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Legislative Updates keeps POMA members up-to-date on the latest news in Pennsylvania government and the issues affecting the healthcare profession and patients.

JUA Fund Transfer Ruled Unconstitutional - 5/18/18
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

Yesterday’s decision by a federal judge prohibits a $200 million transfer to the Pennsylvania General Fund from a state-created insurance fund. The nonprofit Pennsylvania Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association (JUA) was created by the General Assembly to provide medical malpractice insurance to Pennsylvania healthcare providers (but receives no money from the state).

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Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners HB 100, SB 25 - 4/26/18
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

While multiple groups rally in Harrisburg for public attention on an annual basis, limited media attention was given to the Association of Certified Nurse Practitioners on their annual lobby day. POMA established our public position in a press release to the media in advance of the CRNP press conference. Nonetheless, the CRNP group continues to actively advocate for legislative action on their bills for independent practice rights.

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Workers Compensation Drug Formulary – SB 936 - 4/26/18
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Senate Bill 936 on April 17, 2018. Senate Bill 936 would establish a drug formulary for the Pennsylvania Workers Compensation system through the use of a Utilization Review Organizations (URO); ensuring high quality treatment, fair prices, all without system and drug abuse.

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists - HB 789 - 4/26/18
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

The House Professional Licensure Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 789 which amends the Medical Practice Act by codifying existing regulations for the provision of anesthesia in certain settings.

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Surprise Balance Billing – HB 1553 - 4/26/18
Written by Legislative Consultant, Bruce Hironimus

Affected stakeholders continue to meet in an effort to reach compromise to minimize financial exposure to patients who have received out of network services. HB 1553 is currently awaiting full House consideration pending the outcome of these discussions.

 
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