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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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Social Distancing Consumes the Capitol

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

March 20, 2020

Unprecedented steps were taken in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week where the body approved rules changes that will permit official voting by proxy. The Senate took similar action this week amending its rules. The changes were done in a bipartisan level and highlight the unusual circumstances Pennsylvania, and the entire world, is feeling at this tenuous time.

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Who Needs Prior Authorization Reform?

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

February 21, 2020

After speaking with many DOs at the POMA District 8 meeting earlier this month, there was a constant refrain when the issue of prior authorization reform came up for discussion.  Which is, both patients AND physicians need prior authorization reform. 

DOs have shared with POMA multiple frustrations they are experiencing on behalf of their patients with failed first (and second) policies, as well as knowing the correct “key words” an insurer is looking for that will get the approval for what a patient needs.  Further, DOs often take the brunt of patient frustration after a DO spends time explaining why they believe a certain medication is the best choice for them, only to have a prior authorization request fail. 

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What's In A Collaborative Agreement?

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

January 24, 2020

Many POMA members work in collaboration with nurse practitioners in all areas of the state. A collaborative agreement is designed to have physician input when a nurse practitioner is engaging in acts of medical diagnoses or prescribing therapeutic response to patients. POMA members who are employees of a larger healthcare organization likely have a standard form which underscores what is required in a collaborative agreement. However, the state law and regulations requirements are quite minimal.

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PA General Assembly Update

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

October 18, 2019 

The PA General Assembly will be back to session in Harrisburg next week and the week after next. Three issues that POMA is interested in and have been churning behind the scenes, may reach a critical mass in Harrisburg. The first issue is prior authorization legislation.  POMA supports efforts to streamline and provide more transparency on the process for both physicians and patients.  A rally is taking place in Harrisburg in two weeks in support of the legislative efforts and POMA will be represented in a coalition of patient and provider groups. 

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Do You Know Who Represents You in the Pennsylvania General Assembly?

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

October 4, 2019 

If you read the headline and are like most people in the state, don’t be concerned if you did not raise your hand. POMA is here to help! But why? Why should you care who represents you? 

As a physician, state legislators make decisions every day that impact either your profession and/or your patients. There are laws that mandate how much and what kind of continuing medical education you must receive, insurance laws that dictate what, when, how and how often you can treat your patients in order to receive payment for your services and scope of practice laws that determine what treatments non-physician providers are legally able to provide to patients. Hopefully that got your attention! The bottom line is that constituents like you, can have a far greater impact on legislative decisions because of the fact most people don’t get involved. This means if you make the effort to meet with your State Representative and Senator, your voice will be magnified!

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