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.
PAFP'S SUMMER ADVENTURES CME CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Don't miss our first-ever Summer Adventures CME Conference! Held at Camelback Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania's gorgeous Pocono Mountains, the five-day event is the perfect combination of work and play. Earn 25+ CME credits and enjoy plenty of free time with your family and friends. Did we mention the resort's two water parks? How about the Zip-line and the hiking trails and the escape rooms? Register now — and get ready for a CME conference event like no other!
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 introduction of "Health in All Policies" legislation
Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) introduced Senate Bill 1039, 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 and thanks Sen. Schwank for her support.
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
In 2021, 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.