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POMA is the only representative voice for DOs and their patients with the Pennsylvania General Assembly. POMA tracks dozens of bills dealing with issues on public health, scope of practice, physician reimbursement tort reform and many others.


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POMA Recommendation Regarding Act 96 of 2018

Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

July 9, 2019 

Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act - Professional Prescription, Administration and Dispensing

Act 96 of 2018 requires electronic prescriptions for scheduled drugs II-V. The public policy intent is a very good one, which is to mitigate scheduled prescriptions falling into the wrong hands. It is likely that many POMA members already use e-scripts for their scheduled drug prescriptions. In these cases, Act 96 merely codifies in the law what you are already doing. However, what if you are a small independent POMA member?

The Department of Health is required to promulgate regulations before the effective date of the law in October 2019. As the Department continues to work on the regulations, it is putting into place a temporary exemption process via an electronic form which covers one year from the time of submission to the Department. The reasons for the request for temporary exemption is for any or all of the following: Economic Hardship, Technical Limitations and Exceptional Circumstances.


A Busy June for POMA at the Capitol

Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

June 21, 2019 

We are in the final days of legislative session before the Pennsylvania General Assembly breaks for the Summer and the legislative process is running on all cylinders.

POMA has managed to limit most of the more damaging legislation to this point.  Earlier in June, the Senate voted (44-6) on final passage of Senate Bill 25, which would permit CRNPs to practice medicine without oversight or collaboration with a physician. The fight now moves to the PA House of Representatives. No further action is expected before the break. POMA will continue its work to help our legislative supporters who do not want CRNPs to practice medicine independent of physician collaboration or oversight.


The Calm Before the Storm
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

May 24, 2019 

As we prepare cookouts and enjoy time with our friends and family this coming weekend celebrating Memorial Day, legislators will be doing the same. However, the month of June is a notoriously busy time in the Harrisburg halls of state government. This is mainly because a state budget will be due by June 30 (or sometime thereafter) before the General Assembly breaks for the Summer.  This coincides with many bills that will likely see movement in the legislative process, some helpful to DOs and their patients, and some, not so much. 


POMA is Busy Protecting and Promoting DOs in Harrisburg

Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

June 7, 2019 

The Pennsylvania General Assembly came out of the gates running as multiple Committees conducted business and moved legislation dealing with healthcare issues POMA is either involved in or monitoring closely.

POMA started Monday of this week by sending an email to DOs throughout the state asking them to get involved and write their Senator to oppose Senate Bill 25, which would provide independent medical practice for CRNPs. It is possible the full Senate could vote the bill as soon as next week, mounting pressure on the House to do something on the bill. POMA is working hard on the Hill to stave off this effort.


POMPAC Schedules Reception Honoring State Representative During Clinical Assembly
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

April 17, 2019 

POMPAC is POMA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) which receives contributions from DOs and in turn, uses those donations to support state legislative candidates who are supportive of DOs and the care they provide. POMPAC can be viewed as the political arm of POMA.  It is illegal to use POMA funds to make donations to the PAC.  As a result, contributions must come from individual POMA members who recognize the value in supporting POMPAC because it will enhance POMA’s advocacy efforts.   

POMPAC has scheduled a fundraising reception in honor of State Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre) House Republican Whip. The reception will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6:15-7:15 at the Annual Clinical Assembly with a donation set at $150. Rep. Benninghoff has been a supporter of POMA’s advocacy issues for many years.

This has not been attempted in the recent past and POMPAC is trying to make this event as successful as possible. Please consider joining us during the Clinical Assembly as POMA flexes its political muscle!  - Click here for more information       

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