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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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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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What POMA Members Need to Know About New Facility Reporting Law
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

January 23, 2019

POMA staff have recently fielded questions related to Act 112 of 2018 from the membership.  Act 112, the Patient Test Result Information Act was enacted on October 24, 2018.  Act 112 requires a diagnostic imaging facility that has found a “significant abnormality” to share with the patient a notice that they should contact their ordering health care provider for further communication. “Significant abnormality” is defined as “a finding by diagnostic imaging service of an abnormality or anomaly which would cause a reasonably prudent person to seek additional or follow-up medical care within three months.”  The Department of Health will enforce the law by making it a requirement under the facility inspection process. 

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