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Medical Society Updates

Immunity for Health Care Providers
of Free, Low-Cost, or Emergent Health
Care Physicians voted to continue to seek
an active stance to support legislation related to immunity protections for physicians
providing charitable care.
Pennsylvania Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Individuals
Delegates voted to support legislative efforts
to protect DACA medical students, patients,
and physicians.
Hospital and Health System Consolidation
Physicians voted to direct PAMED's Board to
decide whether a physician survey is needed
to review the effect of hospital consolidation
on physicians.
PUBLIC HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Physicians addressed these issues affecting the
health and well-being of Pennsylvania patients:
Support Pennsylvania Immunization
Coalition (PAIC) PAMED will monitor
developments to help ensure the state provides annual funding for PAIC.
Physician Workforce PAMED is working
to ensure parity for international medical
graduates with U.S. medical graduates in
years of graduate medical education for licensure. PA Rep. Aaron Kaufer has announced
his intention to introduce a bill that would
amend PA's Medical Practice Act to ensure
this parity, and PAMED will support the bill.
Teen Health Week County and specialty
associations will be encouraged to join with
their local schools to participate in Pennsylvania's Teen Health Week, being held March
18-24, 2018.
Support VA Health Services for Women
Veterans PAMED recognizes the disparity in
access to care for women veterans and encourages
research to address the needs of this population
with the focus on improving outcomes. This

resolution requests that this resolution be presented at the AMA Interim Meeting.
Stop the Bleed National Educational
Campaign PAMED will support the
American College of Surgeons' "Stop the
Bleed" campaign and encourage counties,
specialties, and PA physicians to promote
this education for the health of all patients.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
for Substance Abuse Disorders Physicians
voted for PAMED to promote training
programs for PA physicians interested in
becoming MAT providers.
Safe Sleeping Environments for PA
Infants PAMED will encourage the research
of safe sleeping environments for infants,
which could include the study of the safety
and efficacy of boxes for babies to sleep in.
Inequality in Access to Women's Reproductive Health Care Services Physicians
in attendance voted to have PAMED's
Board study the issue further, determining
that inequality of access may have a broad
impact in the state.
PRACTICE ISSUES &
REIMBURSEMENT
The way physicians practice medicine is
transforming due to value-based payment
models, technology, and many other factors.
Physicians addressed these issues relating to
practice issues and reimbursement:
Air Ambulance Regulations and Reimbursements Physicians voted to direct the
PA Delegation to the AMA to present a resolution for study of the role of air ambulance
services, clinical efficacy, cost-effectiveness,
barriers to competition, reimbursement, and
quality improvement.

members on this alternative practice model,
exploring opportunities to ensure that evidence-based guidelines are followed and
quality is achieved in practices utilizing
DPC. The resolution also calls on PAMED
to work with state legislators to support the
practice of DPC models.
Access to Care for Medicaid Patients
PAMED's Board will study this complex
issue to determine the viability of offering
payment models such as Direct Care services
to PA Medicaid patients and to investigate
the possibility of pursuing the Section 1332
State Innovation Waiver to authorize the
creation of innovative payment models for
Medicaid beneficiaries.
Translation and Interpretation Services
Delegates voted for PAMED to advocate for
state Medicaid funding for medical interpretive services and to urge for PA legislation
to install a system of reimbursement for
interpretive and translation services during
medical encounters.
Physicians also discussed ways to enhance
the PAMED member experience, such as
improving transparency, finding new ways
to engage members, and more.
Lancaster City & County Medical Society
thanks the physician leaders who attended
this year's House of Delegates, representing
Lancaster County. This year's delegation
included: Robert K. Aichele, Jr., DO; Chelsea L. Cambria, DO; Stacey S. Denlinger,
DO; James M. Kelly, MD; Stephen T. Olin,
MD; Rebecca M. Shepherd, MD, MBA;
David J. Simons, DO, FAOCA.

Direct Primary Care (DPC) Physicians
voted for PAMED to prepare a written
document of the DPC model to educate

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT ANY OF THE TOPICS ADDRESSED AT THIS YEAR'S MEETING?
Don't hesitate to contact PAMED's Knowledge Center at 855-PAMED4U (855-726-3348)
or KnowledgeCenter@pamedsoc.org for assistance.

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