"Judicial advocacyAlready playing an important role in the SOPP program is the AMA Litigation Center, according to the presentation. Established in 1995 to act as "the voice of America's medical profession in legal proceedings around the country," the AMA Litigation Center has already been involved in more than 150 court cases.
As evidence of the AMA Litigation Center's success, the presentation cites a March 14, 2008, Texas appeals court ruling that found the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners had overstepped its authority by defining podiatrists' practice scope beyond the foot to include the ankle and leg.
The decision came as the result of a 2001 suit filed by the Texas Orthopedic Association against the osteopathic board. The AMA Litigation Center assisted in the action by filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief that outlined the position of organized medicine and by helping to cover legal costs.
Other SOPP initiatives include creation of "rapid response coalitions," and potential collaboration in advocacy efforts with some non-physician groups. SOPP work groups are being established to focus on naturopaths and clinical doctorates for advanced practice nurses. The SOPP membership now includes medical associations in 49 states and the District of Columbia, 14 national medical specialty societies, two national medical associations (the AMA and the American Osteopathic Association), and 16 state osteopathic associations. In addition, several non-physician groups have expressed interest in affiliating with SOPP, according to the AMA presentation."