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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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The Calm Before the Storm
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

May 24, 2019 

As we prepare cookouts and enjoy time with our friends and family this coming weekend celebrating Memorial Day, legislators will be doing the same. However, the month of June is a notoriously busy time in the Harrisburg halls of state government. This is mainly because a state budget will be due by June 30 (or sometime thereafter) before the General Assembly breaks for the Summer.  This coincides with many bills that will likely see movement in the legislative process, some helpful to DOs and their patients, and some, not so much. 

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POMA is Busy Protecting and Promoting DOs in Harrisburg

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

June 7, 2019 

The Pennsylvania General Assembly came out of the gates running as multiple Committees conducted business and moved legislation dealing with healthcare issues POMA is either involved in or monitoring closely.

POMA started Monday of this week by sending an email to DOs throughout the state asking them to get involved and write their Senator to oppose Senate Bill 25, which would provide independent medical practice for CRNPs. It is possible the full Senate could vote the bill as soon as next week, mounting pressure on the House to do something on the bill. POMA is working hard on the Hill to stave off this effort.

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POMPAC Schedules Reception Honoring State Representative During Clinical Assembly
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

April 17, 2019 

POMPAC is POMA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) which receives contributions from DOs and in turn, uses those donations to support state legislative candidates who are supportive of DOs and the care they provide. POMPAC can be viewed as the political arm of POMA.  It is illegal to use POMA funds to make donations to the PAC.  As a result, contributions must come from individual POMA members who recognize the value in supporting POMPAC because it will enhance POMA’s advocacy efforts.   

POMPAC has scheduled a fundraising reception in honor of State Representative Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre) House Republican Whip. The reception will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6:15-7:15 at the Annual Clinical Assembly with a donation set at $150. Rep. Benninghoff has been a supporter of POMA’s advocacy issues for many years.

This has not been attempted in the recent past and POMPAC is trying to make this event as successful as possible. Please consider joining us during the Clinical Assembly as POMA flexes its political muscle!  - Click here for more information       

 

Senate Committee Moves CRNP Independent Practice Bill
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

April 4, 2019

The Pennsylvania Senate Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure approved Senate Bill 25 with two no votes. SB 25 provides CRNPs with independent practice by removing the collaborative agreement requirement with a physician when a CRNP is making acts of medical diagnosis and prescribing.

POMA officially thanked the two Senators voting no of whom included Senator John Gordner (R-Columbia) and Senator Mike Regan (R-Cumberland). POMA also thanks those DOs that answered the call to action that was sent to them using our new advocacy software, VoterVOICE! We targeted only those DOs who live in the districts of targeted Senators. Over 300 DOs answered this call! It is too early to tell if SB 25 will be voted on by the full Senate. If POMA believes a Senate vote is imminent, we will send a new action alert for POMA members to contact their Senators. Please stay tuned…

 

 

Pennsylvania Auditor General Focuses in on Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers (PBMs)
Written by Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Association Affairs, Andy Sandusky

March 21, 2019

This week, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale testified in a legislative hearing of the House Health Committee about his report, “Bringing Transparency & Accountability to Drug Pricing.” Auditor General DePasquale’s report shows how Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers (PBMs) - or middle men - impact the costs of prescription drugs, and in many cases, PBMs are making the cost of prescriptions higher.

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