Governor Wolf signs Executive Order providing medical liability immunity for health care providers: big first step with miles to go
On May 6
, Governor Wolf signed an
providing medical liability protections for “good faith efforts” while practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this is an important first step in affording additional protections for health care providers during this unprecedented time, this order is not a blanket protection for all physicians.
NOTE: Those healthcare providers practicing in an outpatient setting or in private practice are not covered by the order.
Our colleagues at the PA Medical Society have led this effort. Although the current Executive Order does not cover all physicians in all practice settings, it is our understanding that the Wolf Administration will be providing additional guidance and potentially additional protections for those within private practice and within outpatient settings.
Wolf Administration creates plan to build a Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania
As part of Governor Wolf’s commitment to his
Mental Health Matters: Reach Out PA
initiative, the Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR) was created to protect our most vulnerable citizens. On May 7
, that office announced the creation of a volunteer think tank to work towards making our commonwealth a trauma-informed state. A copy of the press release and an Executive Order detailing this initiative is enclosed
Member shares thoughts on COVID-19
The Society is one of the founding members of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council (PPLC). In the event you are not familiar with the PPLC, it was created during the tenure of PA Department of Public Welfare (now Department of Human Services) Secretary Estelle Richman to focus on public service psychiatry across the commonwealth. The PPLC has an advocacy arm as well: The Coalition for the CommonHealth. Kenneth Thompson, MD, past president for our Pittsburgh chapter and former APA Area 3 representative, serves as the PPLC Medical Director.
Here is a link
to an article he recently wrote on
related to the COVID-19 pandemic.