Last week, Georgetown professor Joyce Knestrick, PhD, APRN, C-FNP, FAANP, authored a statement from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) decrying the American Medical Association’s (AMA) proposing “a national strategy opposing independent practice for non-physician health care providers.”
Dr. Knestrick’s statement suggested that the AMA was putting profits before patients, advocating for nurse practitioner-run practices that may be shut down under more strict licensures:
The American Medical Association (AMA) has asserted, once again, its commitment to put the profit of its physician membership ahead of patients and their access to high-quality health care. Today, there are more than 234,000 nurse practitioners practicing across the United States, strengthening health care access and delivery in nearly every community in the country and every health care setting – from clinics, hospitals, Veterans Affairs and Indian Health Care facilities, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private physician or NP practices (both managed and owned by NPs), nursing homes, schools, colleges, retail clinics, public health departments, nurse managed clinics, homeless clinics to home health.
Many states have adopted Full Practice Authority, meaning that nurse practitioners are not required to have oversight by an MD to perform care duties, diagnose maladies and prescribe medications.
Today, we call on the AMA to stop hampering access to care. Stop the rhetoric and resolutions that undermine patient choice, access and true coordinated care. The AMA’s ongoing fear mongering and physician protectionist resolutions are hurting patients and negatively impacting the health of our nation. It’s time the AMA lay their dated tactics aside. The evidence is clear: Nurse practitioners provide safe, high quality care; and states where NPs are prevented from independent license consistently rank among the poorest on health outcomes, access to primary care and geographic disparities in care.