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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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Senate Committee Moves CRNP Independent Practice Bill
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

April 4, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure approved Senate Bill 25 with two no votes. SB 25 provides CRNPs with independent practice by removing the collaborative agreement requirement with a physician when a CRNP is making acts of medical diagnosis and prescribing.

POMA officially thanked the two Senators voting no of whom included Senator John Gordner (R-Columbia) and Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland). POMA also thanks those DOs that answered the call to action that was sent to them using our new advocacy software, VoterVOICE! We targeted only those DOs who live in the districts of targeted Senators. Over 300 DOs answered this call! It is too early to tell if SB 25 will be voted on by the full Senate. If POMA believes a Senate vote is imminent, we will send a new action alert for POMA members to contact their Senators. Please stay tuned…

 

 

Pennsylvania Auditor General Focuses in on Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers (PBMs)
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

March 21, 2019

This week, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale testified in a legislative hearing of the House Health Committee about his report, “Bringing Transparency & Accountability to Drug Pricing.” Auditor General DePasquale’s report shows how Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers (PBMs) - or middle men - impact the costs of prescription drugs, and in many cases, PBMs are making the cost of prescriptions higher.

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Mandated E-Scripts for Scheduled Drugs
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

March 7, 2019

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? This was the exact concern expressed by a POMA member at last month’s meeting of the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine when it reviewed the Act.

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DOs Answer the Call!!!
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

February 22, 2019

POMA members stepped up and made their voices heard on the proposed change in the Supreme Court’s venue rule change. POMA’s action alert asked you to answer the call and you did!  Thanks to everyone who took the time to send comments opposing the venue rule change to the Supreme Court’s Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure.  POMA sent its official comments to the Court as well.

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PA House and Senate Republicans Join Physicians and Hospitals on Concern with Venue Change
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

February 6, 2019

The Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus held a press conference on the steps of the capitol rotunda joining the chorus of physicians and hospitals asking the Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee to hold off changing the venue rule. The current venue rule requires that medical professional liability actions be brought in the county where the alleged action took place. Republican lawmakers argued that removing this exception from the procedural rules will likely lead to higher jury awards and higher premiums.

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