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Dangerous Bills Diverted Thanks to ISMS Advocacy and AMA Help
Posted on: 6/17/2019

To help with lobbying efforts in the fight against legislation unsafe for patients, the American Medical Association’s Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP) awarded a grant to ISMS.

As the spring legislative session was brought to a close, several bills that would have been harmful to patients were prevented from advancing, thanks to our lobbying efforts:  

Nurse anesthetist bill: House Bill 2813 would have allowed certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide care, including the delivery of anesthesia, independent of physicians.

Psychologist prescribing bill: Senate Bill 1135 as originally introduced would have made 18 changes to the prescribing psychologist license law, including removing all restrictions on prescribing. After months of negotiations between the Illinois Psychiatric Society, ISMS and the prescribing psychologists, the final agreement allowed for three changes:

  • Prescribing psychologists may participate in telepsychiatry;
  • Prescribing psychologists may include their name on the medications they prescribe; and
  • Elimination of the requirement for 36 credit hours of clinical rotations, but they still must complete 14 months of full time clinical rotation.

Naturopath bill: House Bill 2338 would have licensed naturopaths as physicians and allowed 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.

Physician assistant bills: House Bill 3355 and Senate Bill 1725 would have provided 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 have been allowed to provide the same care as physicians without meeting the education and training standards that physicians are required by law to complete.

We’d like to thank the AMA for its support in helping to keep patients safe in the state of Illinois.

ISMS’ full and comprehensive end-of-session legislative report will be out soon, so watch for this resource in the coming weeks, along with other legislative wrap-up news.

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

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