Tips for Limiting Scope of Practice Expansion

lMaureen Leahy

Defining the scope of practice for a healthcare provider is often challenging, particularly when nonphysician providers want to step beyond traditional roles. However, it is patients who are most at risk when physicians and nonphysician healthcare providers are allowed to administer musculoskeletal treatment outside of their areas of training and experience.

During an educational symposium at the 2015 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference, moderated by Brian G. Smith, MD, panelists Brian S. Parsley, MD, and Bobby Hillert of the Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA); William E. Kobler, MD, of the American Medical Association (AMA) and William G. Cimino, MD, of the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society (COS), discussed how state and specialty societies can work together on scope of practice issues. In Texas, noted Mr. Hillert, TOA executive director, allied health professionals, particularly physical therapists, have made numerous attempts to expand scope of practice.

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