Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Department of Treasury and the Department of Labor released a report titled “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition.” The report outlined several controversial proposals regarding expanding the scope of practice for nonphysician providers and changing the funding of the graduate medical education program.
Lawmakers continue to write bills that will affect you and your patients. Data shows that expansion of independent practice rights for nonphysician providers can lead to patients being prescribed more drugs than if they saw a physician. It can also lead to unnecessary diagnostic imaging and lower-quality referrals to specialists. While this data will help the AOA in its advocacy efforts, we also need to hear from you.
Lawmakers need to hear stories of how this has affected their constituents. Have you seen a patient whose health was negatively impacted by care from a nonphysician health care provider? Have your patients experienced unnecessary costs because a nonphysician provider ordered unnecessary diagnostic imaging or tests? Have your patients been prescribed drugs that they didn’t need? Tell the AOA today so we can better address these issues.
Tell your story here.
The AOA opposes any legislation or regulations which would authorize the independent practice of medicine by an individual who has not completed the state’s requirements for physician licensure. The organization has been actively pushing back against scope of practice expansion efforts and has been successful in preventing them in several states.