ACTION ALERT Tell the Pa Senate to support prior authorization reform
Health insurers’ prior authorization and step therapy processes are burdensome to physicians and often cause delays in patient care. Senate Bill 225 aims to bring much needed prior authorization reform to Pennsylvania. SPEAK OUT today and urge your Senator to support S.B. 225.
PAFP President testifies in Harrisburg
Tiffany Leonard, MD, President of the PAFP, testified before the House Professional Licensure Committee on Monday, Sept. 20 on the pharmacy waivers that were issued during the governor's COVID-19 emergency declaration. Dr. Leonard expressed the PAFP's concerns with expanding the scope of practice for pharmacists, especially as it relates to childhood vaccinations. State lawmakers are considering policy to codify the waivers - which expire on Sept. 30 - permanently into law. Read Dr. Leonard's testimony
Family Physicians honored with proclamation
September 2021 is "Pennsylvania Family Physician Month" per a proclamation issued by Gov. Tom Wolf this month. PAFP members were honored for their dedication to patients across the Commonwealth and their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent vaccine distribution efforts. View the full proclamation
PAFP expresses support for school mask mandate
On Tuesday, August 31, PAFP President Tiffany Leonard, MD, issued a statement in support of Gov. Tom Wolf's and Health Sec. Alison Beam's announcement mandating masks in K-12 schools across the state beginning Sept. 7, 2021. Read the full statement
ACTION ALERT Tell the Pa Senate to oppose CRNP scope of practice expansion
Senate Bill 25 would eliminate collaborative agreements between CRNPs and physicians. The PAFP opposes S.B. 25 and urges you to contact your state Senator and ask them to oppose it as well. Click here to SPEAK OUT now
ADVOCACY UPDATE Prior authorization reform gets committee approval
On Wednesday, June 23, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee unanimously supported Senate Bill 225. The bill would bring consistency and transparency to commercial health insurers' prior authorization and step therapy protocols. Prior authorization reform is the PAFP's top legislative priority. The PAFP applauds committee chairman Sen. John DiSanto and bill sponsor Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill for their leadership on this issue. Read message from PAFP President Tiffany Leonard, MD
PAFP President speaks in Harrisburg on prior authorization reform
On Monday, May 24, PAFP President Tiffany Leonard, MD, spoke at a press conference at the state Capitol on the need for prior authorization reform - the PAFP's top legislative priority - and urged lawmakers to support S.B. 225 and H.B. 225. View media coverage of the event.
VIDEO: Pennsylvania family physicians seek to reassure public of vaccine safety and efficacy in video public service announcement
In a set of new PSAs, PAFP Immediate Past-President Tracey Conti, MD, and PAFP’s 2020 Co-Family Physicians of the Year, Delana Wardlaw, MD, and Edward Zurad, MD, urge Pennsylvanians, particularly those in African American and rural communities, to get their COVID-19 vaccination. These physicians hope their messages bring comfort and confidence in the vaccine. View the video PSAs now.
Family physicians can help patients address COVID-related mental health concerns
PAFP President Tiffany Leonard, MD, offered advice to patients struggling with the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in a statewide message issued on Wednesday, May 12 - contact your family physician for help and guidance. Read the press release
Physician Coalition expresses opposition to CRNP full practice authority legislation
On Monday, Mar. 22, the PAFP, along with our partner statewide physician organizations, issued a letter to the Pennsylvania General Assembly stating the coalition's opposition to Senate Bill 25, which would grant Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners full practice authority in the Commonwealth. Read the letter.