Surprise Balance Billing
Emergency physicians believe that all Pennsylvanians should be able to use
the closest and most appropriate emergency department when they have an
acute need; that patients should receive fair insurance coverage and be kept
out of disputes regarding payment of balance bills; and that the emergent
episode of care is unique, as no one can predict where or when they might
require emergency care.
Read the Current Pennsylvania Legislation:
Read SB 678
Read HB 1553
Read PACEP's Resources:
PACEP Balance Billing Talking Points
PACEP FAIR Health Database FAQs (compiled in conjunction with FAIR Health)
Read PACEP's Pennsylvania Emergency Physician Feedback Letter on Senate Bill 678
Article: A Solution to Surprise Medical Billing - When emergency physicians are caught between take-it-or-leave-it contracts and the EMTALA mandate. Read the article.
E-Prescribing - HB 353
PACEP is working with HB 353 (regarding the electronic prescription of Schedule II controlled substances) sponsoring legislators to ensure that emergency situations be taken into account in e-prescribing regulations.
Read HB 353
A warm handoff protocol, developed in partnership by the Pennsylvania departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs as well and the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians, was unveiled Feb. 14 and has been distributed statewide for recommended use by emergency room physicians and other healthcare professionals caring for overdose patients.
View the pathway
Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA)
As part of a collaborative effort to educate and advocate with the PA Congressional delegation on Medicaid expansion and Medicaid financing reform, PACEP signed a group letter asking legislators to vote no to the AHCA.
The current version of the legislation would allow states to apply for waivers to opt out of providing insurance coverage for essential benefits, including emergency care.
Read the Letter
Please join our grassroots advocacy network, the “PACEP 911 Network.” By growing and developing our PACEP 911 Network, we will have a more effective voice in Harrisburg.
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