ADVOCACY UPDATE Prior Authorization reform receives Senate approval
June 29, the Senate of
Pennsylvania passed Senate Bill 225 with unanimous, bipartisan support. The
bill, which now moves to the state House of Representatives for consideration,
would significantly improve the prior authorization process by establishing
consistent turnaround times for making decisions; requiring health insurers to
publish parameters for when prior authorization must be obtained; and reducing
miscommunication between providers and insurers. The PAFP will continue to
advocate for passage of S.B. 225 in the House this year. Read the patient/provider coalition press release
SCOTUS RULINGS PAFP Responds
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) has been scrutinizing the potential legal effects of the United States Supreme Court Rulings and will be closely monitoring reactions from the White House, our Governor and state legislative leaders. The PAFP has long honored the American Academy of Family Physicians’ policy on reproductive and maternity health services. The PAFP will work with stakeholders to best reflect the views of Pennsylvania’s family physician community and the patients they serve, protecting the sanctity of the physician/patient relationship.
PAFP Joins Effort at Constitutional Amendment on Venue
The prospect of the return of “venue shopping” in medical liability cases has led State Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) to introduced House Bill 2660 proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the once used litigation tactic. See additional info.
PAFP Member Appreciation Day at Hersheypark!
Join your fellow PAFP members and their families for a fun-filled day. Enjoy deeply discounted admission tickets (free for ages 2 and under) and a free picnic for members and up to 3 immediate family members. Make a day of it with us on Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 11am to 7pm! See details and register.
Legislation on international medical graduate requirements approved by governor
Gov. Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 245 into law, aligning licensing requirements for international medical graduates (IMGs) with those for U.S. and Canadian medical grads. The legislation permits IMGs to apply for an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Pennsylvania after completing two years of a U.S. residency program, rather than the three years that was formerly required. In a media statement, PAFP President Jason Woloski, MD, stated that these updates to the Medical Practice Act will help increase the number of physicians available to treat patients. Read the PAFP's full statement here.
Report Highlights Need for Increased Investment in Primary Care
PAFP recognizes the work of the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) in response to House Resolution 625 of 2020 that called for an examination of medical student choice in primary care within Pennsylvania’s nine medical schools. Among other recommendations, the JSGC Report calls for greater investment in and expansion of the state’s existing primary care pipeline programs, which aligns with the PAFP’s work to advance the specialty of family medicine within the Commonwealth. Read the report.