Pennsylvania Medical Society Quarterly Legislative Update – September 2015

Pennsylvania Medical SocietyBy J. Scot Chadwick, Legislative Counsel

As of this writing, Pennsylvania’s state budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year is nearly three months overdue, with little indication that Gov. Wolf and legislative leaders are getting any closer to reaching an agreement on taxes and spending. Of course, the situation could change quickly, and hopefully by the time you read this there will be some sort of breakthrough.         In the meantime, school districts and social service agencies are beginning to feel the pain that comes with the lack of their annual state funding.

However, the state budget stalemate has not prevented legislative and regulatory action on other issues, many of which are health care-related. Following is an update on some of those actions that have occurred over the summer. Continue reading

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September 2015 BULLETIN Available Online

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Special Report ……………….. 372
Magee Guyana project
Daniel R. Lattanzi, MD

Materia Medica ……………….. 382
Lung cancer screening: The door to earlier treatment
Ashley Domyan
Sabina M. Vaichys
Karen Fancher, PharmD, BCOP

Legal Report ………………….. 386
CMS proposes new Stark Law exceptions
Michael A. Cassidy, Esq.

Special Report ……………….. 388
Next Level Advocacy Seminar: Physicians as political power players
Bryan Troop

Special Report ……………….. 390
Allegheny County Health Department: Updates on infectious disease issues
Vivian Liang
Jennifer Fiddner
Kristen Mertz

Financial Health …………….. 392
Are doctors the worst investors?
Gary S. Weinstein, MD, FACS

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Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting for Mandated Reporters – Updated

Recent legislation has changed how Pennsylvania responds to child abuse. These changes significantly impact the reporting, investigation, assessment, prosecution and judicial handling of child abuse and neglect cases.



Keep Kids Safe http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/ KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov,
is designed to serve as the hub for information related to critical
components impacting child protection including a link for mandated
reporters to make reports of suspected child abuse electronically,
training on child abuse recognition and reporting, information related
to clearances and general information related to child protection.
Overview of Criminal and Child
Abuse History Clearance Requirements
www.pamedsoc.org A series of new and revised
Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) requirements went into effect on
Dec. 31, 2014 — among them, changes to the requirement for certain
employees, including physicians, to be screened through criminal and
child abuse history clearances.
Fingerprinting for DHS Clearance https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm Cogent Applicant Fingerprinting Services is the Dept of Human Services approved vendor.
Training programs
Pennsylvania Child Welfare
Resource Center
www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu Online

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive
Reporting in Pennsylvania

Online Training

Cost: Free

Added bonus, reports completed status directly to PA Board of Licensure

Start the Heart Training Center,
www.starttheheart.com In-person training

Call 724-622-7229 for on-site pricing

Three Rivers Adoption Council http://www.3riversadopt.org/ In-person training

Contact :

Jacqueline Wilson

412-471-8722 x 211

for details and cost.

Current listing of Approved Courses for Child Abuse
Recognition and Reporting Training for Mandated Reporters


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