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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 23, 2019 12:39 PM
From: Senator John R. Gordner
To: All Senate members
Subject: Allowing Physicians to Utilize a Designee for Preparation of Written Agreements
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that would allow a physician to appoint a designee to assist with the input of information relating to written agreements into the Department of State’s new online PALS licensing system.

Currently, written agreements are submitted in paper form, after being approved and signed by the supervising physician. Many health care entities, such as Geisinger in my district, have a credentialing department that serves to pull all of the required information together for approval by the physician. This allows the physician to focus more on patient care, rather than bureaucratic paperwork.

With the new online PALS system being phased in, physicians must physically enter their own information into the system, which can be time consuming. These designees will no longer be allowed to do the background work. The Department indicates that a change in the current law is required in order to continue to allow this to happen with the new system.

My two pieces of legislation will amend the Medical Practice Act and the Osteopathic Practice Act to specifically allow a physician to designate another person to enter written agreements and the related documentation into the PALS system.

This legislation does NOT eliminate the current requirement that the physician must review and, ultimately, sign off on any written agreement that the physician enters into.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation.

Document #1

Introduced as SB698

Description: This bill will amend the Medical Practice Act, as described above.

Document #2

Introduced as SB699

Description: This bill would amend the Osteopathic Medical Act, as described above.