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APRN and PA Scope of Practice Rules Draw Fire

Wednesday, January 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Jordan
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Physicians and their associations have lobbied against SOP (scope of practice) reform based on quality of care concerns. "Opponents contend that quality of care may suffer under the direction of a non-physician practitioner, citing the shorter length of training and clinical experience required," the researchers wrote.


There is no evidence to support the quality of care claim, the researchers wrote. "The academic literature finds no evidence of harm to patients associated with less-restrictive SOP laws."


If there is no quality concern, then there is no justification for restrictive SOP laws, they wrote.


"When no harm is present, the restrictions serve only to generate artificial barriers to care that ultimately provide physicians with protection from competition, prevent the attainment of system-wide efficiencies, and constrain overall provider capacity."


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