Scope of Practice Protections
About the Issue
ASPS believes that federal law should be compatible with states that require physician supervision in scope of practice and licensure laws. We oppose congressional efforts to allow non-physicians to perform outside of their scope of practice and training. Over the past year, there have been increased attempts to include scope of practice expansions in Veteran's Health Administration and telemedicine proposals in a misguided effort to increase patients access to quality care. The Society has condemned these efforts because we know that expanding non-physician scope of practice does not increase access to care in underserved areas.
1 The AMA Health Workforce Mapper, 1995-2020. https://www.ama- assn.org/about/health-workforce-mapper.
Questions to Ask the Candidates
- Do you oppose laws that expand scope of practice to allow NPs and PAs practice without collaborating with a doctor?
- Will you support the physician-led team model of healthcare?