Home > Tools You Can Use > Topics > Compliance > General You Can Use:Topics:Compliance:General<p>Stay informed on everything you need to stay compliant. PAMED's in-house experts provide timely information on the latest state and federal regulations impacting your practice.</p> Permits for Graduate Physician Assistants: What You Need to Know<p>​The State Board of Medicine allows graduate physician assistants to practice between graduation and certification under a temporary permit. Here's a look at how the temporary permit process works.<br></p> Health Care Regulations Are on the Governor's Regulatory Agenda?<p>​Governor Wolf's office released its regulatory agenda for the second half of 2017. Here are a few of the items on the agenda that are particularly relevant to Pennsylvania physicians.<br></p> Could Pa. Pharmacy Board’s Proposed Compounding Rule Impact Physicians?<p>​Pennsylvania’s State Board of Pharmacy issued proposed regulations for pharmacy compounding. On April 7, 2017, PAMED sent a comment letter on the proposal, asking for clarification on the extent to which the proposed regulations will apply to physicians.<br></p> Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) Requirements Take Effect on March 8 <p>Effective March 8, 2017, all hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) are required to provide notice informing Medicare beneficiaries who receive observation services as outpatients for more than 24 hours that they are an outpatient receiving observation status, NOT an inpatient of the hospital or CAH. </p> Board of Osteopathic Medicine Changes Back-Up Supervisory Physician Policy<p>​On Dec. 14, 2016, the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted to reduce the number of back-up supervisors that must be reported to the Board for physician assistants.<br></p> Tools to Help You Comply with Non-Discrimination Notice Requirements<p>​PAMED has received questions from members in search of language resources to assist them in complying with non-discrimination notice requirements that went into effect on Oct. 16, 2016. Here are some resources that can help.<br></p> Pa. Law Requires That Hepatitis C Screening Must Be Offered to Certain Individuals – PAMED Seeks Clarification from DOH<p>Pennsylvania's Hepatitis C Screening Act (Act 87 of 2016) goes into effect on Sept. 18, 2016. The law requires that hepatitis C testing must be offered to certain individuals. What should physicians and other health care practitioners know about the law?<br></p> Should Be Aware of Changes to Department of Labor Civil Penalties, Effective Aug. 1<p>The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced increases to civil penalty amounts assessed by its administrations, including the Employee Benefits Security Administration. What do employers, including physician practices and other health care organizations, need to know? <span lang="EN" style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;"></span><br></p> Changes to Open Payments Program Possible? <p>CMS is seeking comments from stakeholders on the Open Payments Program. Additionally, a federal bill proposes exempting CME from Open Payments reporting.<br></p> Care Non-Discrimination Final Rule Places New Requirements on Certain Physicians and Facilities<p>​On May 13, 2016, HHS issued a final rule implementing the probibition of discrimination under section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.<br></p> Open Payments Data Is Now Available to Public<p>On June 30, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made 2015 Open Systems data available to the public. The data discloses payments and other transfers of value made to physicians and teaching hospitals by medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.<br></p>

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