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L A N C A S T E R M E D I C A L S O C I E T Y.O R G

Legislative & Regulatory Updates

Pennsylvania

Medical Society

QUARTERLY LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
SPRING 2018

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AMED is hopeful that the House Insurance
Committee, where HB 1293 currently awaits
consideration, will take some action on the
measure in the near future.

This issue has gained increased attention due to a
CNN story outlining details of an investigation into
Aetna, where a former medical director admitted under
oath that he never looked at patients' records when
deciding to approve or deny care.
PAMED has used the media activity as a springboard,
writing a letter to Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman urging her to review all licensed insurers
and their prior authorization processes and writing to

LANCASTER

the full House of Representatives urging their support
of HB 1293.
INFORMED CONSENT
In a June 2017 ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme
Court held that, under the MCARE Act, the duty to
obtain a patient's informed consent is a non-delegable
duty. Under the MCARE Act, except for emergencies,
physicians must obtain informed consent from their
patients, or their authorized representative, prior to
conducting the following procedures: surgeries (including the related administration of anesthesia); radiation
or chemotherapy; blood transfusions; I\insertion of
a surgical device or appliance; and administration of
experimental medication.

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