Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Comparable
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Tuesday, August 16, 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:  "AMA strongly encourages [that in] health insurance plans and managed care organizations that provide disease management, non-physicians should be certified or licensed as physician assistants or nurse practitioners, or have at least a comparable level of training."  

Do you think your doctorate degree, with or without additional specialized training, would be considered "at least comparable" by organized medicine?  If not, what are you doing about it?

ExcerptAMA strongly encourages [that in] health insurance plans and managed care organizations that provide disease management, non-physicians who function as care coordinators in disease management programs should be certified or licensed as physician assistants or nurse practitioners, or have at least a comparable level of training.

– Managed Care – Disease Management and Demand Management, American Medical Association Policy H-285.944

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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.