Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Selectivity
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Organized medicine opposes "other non-physician health care professionals" from performing needle Electromyography, yet they DO support "interaoperative neuorphysiologic monitoring...which can be delegated to non-physician personnel."  

When organized medicine says it's ok for one set of "non-physician providers" but not for another, who will oppose them?

Excerpt:  AMA affirms that performing needle electromyography is the practice of medicine, and will work to discourage: other non-physician health care professionals from expanding their scope of practice to include performing needle electromyography. – Licensure and Discipline – Needle Electromyography, American Medical Association Policy D-275.970

 

yet

 

Excerpt:  Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring constitutes the practice of medicine, which can be delegated to non-physician personnel who are under the direct or online real time supervision of the operating surgeon or another physician trained in, or who has demonstrated competence in, neurophysiologic techniques and is available to interpret the studies and advise the surgeon during the surgical procedures. – Practice Parameters – Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring, American Medical Association Policy H-410.957

 

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This is a weekly series excerpting from the American Medical Associations own published policies regarding “non-physicians”.  It will take nearly a year to complete.