AMA meets with representatives of the Coalition for Patients Rights, focuses on team care On May 10, 2011, the American Medical Association (AMA) met with fourteen representatives of the Coalition for Patients’ Rights (CPR). The CPR was formed to oppose

AMA meets with representatives of the Coalition for Patients Rights, focuses on team care   

On May 10, 2011, the American Medical Association (AMA) met with fourteen representatives of the Coalition for Patients’ Rights (CPR). The CPR was formed to oppose the AMA’s efforts to restrict other disciplines’ via the AMA’s Scope of Practice Partnership. Its 3-dozen member organizations represent those for nurses, psychologists, audiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncture and Oriental Medicine professionals and others. Among those in the CPR delegation were American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) executive director Karen Howard and president Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc. Howard filed this report to AANP members: 

“This meeting was the result of a series of letters and phone calls from CPR to the AMA initiated in 2010 by a letter raising our concerns about the AMA’s Scope of Practice Data Series. More than a year later, after numerous letters and conversations, the meeting was held. The meeting was cordial and frank, offering new potential to revise the existing documents originally created by a mandate of the AMA House of Delegates. Through our introductions and commentary, this face-to-face meeting with Dr. Ardis Hoven, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Michael Maves, MBA, Executive VP and CEO, was respectful and collegial, focused on a need to move forward in recognition of how patient care is evolving in the field and, as Dr. Hoven described it, “team care.” During the two-hour session a general commitment was expressed to continue to dialogue with a focus on seeking a shared understanding of how we could build interdisciplinary, patient-centered teams – what they would look like and how they are developed and maintained within different locales and settings. While no specifics were delineated, we did agree that staff from AMA and CPR will look for future meeting dates to come together and move forward productively.”

Comment: Intriguing that the AMA responded with reference to interprofessional education and team care. One wonder what long-term value will be created between the AMA and these other guilds if the interprofessional education and team-care initiative that produced Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice spreads its root throughout health professions education and practice. (See related article, above.)