Our team worked to oppose many pieces of legislation that lower the amount of training or create different standards for different types of independently practicing healthcare providers:
Legislation was introduced to entirely remove the five years of supervised training required before a nurse practitioner may be independently responsible for a patient. This supervision requirement was implemented when autonomous practice was created for NPs in Virginia in 2018 to align the education and training requirements with what physicians get in residency. Ultimately this legislation was defeated after strong opposition from the physician community and leadership from the MSV.
Similar legislation was introduced to remove the physician supervision requirements for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)
Legislation was introduced for the second year in a row to create a new health profession known as Associate Physicians, which are medical school graduates who have passed Step I and Step II but have not completed residency training. Residency programs are an essential pillar of physician education, providing specialized, practical training for 3-7 years and up to 16,000 hours of direct clinical care depending on specialty. The MSV opposed lowering the training standards for practicing medicine. After working closely with the patron, the issue will be studied by the Department of Health Professions and a report will be sent to the General Assembly for consideration in 2024.