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Sounding the Alarm: Be Aware of the Continuous Push to Dangerously Expand Scope of Practice
Posted on: 5/1/2013

Numerous scope of practice bills have been introduced in the General Assembly Spring Session. ISMS strongly opposes these harmful bills and is working hard to advocate for Illinois physicians and protect Illinois patients.

Right now, ISMS is advocating against a bill that would allow psychologists to prescribe medication. But you can bet that scope issues involving other specialties will need to be beat back, such as allowing all types of advanced practice nurses (including certified nurse anesthetists) to provide medical care completely independent of physicians; or allowing individuals who receive little to no medical training to provide unsupervised home birthing services by licensing direct entry midwives as "certified professional midwives"; or even an attempt by colon hydrotherapistto provide a service that is medical in nature. The list goes on and on. That's why all Illinois physicians must unite to push back each scope expansion that could harm patients, regardless of whether the immediate call to action is in your specialty area or not. Visit the ISMS Legislative Action Hub to learn more about these real threats to patient safety.

Contact Your State Rep Immediately: Stop S.B. 2187

Just last week, a dangerous scope expansion bill (S.B. 2187) cleared the Illinois Senate and is now scheduled to be heard in the House Health Care Licenses Committee on Wednesday. This bill would allow psychologists to prescribe psychotropic drugs for patients suffering from mental, emotional and psychological illnesses.

Whether or not the committee approves or disapproves the bill, ISMS must anticipate that the issue will be considered by the full Illinois House.

If you haven't done so already, contact your Illinois Representative NOW and urge him or her to vote NO on S.B. 2187. Emphasize these arguments against the bill, included in ISMS' Position Paper.

Stay informed on all bills during this critical period of the legislative calendar by visiting ISMS' Legislative Action Hub.

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