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Medical Society Updates

Screening for HPV-Related Anal Cancer
- PAMED will support efforts to implement
screening for anal cancer with anal Pap test
and/or HPV testing for high-risk populations. We also support the development of
screening guidelines.
Safe Consumption Facilities - We will
endorse the opening of an independently
funded and studied pilot trial of a comprehensive illicit drug user engagement site,
including a safer injection facility.
Graduate Medical Education (GME)
Child Care Programs - We will support
GME programs' implementation of accommodative child care policies and flexible
working environments.
E-Cigarette Use - PAMED will advance
legislation to require Pennsylvania sellers
and makers of vaping products to inform
users about the risks of illness and death
and to prohibit the sale of vaping products
to minors.
Practice Issues & Reimbursement
Some insurer practices like prior
authorization are an impediment to the
physician-patient relationship. Delegates
addressed insurer, health technology, and
reimbursement issues:
Prior Authorization Relief - PAMED
will continue our efforts to reform the
prior authorization process. We aim to
eliminate patient care delays as well as the
administrative burdens associated with
prior authorization.
Physician Communications with
Emergency Departments - We aim to
work with the Hospital and Healthsystem
Association of Pennsylvania to streamline
data exchange between physicians and
emergency departments. We will explore
data integration and sharing opportunities.
Single-Payer Health Care - PAMED
believes that health system reform proposals
that unfairly concentrate the market power
of payers are detrimental to patients and
physicians. We will oppose single-payer

systems that limit or deny patient freedom
of choice or physician ability to select mode
of practice. PAMED supports a pluralistic
health care system.
Improving Health of Medicaid Patients
- PAMED will advocate with the Centers
for Medicare and Medicaid Services and
state agencies for further study of financial
incentive programs that address issues such
as obesity. We support efforts to assess
the programs' effectiveness in encouraging healthy behavior among Medicaid
beneficiaries.
Health Care Legislation & Regulations
Physician and medical student delegates
examined some of the legislative and regulatory burdens that impact patient care:
Wireless Devices and Cell Tower Safety - PAMED will oppose legislation that
blocks the public's right to guard safety
and health regarding cell tower placement.
We will provide ways to reduce radiation
exposure from wireless devices.
Restrictive Covenants - PAMED believes
that restrictive clauses interfere with the
ability of patients to have access to their
physician. We will actively seek to create
state and national coalitions to address
restrictive covenants.
Physician Wellness - We will oppose
legislation that calls for burdensome regulatory, legislative, and insurance mandates
and requirements.
Patient Test Result Law (Act 112) - This
state law requires entities performing a
diagnostic imaging service to directly notify
the patient or patient's designee when, in
the judgment of the entity performing the
test, a significant abnormality may exist.
PAMED will work with specialty organizations to amend the law to consider the need
for clarity, clinical relevance, and what is
in the best interest of patients. Get details
on the law at www.pamedsoc.org/Act112.
Energy Drinks - We will advocate for a
state ban on the sale of energy drinks to

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children younger than 18. We also support
education on the potential risks associated
with energy drinks.
Physician Communication with PA
Department of Health (DOH) on Regulatory Issues - PAMED will advocate for
DOH to adopt policies that would include
the participation of a DOH physician when
physicians contact DOH to share their concerns about regulatory issues and disputes.
E-Prescribing Law - PAMED will
look for ways to seek legislative relief for
physicians concerning the state's law on
e-prescribing of controlled substances.
Learn more about the law at www.pamedsoc.org/Act96.
PAMED Membership & Bylaws
The delegates approved recommendations concerning the rules and operations
governing PAMED's Board of Trustees
and the PAMED's House of Delegates.
Additionally, they approved actions such
as providing member updates concerning
any litigation against the American Board
of Medical Specialties' member boards
regarding Maintenance of Certification.
Thank You to the 2019 HOD Delegates
and Attendees!
We thank the many physicians, medical
students, and guests who participated in this
year's meeting. Your commitment to Pennsylvania health care and to your patients
made the event a success. The LCCMS
delegation included: Robert K. Aichele, Jr.,
DO; Stacey Denlinger, DO; Sarah Eiser,
MD (alternate); Laura H. Fisher, MD;
James M. Kelly, MD; Cameron Moore,
MD, MPH; Stephen T. Olin, MD; Karen
A. Rizzo, MD, FACS; and Thomas J. Weida,
MD. We thank them for their service to the
physicians of Lancaster County.
Information on the disposition of the 2019
resolutions is available at www.pamedsoc.
org/HOD.
The 2020 House of Delegates meeting
will be held in Hershey on Oct. 23-25.
We hope to see you there!


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