AAPA was present for the entirety of the 2013 AMA House of Delegates Annual Meeting undefined advocating for the PA profession and reporting the latest news to our members. After weeks of collaborative advocacy, the hard work of AAPA volunteers, constituent organizations and liaisons resulted in the AMA HOD adopting a much less restrictive resolution than what was originally proposed.
The collaborative efforts began immediately following AMA's release of Report 16 to its House of Delegates, which sought to restrict "nonphysicians" from performing an extensive list of "surgical" and "invasive" procedures. The report also asserted that "invasive procedures using radiologic guidance" should only be performed by physicians (MDs and DOs). As a result of AAPA's coordinated opposition to the report, the AMA Board of Trustees revised its report on the day before its Reference Committee hearing, deleting the expanded definition of surgery and narrowing the scope of the report to address only "invasive procedures."
Strong testimony in support of PA practice during the Reference Committee was presented by many physicians, including individual physicians and representatives from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Urological Association, the Great Lakes Coalition of Medical Societies, the Pacific Rim Coalition, the AMA's Young Physician Section, as well as the medical societies of California, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi and New Mexico. Mary Ettari, MPH, PA, AAPA liaison to the AMA, provided testimony opposing the resolution and provided a bibliography of articles documenting quality and outcomes of PA-provided care. She also presented the results of a petition with more than 6,000 signatures from PAs around the country. Testimony in support of the report came from the AMA Board of Trustees, anesthesiologists, pain medicine physicians and individual delegates.
Following the hearing, the Reference Committee significantly revised its recommendations, further narrowing the scope to apply only to "invasive pain management procedures." more