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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: September 6, 2022 11:00 AM
From: Representative David S. Hickernell and Rep. Frank Burns
To: All House members
Subject: Legislative Fix for Issue Impacting Licensure of Prosthetists, Orthotists, Pedorthists and Orthotic Fitters
In the near future, we will be introducing legislation to amend the Medical Practice Act to fix an issue affecting the licensure of prosthetists, orthotists, pedorthists and orthotic fitters in Pennsylvania.
Section 13.5 of the Medical Practice Act outlines licensure qualifications for prosthetists, orthotists, pedorthists and orthotic fitters.  Currently, the law states that an applicant must be certified by a credentialing organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) to qualify for licensure in Pennsylvania. 
It has recently come to our attention that the only two credentialing organizations for these professions have dropped NCCA accreditation, which has resulted in barring qualified professionals from practicing in the commonwealth due to the existing licensure requirements.  In August alone, there were 10 applications that were provisionally denied by the State Board of Medicine due to not meeting the requirements to be licensed as outlined in the Medical Practice Act.
Our legislation seeks to fix this issue by updating the Medical Practice Act. We hope you will join us to quickly restore prosthetic and orthotic care in Pennsylvania. Thank you in advance for your support and consideration.

Introduced as HB2800