(HARRISBURG) – The State Senate today approved two bills sponsored by Senator Jake Corman (R-34) that would allow visiting out-of-state team physicians to provide care to out-of-state athletes without holding a Pennsylvania medical license.
“Many sports teams in Pennsylvania and around the country have experienced medical personnel who travel to out-of-state sporting events and have established relationships with their athletes,” Corman said. “These team physicians, who are already licensed in their own state, should be able to treat their team athletes on the road without having to go through excess red tape and paperwork.”
Under Senate Bill 685 and Senate Bill 686, team physicians must be licensed in their home state and have an agreement with a sports team to provide care for the team while traveling. In addition, restrictions would be placed on the time visiting team physicians can practice in Pennsylvania.
“Treating athletes at away games has become more and more common for team physicians, who help to make certain that players stay healthy and receive care for injuries throughout the sports season,” Corman said. “These common-sense measures will ensure that team doctors, who have the best knowledge about their players’ health care needs, can treat their players during away games.”
Currently, 21 states allow visiting team physicians to practice in their state without meeting home-state licensing requirements.
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