The American Medical Association (AMA) must protect physicians' scope of practice by making sure federal funding for graduate medical education (GME) does not go to non-physicians, several members of the AMA's House of Delegates said Sunday.
"I've had the privilege of training mid-level [providers] and medical students for many years," said Ramin Manshadi, MD, a delegate from Stockton, California, speaking for himself at the virtual special meeting of the House of Delegates, adding that the difference in knowledge between the two groups "is quite vast."
The goal of nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs "is to take over the practice of medicine," he continued. "We need to be proactive and adapt by first increasing the funding for GME and systematically increase the number of medical schools. We need to uphold the integrity of our profession and deliver the best care possible for our patients. This resolution is appropriate and timely, and we need to support it..."
Physicians discussed the best way to advocate for new flexibilities in telemedicine granted to patients and clinicians due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the American Medical Association virtual Special Meeting of its House of Delegates.
Whether in response to mandatory quarantines or patients' concern for their own risk of transmitting the virus, many more patients are choosing telemedicine, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has encouraged that shift in care by relaxing many of the restrictions that typically limit patient access to telemedicine...