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    Posted: Aug 09 2006 at 5:46pm
This is the first post in the new "Official" PA Gov. Relations Thread.

Today, John Mitchell and I traveled to Harrisburg to meet with the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. They had requested a perfusionist to meet with them and explain perfusion and the benfits of licensure. John and I did just that. We were very well received and left with the support of the board. In addition, Commisioner Basil Merenda of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Bureau was in attendance. He is the commisioner of all licensure boards in Pennsylvania, from Accountants to Veterinarians. He stated that he supported our legislation and that he was "surprised we weren't already regulated." In addition, the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, (POMA), leant their support, (with a few minor changes, mostly terminology, see below), to our bills. Afterwards, we met with several people from other Allied Health Professions, who are currently licensed by the State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (Physician Assistant's and Athletic Trainers). These folks have been through the process we're going through and were very helpful and supportive.

Next week, we are scheduled to testify before the House Professional Licensure Committee. We will be giving the same testimony there. Commisioner Merenda will also be testifying as well as a representative from the PA Hospital Association, who will also state their support of our billls. In addition, the Pennsylvania Medical Society will testify that they support our bills. In the process of gathering all this support, we have found it necessary to add some amendments to the bills:

-- The first amendment requires the state of Pennsylvania to direct all licensing fees collected from perfusionists back to the Board that collects it, instead of channeling into the general funds of the state.

-- The second amendment requires reciprocity between the Boards. IOW, if one board takes a disciplinary action against a perfusionist, they are required to notify the other board of the action. This eliminates the possibility of a perfusionist losing a license on one board and simply applying for a license from the other board.

-- The third amendment deals with CEU requirements for license renewal. At the advice of a Georgia perfusionist, we did not specify the exact CEU's required, nor the annual cycle of renewals, expecting that we could work with the regulatory process to get the annual cycle to "match" the ABCP's three-year cycle. We were informed today by Com. Merenda today that *all* renewal cycles in PA are two-year cycles and it won't be changed. Many professions have 3-year cycles and they just have to work within the context of 2 different cycles. As we go forward, I will try to get the PSPS to assist perfusionists in PA by providing CEU opportunities scheduled to coincide with the two-year cycle.

-- The fourth amendment was requested today by POMA. They requested we insert language stating that all hospital standing orders and protocols dealing with perfusionists be "promulgated and approved by cardiac surgeons." I can't think of any reason to have a problem with that clause, but I'm open to suggestion.

In summation, our licensure initiative has significant momentum. I would encourage all PA perfusionists to join the initiative by joining the PSPS. Just go to the website,, and sign up. If you don't have a current membership card, it's because you are not a member, so sign up now. We need your support, both financial and substantive.

Even if you don't want to join, at least sign up to be in our database so we can send you the information you'll need to ensure you meet the regulatory and statutory requirements.

Thanks for reading.

Craig Gassmann, CCP
Chairman, GRC, PSPS
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