive care unit contingency schedule to allow for the care of critically ill patients during the COVID-19 emergency. The deployment of these teams improved teamwork and communication between departments and prepared his colleagues to handle the pandemic.

Franklin McLaughlin, DO
Conneautville
A family physician with Meadville Medical Center, Dr. McLaughlin recently spearheaded the development of his organization’s flu evaluation center, the area’s first outpatient COVID-19 testing site in the region. The center is open seven days a week and provides quick evaluation and testing of patients with flu or COVID-19 symptoms.

Jill Owens, MD
Bradford
Jill Owens 2 Dr. Owens is a family physician with Bradford Family Medicine. She has been an active voice on Facebook and other social media platforms to show the proper way to wear face masks in public and encourage people to stay home during the peak weeks of the pandemic.

Manda Null, DO
Litiz
Manda-Null-DO Dr. Null is an anesthesiologist who has been instrumental in organizing a multidisciplinary response team at UPMC Lititz. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has dedicated her time and energy to ensuring that patients and staff are educated on the details of caring for patients affected by the virus.

Matthew Berger, MD
Moosic
Matthew Berger, MD Dr. Berger is a psychiatrist who has kept his practice open during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet the mental health needs of patients. He recognizes that, while the physical symptoms of COVID-19 can be devasting, the emotional and economical affects are challenging as well. He has served as a steady voice for both his staff and his patients, reassuring them that they are in it together and will get through this difficult time.

Raghavendra Tirupathi, MD
Chambersburg
As medical director of Keystone Infectious Diseases and co-chair of Keystone Health’s COVID-19 planning committee, Dr. Tirupathi has led and advised the core team throughout the pandemic. His contributions to his health system’s COVID-19 response include his work to create triage and testing algorithms, set up respiratory tests, implementing a protocol for the decontamination of N95 masks. He has also represented PAMED in numerous initiatives to educate the community and the media about COVID-19.

Kawish Garg, MD
Camp Hill
Dr. Garg is medical director of the sleep medicine department at Geisinger Holy Spirit. He is active in organized medicine and has served as president of the Central PA Psychiatric Society and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Sleep Society. His guiding principle as a physician is a simple but essential one - He believes strongly that he can help patients improve their lives.

Saurabh Sharma, MD
Sayre
A cardiologist with Guthrie health system, Dr. Sharma prioritizes building a rapport with his patients. He works closely with patients to help them reflect on the reasons why they engage in behavior that could be harmful for their cardiac health and works with them to find solutions. Dr. Sharma is also passionate about teaching and serves as a core faculty member of Guthrie’s cardiovascular fellowship program.



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Advocating for our physician members continues, although we can’t physically be at the capitol.

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Success! Pennsylvania has waived certain administrative requirements for GMTs during the COVID-19 emergency.

PAMED requested expedited processing of licensure applications for physicians.

Current GMT licensees are encouraged to apply for an interim limited license, which will allow the GMT to practice outside of their residency program. Additionally, the State Board of Medicine and Department of State have also made several allowances to enable GMTs in their final PGY year to obtain an unrestricted license sooner.

Success! Physician offices can resume non-urgent procedures if they meet requirements in new Pa. guidance.

Pennsylvania issued guidance for hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities to resume non-urgent procedures on April 27. PAMED urged the state to release similar guidance for physician practices.

On May 9, Pennsylvania released guidance for health care practitioners in settings such as physician offices. Providers may resume non-urgent and elective care in addition to providing urgent and emergency care, only when appropriate personal protective equipment is available and telemedicine is not clinically sufficient.

Success! Gov. Wolf issued an executive order granting medical liability to some physicians who treat COVID-19 patients.

Physicians and other health care providers are on the front lines of fighting COVID-19, risking their lives and the lives of their family members. They should not be exposed to the additional risk of a lawsuit.

The governor’s executive order issued on May 6 grants limited immunity to certain health care practitioners that work in specific types of health care facilities such as hospitals.

The executive order is a good first step. However, we are concerned that his executive order did not cover practitioners in outpatient settings. PAMED will continue to advocate for immunity protections for all practitioners who treat COVID-19 patients.

Success! Many insurers – including Medicare - have expanded telehealth coverage and reimbursement during the COVID-19 emergency.

Starting March 1, 2020, and for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, Medicare is paying for services furnished to beneficiaries in all areas of the country in all settings. It will also reimburse for telephone services in line with traditional office visits throughout the public health emergency. Many other health insurers have also updated their telemedicine policies in response to the crisis.

To assist physicians during this challenging time, PAMED has created a telehealth reference sheet that offers details on HIPAA, coding, and telehealth policies for Pa. insurers.

We believe that insurers should reimburse for telehealth services and at the same rate as in-person services.

Success! Retired physicians may return to work

PAMED requested that the Department of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs allow active-retired physicians be temporarily permitted to return to active unrestricted status and that all requirements that typically must be fulfilled by an applicant seeking to return to active practice be waived. We also asked for waivers with regard to volunteering and continuing medical education requirements.

Success! Governor Wolf creates PPE portal

PAMED asked Gov. Wolf to direct funding to purchase PPEs for practices and facilities that need it. Gov. Wolf took a good first step to addressing this crisis by creating the Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal to source the most needed medical supplies. Visit Procurement Portal.

Success! Governor Wolf announced the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program

PAMED asked that the state provide financial relief for medical practices who are overwhelmed with significantly increased costs and substantially reduced revenue, in order to avoid closure. While not nearly enough, Gov. Wolf did provide $60 million in funding through the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program.


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The education physicians need to meet the state’s licensure requirements this year is available 24/7. Let us know if you have licensure or CME-related questions as you work to renew your license.




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  • In February, our COVID-19 resource center went live.

  • The Knowledge Center remains open 8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Judy, Kathy, and Norma are ready to help answer your questions or connect you with staff that can help. You can connect with them by dialing 800-228-7823 or emailing KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org.


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The Pennsylvania Medical Society

(PAMED) gets you back to your
art of medicine by advocating,
educating, and navigating on
your behalf so that you can
continue to put patients first.

Thompson_JanetJanet Thompson
Hello! I am Janet, your Member Liaison for Western Pennsylvania at PAMED. I am happy to help if you have questions about membership benefits.
(814) 397-0481



Jordan_Katie Katie Jordan
Hello! I am Katie, your Member Liaison for Eastern Pennsylvania at PAMED. I am happy to help if you have questions about membership benefits.
(717) 752-2067

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