Last month at the Interim Meeting of its House of Delegates, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted Resolution 214 calling for creation of a national strategy to oppose legislative efforts that grant independent practice to non-physician practitioners through model legislation and national and state level campaigns. Additionally, through the resolution the AMA also resolves to effectively:
Oppose the continual, nationwide efforts to grant independent practice to non-physician practitioners;
Educate the public, legislators, regulators, and healthcare administrators; and
Effectively oppose state and national level legislative efforts aimed at inappropriate scope of practice expansion of non-physician healthcare practitioners, with a report back at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
While these tactics are not new, they have resulted in a number of organizations such as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Nurses Association, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists to issue individual statements calling for the AMA to stop these renewed efforts to restrict patient choice and access to care.
The Coalition for Patients’ Rights (CPR) believes patients want and should have access to a comprehensive choice of health care providers without undue restrictions. We advocate for the ability of all health care professionals to practice to the full extent of their ability, training, certification and licensure, and do not support policies or legislation that limit a patients’ ability to choose their health care provider or their access to high-quality, cost-effective health care.