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Dear Members,

September 2014

NEW CE REQUIREMENTS FOR FUNERAL DIRECTORS -- EFFECTIVE AFTER THE FIRST LICENSE RENEWAL AFTER JANUARY 1, 2015. Act 31 of 2014 mandates continuing education training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements for funeral directors and all health-related licensees.

Beginning January 1, 2015, funeral directors will be required to have two (2) continuing education credit hours on child abuse as part of their ongoing requirement for six (6) CE credit hours to renew their funeral director licenses. You will need two (2) CE credits on child abuse every license renewal cycle. This means that before February 1, 2016 you will need to obtain two (2) CE credits in child abuse in order to renew your license. PFDA will offer licensed funeral directors the required two hours at our 2015 district meetings. In addition, the Department of Public Welfare will be offering child abuse CE programs; however, at this time it is unknown when/where they will be available.

NEW CE REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW LICENSEES----Effective January 15, 2015 all funeral directors applying for an initial license shall be required to complete three hours of the Department of Public Welfare-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure.

Update on Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS) According to Lana Adams, the new Director for the Bureau of Health Statistics and Research, they are currently testing a new release of their software which will give them the ability to pilot EDRS with participants in two counties. They believe the pilot will allow all the partner entities (hospitals, coroners, funeral homes, local registrars, Vital Records, etc.) to test the system and provide feedback for improvement before they expand their participants.

Adams states that they have identified their targeted pilot users in Dauphin and Cumberland counties and they will be notifying them of their next steps in the coming weeks. They expect the pilot program to go-live in early November 2014. Source: Lana R. Adams, Director, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Health Statistics and Research.

Physician Assistant Permitted to Pronounce Death Effective August 1, 2014, a physician assistant is permitted to pronounce death certificates. If you have any questions concerning this Important Notice 2014-01, please follow up with Dianne Jenkins-Papa, Supervisor, Registration and Death Services Unit, djenkinspa@pa.gov; 724-698-2374.

For further information on completing the death certificate, please see the Death Certificate Registration Manual available at the Division of Vital Records website at www.health.state.pa.us/vitalrecords and go to the Data Provider tab on the left side of the page. Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health Important Notice: 2014-01, Funeral Directors, August 1, 2014.

Update on Maryland Transport Regulations The Maryland Attorney General has issued an opinion stating that the inspection of removal vehicles by the state board is legal. PA funeral directors have until September 15th to apply for a Maryland transport permit in order for them to be approved by the Maryland State Board of Morticians and Funeral Directors at their October meeting.

According to the board administrator, the times/dates for the inspections will be posted on the board's website after their Board meeting on September 10th. The inspection sites will be located around the state convenient to their borders. Should you have any questions please text the Board cell phone at (443) 618-3040.

Proposed Regulatory Changes At the August meeting of the State Board of Funeral Directors, two proposed regulations were introduced. 16A –4821 would license limited liability corporations and 16A-4822 would regulate the fictitious name of a funeral home. We will keep you informed as those regulations proceed through the regulatory process.

PFDA CE Certificate of Attendance Records Repository Now Online PFDA's new CE Certificate of Attendance Online Repository makes it easier for funeral directors to track their continuing education credits for courses they have taken at programs offered by PFDA.

Certificates of Attendance for CE programs conducted by PFDA from 2008 to the present are now available online. Funeral directors can login and view and download their certificates of attendance. The instructions for accessing your CE records on the PFDA website can be found at http://www.pfda.org/your-ce-records. If you have questions, or need assistance with your login, contact PFDA at 800-692-6068.

Congratulations Jo Ann! After 12 years of dedicated service, our paralegal/meetings planner has decided to retire! Jo Ann Borsic will transition from employment sometime in October, once she has trained her replacement. Jo Ann has decided to take more time lounging by the pool, cruising and traveling to football games.

For those of you who know her, you can imagine that hers will be big shoes to fill. She has been my "right hand" and I and we will miss her terribly. But – we all wish her luck and health for the fun days ahead. Should you wish to bid Jo Ann farewell, you can email her at joann@pfda. Or send her a card at PFDA. Kathleen Ryan, Esquire, PFDA General Counsel.

Meet PFDA's Newest Employee: Donna Centofanti-Felty Donna will be joining PFDA as the meetings planner on September 15. Donna has worked as the Convention Service Manager/Sales Director at the Holiday Inn in Grantville for the past 17 years. She brings a wealth of experience in the events area. She was our contact for arranging meetings and our annual convention at the Holiday Inn, so she brings a familiarity with our membership.

Donna's Bachelor degree is from Lebanon Valley College where she majored in English, Communications Concentration. She obtained a Master's degree in Communications/Journalism from Shippensburg University.

New Report Confirms Formaldehyde as Known Carcinogen A new report from the National Academies' National Research Council has upheld the national toxicology Program 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), finding that formaldehyde can cause several forms of cancer, including myeloid leukemia as well as nose and sinus cavity tumors. Careful control of formaldehyde exposure in the preparation room continues to be of utmost importance to protect the health and safety of embalmers.

The committee that wrote the Research Council report found that the listing is supported by sufficient evidence from human studies that indicates a causal relationship between exposure to the chemical and at least one type of human cancer. The committee reached the same conclusion after conducting both a peer review of the RoC and an independent assessment of the formaldehyde literature.


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September 8 - DuBois*
September 9 - Erie
September 10 – Pittsburgh*
September 11 – Altoona*
September 15 – Philadelphia
September 16 – Allentown
September 17 – Wilkes-Barre*
September 18 - Harrisburg*

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2013 Statistics Reveal Decrease in Funeral Home Operating Costs For more than 70 years Federated Funeral Directors of America (FFDA) has been complying statistical averages that reflect the operating results of its funeral home clients. The figures for 2013 are based on an analysis of more than 200,000 services conducted by nearly 1,400 firms located in 43 states, ranging from small, rural concerns to large, urban operations.

Trends in the Last 20 Years

Average Sale, Regular Adult Funeral (Services & Casket)

1995 $3,819.17
2003 $5,374.67
2013 $6,741.85

Average Operation Cost/Adult Funeral

1995 $2,823.03
2003 $4,105.72
2013 $5,103.92

Average Operation Cost to Selling Price

1995 73.92%
2003 76.39%
2013 75.70%

Average Casket Cost

1995 $652.18
2003 $891.12
2013 $1,101.56

Percentage of Casket Cost to Selling Price

1995 17.07%
2003 16.58%
2013 16.34%

Average Profit Before Income Taxes

1995 $343.96
2003 $377.83
2013 $536.37

Percentage of Profit to Average Sale

1995 9.01%
2003 7.03%
2013 7.96%

The 2013 Adult Funeral Selection

Average Gross Sale to Family, Adult Funeral .............................. ........................ $9, 163.35
Average of Cash Advanced Items, for the Convenience of Client ........................ $1,088.14
Average Sale of Vault, Clothing & Additional Service Requirements .................... $1,333.36
Average Selling Price, Regular Adult Funeral ........................................................ $6,741.85

Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in Funeral Homes The Georgia Funeral Directors Association has shared with us guidelines received from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for handling human remains with Ebola. The guidelines are very specific and include a notice that Ebola patients SHOULD NOT be embalmed. Ebola virus can be transmitted in postmortem care settings by laceration and puncture with contaminated instruments used during postmortem care, through direct handling of human remains without appropriate personal protective equipment, and through splashes of blood or other body fluids to unprotected mucosa which occur during postmortem care.

The specific information on infection control for mortuary care personnel is available for download on our website at www.pfda.org/infectious_diseases_ebola.

Congratulations PIMS on Your 75th Anniversary --- What a wonderful milestone! We extend our very best wishes for what has been achieved and for what is ahead in education for mortuary science students. The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science will celebrate its 75th anniversary reunion with a reception and dinner starting at 6:00 pm on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh. There will be an open house on September 13th at PIMS from 10am – 2pm. For more information on this special celebration visit www.pims.edu.

"Music Webcasting License" The music license that NFDA offers NFDA members and also state association members (PFDA) covers the performance of music (live or recorded) that is played at any funeral service, whether at the funeral home or at another facility as long as it is performed in connection with some type of funeral or memorial service or ceremony.

While the music license covers performance, a different license is required for a funeral home to broadcast musical performances over the Internet. Funeral homes that offer funeral webcasting services are violating copyright laws when they broadcast over the Internet any funeral services that contain copyrighted music.

You can obtain a webcasting license that enables you to legally broadcast funeral services that include copyrighted music over the Internet from NFDA. Visit www.nfda.org for more information on the cost per website and how to obtain this license.

In Memoriam

Wilma Meyers "Rooster" "Killer" Miller, 93, of Somerset and Rockwood, died on July 18, 2014 at the In Touch Hospice House, Somerset. She is survived by her husband, Wilbert, a licensed funeral director and founder of the family business in Somerset; and her son, Wallace Miller, owner/operator of the Miller Funeral Home & Crematory with locations in Somerset and Rockwood and daughter-in-law, Arlene Miller, funeral supervisor of the funeral home in Rockwood.

Richard E. Hauger, 92, of Somerset, died July 20, 2014 at the In Touch Hospice House, Somerset. He was a licensed funeral director and the former owner/operator of the Hauger Funeral Home.

Carroll E. Frock, 84, of Hanover, died on July 22, 2014 at his home. His son, Michel Frock, is the Director of Sales Development for the Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company.

Kent J. Reese, 82, formerly of Camp Hill, died August 26, 2014, at Maplewood Assisted Living, Bethany Village, Lower Allen Township. He was a retired funeral director and owner of the former Reese Funeral Home in Harrisburg.
Complete obituary is available on the PFDA website at www.pfda.org

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