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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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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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POMA Opposes Change in Venue Rule Proposed by Supreme Court
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

January 11, 2019

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s rulemaking body is trying to change the current rule on venue in medical liability cases that requires a case against a physician must be brought in the county where the alleged incident occurred. Changing this rule is likely to have a negative impact on the accessibility and affordability of medical professional liability insurance. The reason is that trial lawyers will be free to use any connection necessary to bring a liability action into Philadelphia, which has a reputation of awarding high jury awards.

POMA is working on drafting its comments opposing the rule change. Additionally, POMA is in a coalition of healthcare provider organizations, insurers and others to oppose changing the rule on venue. POMA has also become a member of the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform, which formalizes its opposition.

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General Assembly Begins Session
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

January 10, 2019

The 203rd General Assembly took the oath of office in Harrisburg on January 1. Representative Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) was re-elected as the Speaker of the House and the Democratic Leader remained the unchanged as Representative Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) was reelected to his post. In the Senate, the new President took the oath of office, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D). The Senate Republicans reelected Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) as the President Tempore and Senator Jake Corman (R-Centre) as the Majority Leader. The Senate Democrats voted Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and the Democratic Leader. In addition to the leadership, the Committee chairs for all four caucuses have been announced. Please visit the POMA advocacy page for more details on these legislators.

 

Advocacy Winds of Change at POMA
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

December 13, 2018

POMA heads into a new 2-year, state legislative session, in January. Physician leadership, POMA staff and consultants are collaborating to enhance and sharpen the organization’s advocacy capabilities. We are developing ways to foster communication between POMA members and their state legislators. Better known as “grassroots lobbying”, and a significant portion of the strategic plan, POMA will enhance the velocity and timing of getting information into member hands, so each physician, resident and student can be heard by the state legislators that represent their home district.

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