AACU News & Notes
AACU Objects to Scope of Practice Expansion in Executive Order
posted: November 5, 2019
In response to an Executive Order signed by President Trump on October 4, the AACU signed onto a letter to the Secretary of the Health & Human Services (HHS) Department opposing certain provisions of the directive that threaten patient safety and alter reimbursement rates.
The letter, authored by the American Medical Association and signed by more than 100 national and state medical societies, called attention to a section of the proposal related to the supervision and reimbursement of non-physician professionals.
The order would weaken, or potentially eliminate, regulations that require physician oversight of nurse practitioners and physician assistants, a critical safeguard for the safety of Medicare patients, and a cornerstone of team-based patient care.
The proposal would also authorize HHS to adopt regulations that alter the reimbursement rate of physicians and non-physicians as established under the Social Security Act. The letter asserts that such changes require congressional action, not regulatory rulemaking.
As discussions continue between the White House and Congress in regards to the implementation of these rules, AACU will monitor the situation and report key developments to our members.
AACU Advocacy Priority
Work Force — Scope of Practice
Allowing practitioners to perform procedures they simply aren’t trained to do can only lead to unpredictable outcomes, higher costs and greater fragmentation of care.