As a patient, scope of practice proposals may impact you. For example, if you have multiple complex conditions, wouldn’t you feel more comfortable knowing that, even if you did see a CRNP, they could consult with a physician if needed? Legislative proposals such as Senate Bill 25 and HB 100 seek to remove the physician from the health care team altogether. #DontLoseYourDoc
These talking points can help you talk to your state legislators. As a constituent, they value your input.
- I value certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) and other non-physician practitioners as members of my health care team. But, the best patient care occurs when all members of the health care team are working together.
- Every team needs leadership. In the health care setting, that is a physician.
- Even if I do see a CRNP, I want to know that they have direct and immediate access to a physician if my care or treatment requires it.
- CRNPs are urging state legislators to support bills Senate Bill 25 and House Bill 100, which would allow them to practice independently without the requirement that they collaborate with a physician. PAMED opposes these bills that would remove the physician from the health care team.
- Pennsylvanians such as myself want a team-based approach to their health care. In a 2015 Patient Poll commissioned by the Pennsylvania Medical Society, 79% of respondents said that physician assistants and CRNPs should continue to collaborate with physicians.
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