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Springfield Update: These Scope Bills Must Be Stopped!
Posted on: 4/24/2019
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Today is the last day of the General Assembly’s two-week spring break. But your ISMS legislative team has continued working hard on your behalf, always advocating for Illinois physicians. Here’s the latest: Several bills that would be harmful to patients have been stalled for the time being thanks to our lobbying efforts:  

  • Nurse anesthetists want to provide patient care independent of physicians 
  • House Bill 2813 would allow certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide care, including the delivery of anesthesia, independent of physicians. As physicians know, the delivery of anesthesia is unlike any other medical service; it is a complex, high-risk service in which life-threatening complications can present quickly.

    House Bill 2813 has been reassigned to the House Rules Committee.

    Read ISMS’ Position Paper.

  • Naturopaths want to be licensed as physicians
  • House Bill 2338 would license "naturopaths” as physicians and allow them to provide a full range of medical services to patients in Illinois, including caring for children; providing specialty care, such as gynecological services; and treating patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cancer.  

    Naturopathic education focuses much of its attention on botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and counseling. There is no consistent application of evidence-based principles and scientific study for naturopathic treatments. The mechanism of action and the efficacy of many naturopathic treatment modalities are not scientifically supported, yet they continue to be offered to patients. 

    House Bill 2338 has been reassigned to the House Rules Committee.

    Read ISMS’ Position Paper.

  • PAs want to treat patients independent of physicians
  • House Bill 3355 and Senate Bill 1725 would provide physician assistants (PAs) a broad scope of practice that mirrors the responsibilities of physicians, while allowing them to treat patients independent of physicians.

    PAs would be allowed to provide the same care as physicians without meeting the education and training standards that physicians are required by law to complete. Not only will it be confusing to patients who may not understand the differences, allowing PAs to practice independent of physicians will likely lead to increases in misdiagnoses and over-utilization of services

    House Bill 3355 has been reassigned to the House Rules Committee; Senate Bill 1725 has been reassigned to the Committee on Assignments.

    Read ISMS’ Position Paper.

Watch for updates throughout the final leg of the spring session!

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Access the ISMS Legislative Action Hub for deep dives on issues and up-to-the-minute bill status links from the General Assembly.

Also watch for legislative news in Physician Advocate .

If you have any questions, please contact ISMS Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien at 312-580-6488.

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