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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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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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POMA Prepares for PA General Assembly Return

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

September 6, 2019 

Members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate are set to return to Harrisburg for Legislative business in the next two or three weeks respectively. POMA is readying and positioning itself to work on multiple issues important to POMA members.  The first is opposition to Senate Bill 25, which is in the House Professional Licensure Committee. SB 25 would remove the collaborative agreement requirements between physicians and CRNPs, leaving them to make acts of medical diagnoses and prescribe therapeutic responses with no oversight of a physician. POMA has argued this is not the best interests of patients based in part on the vast difference in training and education between physicians and CRNPs.

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Update on Act 96 of 2018 - Electronic Prescribing of Scheduled Drug Prescriptions

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

August 28, 2019 

POMA has continued to issue information and advisories regarding Act 96 of 2018, which requires scheduled drug prescriptions be submitted electronically and goes into effect on October 24, 2019POMA has fielded many communications from physicians asking for specifics on compliance with the law. The Department of Health (Department) finally issued a Frequently Asked Questions document on last Friday which provides many answers to your specific questions. Please review the website link at your earliest convenience.

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Does Your Practice Prescribe Buprenorphine?

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

August 23, 2019 

Does your Practice Prescribe Buprenorphine?

Legislation regulating office-based prescribing of buprenorphine is set to be voted on by the House Human Services Committee on Wednesday, September 18.  Senate Bill 675 will require office-based physicians get certified by the state, in addition to what is already required for DEA compliance; pay a fee (up to $500) to the state, in addition to what is already required for DEA compliance; and before you can prescribe buprenorphine, the patient must be in a treatment addiction program licensed by the state.

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Required Scheduled Drug E-Scripts — POMA Continues Its Work on Act 96 of 2018 Clarification

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

August 8, 2019 

POMA has been in constant communication with the PA Department of Health (DOH) as it works to implement a law that goes into effect in October that will require electronic prescribing of scheduled prescriptions. The DOH is required to release regulations on how physicians can comply with the law, but because of the short time-frame, it will not be able to until after the law is already in effect.

Therefore, DOH has established an interim temporary exemption process as POMA recently reported. Since that time, POMA member questions and need for clarification have been plentiful and staff is doing its best to stay on top of the DOH’s intentions on regulating the new law.

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