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  • 16 May 2017 3:27 PM | Kathy DeWittie (Administrator)

    Common-sense Federal legislation, “Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017”  would repeal the controversial moratorium on expansion and new construction of physician-owned hospitals (POH). Read the AAOS letter here: 2017 POH Coalition Letter FINAL.pdf

  • 02 Nov 2016 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    As the General Assembly’s voting session ends, POS claims a major legislative victory.  HB 2241, legislation to end the odious healthcare insurer practice of clawing back paid claims, unanimously passed the legislature.  Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill in to law November 4. It is now known as Act 146.

    Sponsored by State Representative Karen Boback (R, Luzerne), HB 2241 prohibits insurer retroactive denial of paid claims beyond a 24-month period.  The General Assembly’s actions end a ten-year odyssey that pitted the medical community against the healthcare insurance industry.  POS led the healthcare provider coalition that forged the compromise contained in HB 2241.  

  • 08 Aug 2016 10:44 AM | Anonymous

    As part of the commonwealth’s active role in combatting the opioid epidemic, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) is introducing the new Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP.) The new PA PDMP will provide prescribers and dispensers an additional resource for making informed clinical decisions by providing patients’ schedule II - V prescription history.

    Prescribers (or their delegates) are required to check the PDMP system the first time they are prescribing a controlled substance for a patient, or when there is clinical concern the patient is suffering from the disease of addiction or is diverting a controlled substance(s).  However, as a best clinical practice, the DOH recommends prescribers and dispensers check the system every time. 

    Registration for the PA PDMP will start on Aug. 8, 2016, and the system will be available for query on Aug. 25, 2016. As this date approaches, the PA PDMP office is focusing on educating system users. For more information including tutorials, FAQs and more, and to register, please visit 
    www.doh.pa.gov/PDMP.​


  • 07 Aug 2016 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    Pennsylvania physicians now have access to free child abuse CME that meets the state’s licensure requirements.

    Under the amended Child Protective Services Law (CPSL), all physicians must complete approved training on child abuse recognition and reporting as a condition of licensure.

    • Initial license – Physicians must complete three hours of approved training to obtain an initial license to practice in Pennsylvania.
    • License renewal – Physicians must obtain two hours of approved training each cycle to renew their license.

    Who needs child abuse clearance? Please note that child abuse clearance is entirely separate from the Pennsylvania CME licensure requirement.

  • 01 May 2016 12:06 PM | Anonymous

    The vast majority of opioid prescriptions written by orthopedic surgeons are to control post-operative or traumatic pain in the acute setting.  The Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (POS) recognizes, however, that orthopaedic surgeons need to take measures to minimize opioid medication overuse and to seek and implement alternative management modalities. To that end, our team has created Opioid Recommendations for Acute Pain for use by our members and other physicians. 


  • 06 Dec 2015 12:12 PM | Anonymous

    Governor Wolf signed in to law, Visiting Team Legislation (Acts 73 and 74) that permits out-of-state athletic team medical staffs to treat their players, coaches, and other personnel while engaged in games our tournaments in Pennsylvania!

    For more information, read our recent press release when the bills passed the General Assembly.


  • 04 Dec 2015 12:37 PM | Anonymous
    The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has reported a change in average weekly wage of 1.7%, which boosts provider fees to approximately 228% of 1994 Medicare fees with the exception of new or revised codes. 

    Please email Kathy DeWittie with any fee schedule problems, suggestions for improvement, and any other worker’ comp issues.

  • 01 Dec 2015 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    Attention Highmark Providers!

    Rumors are circulating that sometime in the near future Highmark will NO LONGER BE COVERING articular hyaluronic acid injections for symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee.

    Physicians and Practice Administrators send your comments regarding this potential policy change to:

    David Holmberg, CEO
    Highmark Health
    120 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3099
     
    View 
    POS’s recent letter to Mr. Holmberg


  • 29 Oct 2015 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    End health care insurers' unlimited ability to clawback payments. Contact your representative today!  learn more

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