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LEGISLATIVE
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PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL
SOCIETY 2019-2020
REGULAR LEGISLATIVE
SESSION SUMMARY
Executive Summary:
The Pennsylvania General Assembly
completed its 204th legislative session on
November 30, 2020, a date set forth in the
state's constitution. This ends two years of
legislative deliberation and law making. At
the conclusion of the session, there were
4,200 bills filed in both the House and Senate
with only a small portion (290) making it
to the Governor's desk for signature into
law. Additionally, another 312 bills were
vetoed by the Governor. Legislation not
approved by the General Assembly during
the session expired.
When the 2019 session commenced, much
of PAMED's focus was on the Supreme
Court of Pennsylvania's proposed change
to the venue rule related to the medical
professional liability claims. In addition
to venue, PAMED anticipated engaging
in other " priority " areas such as scope of
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(PCCJR), of which PAMED was a founding
member, continues to urge Governor Wolf
and lawmakers to provide broad immunity
protections to those directly affected by the
pandemic. While the business community
was unsuccessful in securing protections
for businesses, Governor Wolf did issue an
executive order (EO) that served to protect
healthcare providers who provided care
within a hospital or ambulatory surgery
From the beginning of the pandemic, center. While PAMED applauded these
PAMED, working with several stakehold- protections, the EO order failed to provide
ers, repeatedly pressed Governor Wolf to needed immunity for thousands of other
provide immunity protection to physicians providers caring for COVID-19 patients.
and other healthcare providers who were PAMED will continue to seek broad protreating COVID-19 patients. The entire tections for all physicians and other care
business community was also pressing the givers engaged in the care and treatment
Governor to protect businesses that began of this patient population.
Scope of practice again dominated our
manufacturing COVID-19 related materials
from unnecessary litigation. The Pennsyl- legislative activities whether it involved
vania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform pharmacists, physician assistants, genetic
practice, restrictive covenants, surprise billing,
telemedicine, and prior authorization reform.
However, as the Covid-19 pandemic surged
to the forefront in early 2020, attention
rapidly shifted to protecting our front line
health care providers and ensuring that they
had the necessary tools and support to remain
treating patients and keeping themselves and
those around them safe. Other legislative
initiatives were placed on the back burner.


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