AMA to draft model scope legislation
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 5, 2004
With states every year contending with health care workers who are not medical doctors trying to expand their scope of practice, the AMA Advocacy Resource Center will continue to make sure they have the tools to combat efforts that physicians see as being dangerous to patients.
The House of Delegates asked the resource center to continue to work with state and specialty societies to draft model legislation ensuring that training, experience and demonstrated competence determine a nonphysician's scope of practice. The information will be distributed to state medical and specialty societies.
"Training and expertise are key," Altoona, Pa., hand surgeon Andrew W. Gurman, MD, testified during the AMA's December 2003 meeting. "If we establish reasonable guidelines for training, it is real advocacy for our patients."
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/01/05/prbf0105.htm.