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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
WINTER 2018
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION
PAMED's focus has largely been centered on the collection of patient stories
related to delays in care or denials of
care. House Bill 1293 is currently awaiting
consideration by the House Insurance
Committee. PAMED is currently working
to establish legislative meetings with members of that committee with their physician
constituents back home. Our immediate
goal is to encourage the committee chair,
Rep. Tina Pickett, to either hold a public hearing on the legislation or hold an
informational meeting of the committee

with the affected stakeholders. Physician
response to requests to attend district
meetings with legislators has been less
abundant than expected.  PAMED is
developing a legislative strategy for 2018
that will involve physician engagement.
CREDENTIALING
The bill, House Bill 125, was overwhelmingly approved by the House of
Representatives and is currently awaiting
consideration by the Senate Banking and
Insurance Committee. We're hopeful to
see some movement with that legislation

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early in 2018.  We have received strong
indication from Sen. Don White's office
that a stakeholders meeting early in the
year is likely. Sen. White is the chair of the
Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.
POLST
(Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining
Treatment) - Two bills, House Bill 1196
and Senate Bill 623, have been introduced
and referred to their respective Health
Committees. There is a great deal of interest in this topic and PAMED has been the
leader of a broad coalition (27 different



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