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The 278 delegates registered for the virtual HOD on Oct. 24, 2020, represented
counties, specialties, and member sections.
This number represents the largest delegate
quorum PAMED has had in more than
seven years.
Delegates addressed many of the urgent
issues that face health care today. Here is a
look at some of the resolutions that delegates
either adopted or directed to PAMED's
Board for decision or further study. Keep
in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. 
PUBLIC HEALTH & EDUCATION
Racism as a Publc Health Issue - PAMED
supports identifying racism as a public health
issue. Delegates voted to direct PAMED's
Health Diversity Task Force to educate
physicians on optimizing aspects of clinical
practice, workforce development, community-based advocacy, and research practices
to address the effects of racism in health
care on patients.

and support alternative forms of GME
funding. The delegates voted to request a
status report from the AMA on initiatives
related to increasing residency positions.
HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION
& REGULATIONS
Restrictive Covenants - Delegates voted
to refer the issue of restrictive covenants
(also known as " non-compete clauses " )
in physician employment contracts to
PAMED's Board of Trustees for further
study. To provide recommendations that are
fair to all physicians, the Board will consider
how restrictive covenants are used by independently practicing physicians compared
to hospital and health systems and the effect
both have on physician employment and
patient care.

Health Care and Organ Transplant Equity for Persons with Disabilities - Delegates
voted to support equitable inclusion of
people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities (IDD) in transplant surgery eligibility. PAMED will also strongly advocate for
policy ensuring that IDD populations have
equitable access to health care and resources.

Want to share feedback with the PAMED
Board on this resolution? The PAMED Board
plans to discuss this issue at its February 2021
meeting. If you have feedback to share with
the PAMED Board on this resolution, you
can do so by going to www.pamedsoc.org/
HOD, clicking on 2020 Final Resolutions,
finding Res. 20-405, and then clicking
the button/link that says, " I would like to
provide testimony to the board. " This will
direct you to an online form where you will
be able to share your comments with the
PAMED Board.

Emergency Pandemic Guidelines  -
PAMED will continue to work with
appropriate stakeholders to determine emergency pandemic protocols that address issues
such as hospital resources and distribution
of health information to the public.

Delegates also voted to direct the PA
Delegation to the AMA to ask the AMA
to retract its February 7, 2020 letter to
the Federal Trade Commission concerning
non-compete clauses and to remain silent
on the issue.   

Gender Equity in Medicine - Delegates
approved a resolution for PAMED to adopt
several principles related to gender equity,
including endorsing equal opportunity of
employment in the medical field, promoting
of equal compensation, and committing to
the full involvement of women in leadership
roles throughout PAMED.

Physician Supervision Following the
COVID-19 Emergency  - PAMED will
support the return of physician supervision
requirements and scope of practice regulations
after the governor's emergency declaration has
expired. We will strongly advocate against
legislation that aims to extend the waiver of
such scope of practice regulations.

Increasing Residency Positions  - Current American Medical Association (AMA)
policy seeks to advocate for an increase to
the cap of Medicare support for graduate
medical education (GME) and to endorse

Rescinding Level 2 Requirements for
Licensure  - Delegates directed PAMED
to advocate with state medical boards to
rescind USMLE Step 2 CS and COMLEX
Level 2 PE examination requirements as part

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of medical licensure for current and future
graduates whose testing has been postponed
due to the pandemic. Pa.'s AMA Delegation
will also present the issue at the AMA's next
HOD meeting.
Availability of Pennsylvania Health Care
Cost Containment Council (PHC4) Datasets - PAMED will advocate for affordable
and open access to PHC4 data for academic
research purposes. Pa.'s AMA delegation will
bring the issue of making state data open and
affordable to the AMA's next HOD meeting.
COVID-19 Liability Protections  -
Delegates approved a resolution directing
PAMED to advocate for liability protection
for independently practicing physicians
who treat COVID-19 patients that mirror
the protections for physicians who treat
COVID-19 patients in hospitals or ambulatory surgical facilities found in Governor
Wolf 's executive order.
" Assistant Physician " Positions for Medical School Graduates - PAMED's Board
will study the issue of potentially allowing
medical school graduates who do not secure
a residency match to work in underserved
areas as " assistant physicians " under the
supervision of a residency-trained physician.
Want to share feedback with the PAMED
Board on this resolution? The PAMED Board
plans to discuss this issue at its February 2021
meeting. If you have feedback to share with
the PAMED Board on this resolution, you
can do so by going to www.pamedsoc.org/
HOD, clicking on 2020 Final Resolutions,
finding Res. 20-408, and then clicking
the button/link that says, " I would like to
provide testimony to the board. " This will
direct you to an online form where you will
be able to share your comments with the
PAMED Board.
Disparities in Physician Workforce and
Health Care - Delegates directed PAMED's
Board to study the multifaceted issue of how
best to increase minority representation
within the physician workforce at all levels
of service and leadership.
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