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the opposing organization's goals. Although
no major agreement was reached, the discussion allowed both sides to clarify the
rationale behind their respective positions.
Prior Authorization Legislation -
Introduced by Rep. Marguerite Quinn
(R-Bucks)
Representative Marguerite Quinn, along
with 38 bi-partisan co-sponsors, introduced
HB 1293 earlier this session. This legislation
will improve transparency, accessibility, and
the consistent application of prior authorization by including a standard definition. It
will also significantly streamline the process
by requiring insurers to make available an
electronic communications network that
permits prior authorization requests to be
submitted electronically, and authorizations
and adverse determinations to likewise be
returned electronically.
Over the past several months, the government relations staff has worked closely with
Representative Quinn in developing HB
1293 and making improvements over last
session's version. Prior to its introduction,
staff met with House members to explain
the need for the legislation and to secure
an adequate number of legislative sponsors.
A significant grassroots effort that asks
physicians to engage patients is already
underway. The goal of this initiative is for
patients to ultimately share their medical
challenges with the prior authorization
process with their legislators.
HB 1293 has been referred to the House
Insurance Committee. PAMED is now
arranging direct physician contacts with
committee members and continuing the
process of educating legislators as to how
prior authorization can negatively impact
patient care. The next legislative goal is to
secure a committee vote on the bill before
the end of the year, if not sooner.
Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining
Treatment (POLST)
In early September, House Majority Whip
Bryan Cutler introduced House Bill 1196,
the Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining
Treatment (POLST) Act. The introduction

of this legislation, which has such a highly
regarded sponsor, represents a major step
forward for a multi-year, collaborative effort
that drew on the expertise of 27 health care
and patient advocacy organizations. During
a press conference this spring, Senator Gene
Yaw also announced his intention to introduce similar legislation in the Senate. He is
expected to formally introduce that bill soon.
To prepare for its introduction in the
Senate, PAMED's lobbyists recently joined
Daniel Kimball, MD, in meeting with Senator Lisa Baker, chairwoman of the Senate
Health Committee, to whom the legislation
will likely be sent. The meeting was quite
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in addressing this issue. In the House, the
POLST Act has been sent to the Judiciary
Committee, but PAMED expects that it may
soon be referred to the Health Committee.
Credentialing
In cooperation with the Hospital and
Health Systems Association (HAP), PAMED
was successful in securing the passage of
House Bill 125 from the House Health
Committee. The legislation was subsequently
passed by the full House on May 24, 2017
(190-0). HB 125 will now be considered
by the Senate Banking and Insurance
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