Monday, May 10, 2010


For many folks, SOP is a means of using bread or a bread like product, to absorb and transfer gravy, soup, or other food items of varying viscosity, to their mouth (e.g. "He used his biscuit to sop up the gravy on his plate.".) That's fine and dandy, but what is NOT "fine and dandy" is a different kind of SOPP, one with an extra P which I assume is for perverseness.

and Resolution 814 are issues that, if you are a health care provider, you NEED to know about, and as the Old Doctor John B who tends to be an information dissemination machine, listen well my friends and you should hear something you may learn to fear.

So, what the heck is "SOPP"? Let's start out by visiting a page from Nurse Anesthetists, who advocate for patient's rights (as do I) about their opposition to SOPP. http://www.aana.com/cpr.aspx

"Listed below is a joint statement endorsed by 33 healthcare organizations, including the AANA, that have united as the Coalition for Patients' Rights (CPR). The coalition opposes the Scope of Practice Partnership led by the American Medical Association (AMA), as well as AMA Resolution 814 that was adopted in November 2005 (the statement below includes additional background information). Mitch Tobin, AANA Senior Director of Professional Practice Affairs, was on a work group that helped develop the joint statement. Also found below is a press release concerning CPR and the joint statement. Christopher Bettin, AANA Senior Director of Communications, served on the PR work group that developed the press release. A media teleconference regarding these activities occurred on June 8, 2006. Tobin participated on the teleconference, as did representatives of the American Nurses Association and the American Psychological Association."
And, in the press release:
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2006; Updated September 19, 2006
For more information
Contact Christopher Bettin

Coalition for Patients' Rights (CPR)
Calls on AMA to Cease Divisive Efforts to Limit
Patients' Choice of Providers
33 healthcare organizations* unite to ensure patients a full range of
healthcare provider options and the right to choose among them
Washington, DC – In response to divisive efforts by the American Medical Association (AMA) and other physician groups to limit the ability of licensed healthcare professionals to provide care to millions of patients, the newly formed Coalition for Patients’ Rights (CPR) today urged all healthcare professionals to work together to counter the AMA’s actions.
The CPR was formed to ensure that the growing needs of the American health system can be met and that patients have access to quality healthcare providers of their choice. The coalition represents more than 3 million licensed professionals who provide a diverse array of safe, effective and affordable healthcare services.
In a joint statement endorsed by the 33 healthcare groups* that comprise the coalition, the CPR expressed concern about the negative impact on patients if their ability to seek care from advanced practice nurses, psychologists, nurse midwives, chiropractors, and many other licensed, qualified healthcare providers is limited. The coalition is calling on the AMA and other physician groups aligned with the AMA to cease their divisive efforts to oppose the established practice rights of CPR members. The coalition also seeks an end to legislation at the state level that would reduce provider options for patients.
The CPR is especially concerned about efforts by the AMA and other physician groups that have formed the "Scope of Practice Partnership" to study the work and qualifications of "allied health professionals" in rural and underserved areas.
"Limiting the ability of healthcare professionals to practice and provide appropriate care will place an enormous burden on the healthcare system," remarked Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN, President of the American Nurses Association, which is a member of the coalition. "As leaders of the health community, this coalition seeks to maintain the broadest range of provider choices for everyone," said Blakeney.
The coalition questions the objectives of the AMA and other physician organizations when they seek to advise consumers, regulators, policymakers and insurers on the ability of other healthcare professionals to offer the services they are allowed by law to provide. Healthcare providers are a critical source of care for patients throughout the United States, especially those who live in rural areas and medically underserved urban areas. Historically, people who live in rural areas have relied on a strong array of practitioners to meet their healthcare needs. Advanced practice registered nurses, social workers, and other professions that require rigorous educational preparation and ongoing instruction and certification are the backbone of not just the rural healthcare system, but the entire healthcare structure in the United States.
"Organizations representing medical doctors (MDs) and doctors of osteopathy (DOs) are not in the best position to conduct a balanced and fair assessment of an issue that directly affects their reimbursement," said Mitchell H. Tobin, JD, Senior Director of Professional Practice Affairs for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, also a member of the coalition.
The coalition asserts that the AMA’s actions affect the entire healthcare community and all current and potential patients.
"Healthcare professionals other than MDs and DOs have been key to assuring access to care for millions of patients in rural and underserved areas.  Given the difficulty that so many people have in getting needed care, now is the time for all healthcare professions to work together, not to work against each other to meet the need," said Dr. Russ Newman, Executive Director for Professional Practice for the American Psychological Association.    
The Coalition for Patients’ Rights is continuing to expand and invites other healthcare organizations to join. For more information about the Coalition for Patients’ Rights, please visit www.patientsrightsnow.org.
* As of June 6, 2006

List of Coalition for Patients' Rights Members and Contacts
 Organization  Contact Name  Phone Number
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners  Nancy McMurrey  512-276-5903
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association of Colleges of Nursing  Robert Rosseter  202-463-6930
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses  Marilyn Petterson  949-362-2020
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists  Christopher Bettin  847-655-1143
American Association of Oriental Medicine
American Chiropractic Association 
American College of Nurse-Midwives  240-485-1800
American College of Nurse Practitioners  202-659-2190
American Nephrology Nurses Association  856-256-2320
American Nurses Association  Laura Diamond  301-628-5020
American Physical Therapy Association  Rachel Reiter  703-706-8548
American Psychological Association  Luana Bossolo  202-336-5898
American Psychiatric Nurses Association  Gail Kincaide  866-243-2443
American Speech-Language Hearing Association  301-897-0104
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses  847-375-4710
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals
Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses  202-261-2400
California Optometric Association
Emergency Nurses Association  Meredith Klein  312-751-4197
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association 
Integrated Health Policy Consortium
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Christine Carson Filipovich  717-234-6799
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners  Karen Kelly-Thomas  856-857-9700
National League for Nursing  212-363-5555
National Nursing Centers Consortium  215-731-7140
National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health  202-543-9693
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties   202-289-8044
Oncology Nursing Society  Karen Hochberg  412-859-6236
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association  Sue Koob  608-250-2440
Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society  Nicolette Zuecca  856-439-0500

Since this blog will be dedicated to informing others on SOPP and "Resolution 814" we will describe this more as time goes on.

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