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Legislative & Regulatory Updates

State Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill of York
County, who recently announced her
interest in introducing a similar bill in the
Senate. It is quickly becoming clear to both
lawmakers and patients that prior authorization needs to be reformed as more and
more patients are facing denials for services
recommended by their physician. Lancaster
County physicians should reach out to
thank Representative Mentzer for taking
the lead on this issue. Positive change will
largely be driven by patient and physician
engagement on this issue since overcoming
the political influence of the state's health
insurance industry will be challenging.

OPIOIDS

Opioid awareness is ubiquitous throughout the physician community and remains
a top priority in the legislature. First on the
agenda this fall are two opioid bills that
PAMED continues to focus on-Senate
Bills 566 and 675. The first would take
existing opioid prescribing guidelines developed by PAMED, in cooperation with the
Department of Health, and codify them in
regulations. While the intention of the legislation is to ensure that physicians adhere
to the guidelines, PAMED feels strongly
that guidelines should not be mandated
and must, by their very nature, be flexible

given the uniqueness of each and every
patient. In addition, treatment protocols
change often and placing guidelines into
the regulatory process would likely result
in physicians being caught between new
treatment protocols and outdated regulations, potentially denying patients the
most up-to-date care.
The second bill, Senate Bill 675, seeks
to restrict the use of medication assisted
treatment (MAT) for patients suffering
from opioid use disorder. Drugs like
buprenorphine have been proven to be
the most effective treatment for patients
who suffer from addiction. Currently the

For more information about any of the bills mentioned above,
please visit the Advocacy Section of PAMED's web site at

www.pamedsoc.org/Advocacy
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