Thursday, February 2, 2017

Scope of practice

Goal: To recognize the importance of physician-led patient care teams and the contribution ALL make to patient care.

  • Every session there are 30 to 50 bills filed to expand the scope of practice of non-physician practitioners — from direct access to independent prescribing.
  • Only physicians can render a medical diagnosis. It’s called the practice of medicine.
  • Scope issues are emotional and hyperbolic….but always come down to patient safety, practitioner education, training, and skill set.
  • TMA remains intent on reining in licensing boards who expand scope through rule, not legislation