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PAFP Annual Board Meeting Scheduled for April 2, During FM Essentials Summit in Lancaster

All members are invited to participate in the PAFP’s Annual Business Meeting luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, April 2, at the Lancaster Marriott during the Spring Family Medicine Essentials Summit. The lunch program includes updates from the Board of Directors, plus the annual election of officers. You do not have to be registered for FM Essentials to attend; you may choose to attend just the lunch meeting ($49 fee for lunch only). All active members, resident members and student members are encouraged to vote during the election at the lunch meeting; details about a virtual voting option will be available soon. Register for the lunch meeting now.

 

New 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 report.

 

PAFP applauds movement on "Health in All Policies"

Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) recently issued a cosponsor memo calling for bipartisan support of legislation that would create a Health in All Policies Task Force in Pennsylvania. The PAFP has long touted "Health in All Policies" as a collaborative and commonsense approach to bridging gaps in health care policy across state agencies. Read the PAFP's press release

 

Apply for Pa's Primary Care Loan Repayment Program

The state Dept. of Health has issued their annual request for applications for the Primary Care Loan Repayment Program. Full and half-time two-year contracts will be awarded, up to $80k for full-time physicians. The online application is open now. Deadline to apply is January 12, 2022. For more information and to apply, visit www.health.pa.gov

 

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. 

 

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

  

 

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