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URGENT UPDATE: HB1570 to be voted on Oct. 1st

HB1570 is back and we need your help! Call your PA Representative and Senator before Monday, Oct. 1st.

We have just learned that H.B. 1570 is going to be voted on this Monday, October 1st! Please use the talking points below to call your PA Representative and Senator by the end of THIS WEEK!

Let’s send a clear message to Harrisburg that this bill SHOULD NOT be passed without the DeLissio amendment and NOT with the Cutler amendment.

Background:
House Bill 1570 began as a bill to help hospitals. It now contains an amendment, added at the urging of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, that prevents hospitals from giving full medical staff privileges to anyone except doctors, dentists and podiatrists. Further, it requires medical staff to have ultimate responsibility for each patient’s care in hospital facilities. This creates supervisory conditions of practice for all midwives and nurse-practitioners.

Stay tuned for updates on our Facebook page and thank you for your help!

To find your representative and senator click here.

What You Should Do To Show Your Support for Midwives:

• Call your representative and senator ask him/her to vote NO to HB1570, unless the DeLissio Amendment, which removes limitations on membership in the medical staff, is passed and to vote NO on the Cutler amendment which would require hospitals to apply for an exemption and would place an unnecessary legal burden on hospitals that is time-consuming and costly.

• Tell her/him that a bill that actively DENIES medical privileges to independent practitioners (like midwives) and would limit access to care across the state.

• Talk to your friends and family across Pennsylvania and ask them to join you in your opposition to HB 1570 by calling their representatives.

Thank you for taking the time to join us in ensuring that midwives and other independent practitioners are not denied staff medical privileges by law in Pennsylvania.

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Please join us in asking our PA State Representatives to vote NO on HB 1570!

Voting on this bill is expected this week. PLEASE CALL TODAY.

Background:
House Bill 1570 began as a bill to help hospitals. It now contains an amendment, added at the urging of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, that prevents hospitals from giving full medical staff privileges to anyone except doctors, dentists and podiatrists. Further, it requires medical staff to have ultimate responsibility for each patient’s care in hospital facilities. This creates supervisory conditions of practice for all midwives and nurse-practitioners.

What the experts say:
• The Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others, advocate for increased use of CRNPs, CNMs, and CRNAs in hospital settings. This model of care allows for cost-savings and effective care, allowing physicians to focus on the medically complex patients.
• The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations recommends that hospitals should grant medical staff privileges to all Licensed Independent Practitioners, such as CRNPs, CNMs and CRNAs.
• CMS (The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) also strongly encourages hospitals to "broaden the concept of medical staff through appointment of non physician practitioners," thus saving $330 million annually across the country.

What You Should Do To Show Your Support for Midwives:
• Call your representative and ask him/her to vote NO to HB1570, unless the provision restricting hospital privileges for midwives is removed.
• Tell her/him that a bill that actively DENIES medical privileges to independent practitioners (like midwives) is the wrong move for Pennsylvania.
• Talk to your friends and family in Pennsylvania and ask them to join you in your opposition to HB 1570 by calling their representatives.

To find your representative click here.

Thank you for taking the time to join us in ensuring that midwives and other independent practitioners are not denied staff medical privileges by law in Pennsylvania.
 

 

 The Midwife Center Announces Third Stifel Fellow to Meet Growing Demand

The Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health is pleased to announce that Aoife O’Brien, MSN, CNM will join the Center in February 2012 as its third Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellow.

The Midwife Center  developed the Fellowship in 2010 to address the growing demand for its services. Named after the Center’s founding Medical Director’s (Dr. Elizabeth Stifel) mother-in-law, the fellowship was designed for new midwife graduates to have up to a one-year placement at TMC that includes an extended orientation and educational and leadership opportunities. Once the fellow is oriented, she works as a full member of TMC’s provider staff for the remainder of the fellowship. Click to read the full article!

Here's Aoife at her graduation from Columbia University's Midwifery School.

  

UPMC Mercy to stay in-network with Highmark through June 2015

We want to assure clients of The Midwife Center that we intend to stay in network with both Highmark and UPMC Health Plan so that women with these plans can have their services at TMC covered.

We also want to let people know that our primary referral hospital, UPMC Mercy, also currently accepts Highmark and UPMC Health Plan. Because UPMC Mercy signed a consent decree when it took over Mercy several years ago, it will continue to accept Highmark insurance – for both hospital and physician services - until July 2015.  

 

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