Pennsylvania Legislation

In what many Pennsylvania physicians feel is a long overdue move, the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner has announced that the Department of Insurance will investigate whether any of Pennsylvania’s Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurers have engaged in anti-competitive behavior in violation of the Unfair Trade Practices act.  According to a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, among

Pennsylvania physicians need to be aware that legislation (House Bill 1405) has once again been introduced in the Pennsylvania House which would severely limit the ability of physicians to refer to entities in which they have investment interests. As drafted, this Bill would create an outright prohibition on the referral by a health

Things appear to be heating up between the lagest health system and the second largest health system in the Pittsburgh health care market.  West Penn Allegheny Health System Inc. has filed and anti-trust lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc., the region’s largest insurer, claiming UPMC and Highmark have conspired to

The Pennsylvania Board of Nursing has published regulations implementing a 2007 law which gives nurse midwives the authority to prescribe, administer, and dispense drugs pursuant to collaborative agreement with a physician. The law and regulations also apply to medical devices, immunizing agents, and laboratory tests.  In order to obtain prescriptive authority, nurse midwives must hold

According to an article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department has apparently unofficially informed Highmark Blue Shield and Independence Blue Cross of certain conditions it will place on the merger.  One condition, according to the Inquirer, would be that the combined company use only the Blue Shield trademark, but cease using the Blue Cross