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DCMA expresses concern with scope of practice expansions signed into law

Thursday, March 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
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A Message from DCMA Executive Director Fraser Cobbe:


The DCMA is currently analyzing the impact on physicians and patients due to legislation that expands the scope of practice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Pharmacists that passed the Florida Legislature this week. The three bills in question were passed by the Senate and signed into law by the Governor on the same day, March 11th. The bills all have an effective date of July 1, 2020.


Click here for a summary of the key components of each of the three bills. The DCMA was part of a coalition of all of the major medical associations in the state that fought against these expansions. There was also a broad coalition of special interest groups there were supportive of one or more of these bills. That coalition included representatives of the business community, insurance, hospitals, and of course the pharmacists and nurses.


Our message has been consistent throughout the process, that the state can address manpower and access to care issues without lowering the standard of care available to our patients, especially those in underserved areas. It will be important moving forward that physicians and patients demand a single standard and a high standard of care from non-physician practitioners that take on the obligation of caring for patients outside the traditional physician-led team.