Healthcare Professional Group Opposes SOPP and AMA Resolution Approach
AACN has joined other organizations representing more than 3 million healthcare professionals in declaring that the Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP) formed by various physician organizations, as well as a related American Medical Association resolution, are unnecessary actions that will impede patient access to quality care. The Coalition for Patients’ Rights group, including AACN, has called on the SOPP member organizations to cease their divisive efforts and, instead, work collaboratively to advance the health and well-being of patients.
It is inappropriate for physician organizations to advise consumers, legislators, regulators, policy makers or payers regarding the scope of practice of licensed healthcare professionals whose practice is authorized in statutes other than medical practice acts. The erroneous assumption that physician organizations should determine what is best for other licensed healthcare professionals is an outdated line of thinking that does not serve today’s patients.
The SOPP is a coalition that the AMA formed to assist various physician organizations facing scope of practice “battles.” In a related action, the AMA House of Delegates adopted a resolution in “Limited Licensure Health Care Provider Training and Certification Standards.” The resolution calls for a study of the “qualifications, education, academic requirements, licensure, certification, independent governance, ethical standards, disciplinary processes, and peer review of the limited licensure health care providers, and limited independent practitioners as identified by the SOPP.
“Our organizations set the highest standards for patient safety, and numerous studies demonstrate that our members provide safe, high quality care,” the organizations said in a news release. “Neither the SOPP nor (AMA) Resolution 814 cite any credible evidence that the scopes of practice of our members are unsafe, problematic, or warrant special scrutiny or study.
“To the contrary, our members are filling a vital need in this country. With shortages in various areas of healthcare, and more than 45 million uninsured Americans, our members are the solution to this country’s healthcare challenges, not the problem. Some physician organizations have characterized our efforts to enhance our scopes of practice as a “threat.” Far from that, with America’s population aging, we are the answer to the challenge of keeping pace with the demand for quality healthcare services. Now is the time to encourage the increased use of all available healthcare professionals to meet the growing demand for affordable, high quality care.”
For more information about this effort, go to www.patientsrightscoalition.org/.