Nurse practitioners have filed legislation to give them direct access to patients without physician supervision. While that is in important discussion we will have at the State Capitol, some allegations have raised more immediate concerns. Below is a media release that went out recently as a follow-up to a letter we sent to the Medical Licensure Board calling on the Board to investigate claims that the physicians in question were not complying with the Board’s rules regarding supervision.
Physician supervision is a vital component of protecting patient safety and we believe these allegations should be thoroughly investigated.
For Immediate Release
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Oklahoma State Medical Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OKLAHOMA STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION REQUESTS INVESTIGATION OF PHYSICIAN SUPERVISION CLAIMS
(January 20, 2017—Oklahoma City) Oklahoma State Medical Association officials have asked the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to investigate claims made by the president of the Oklahoma Association of Nurse Practitioners that physicians were charging nurses to serve as a supervising physician but were not exercising adequate oversight.
“The Medical Board’s rules clearly require supervising physicians to be diligent in working with those under their supervision,” said OSMA President Sherri Baker, MD. “If the allegations made are true, we believe it could violate those rules and potentially endanger patient safety. As such, we have asked the Medical Board to examine these allegations.”
In news stories last week regarding the introduction of HB 1013, Ms. Toni Pratt-Reid, a licensed nurse practitioner, said supervising physicians do not see her patients or review their charts, but charge the nurse practitioner a fee to serve as a supervising physician. She was quoted as saying, “There’s no oversight to our practice on anything other than prescriptive needs. There might not even be a physician that communicates with us for two years.”
Medical Board rules require supervising physicians to “regularly and routinely review the prescriptive practices and patterns of the advanced practice nurse . . . Supervision implies that there is appropriate referral, consultation and collaboration between the advanced practice nurse and the supervising physician.”
“If the situation described by Ms. Pratt-Reid is correct, we believe it should be addressed by the Medical Board,” Baker said. “Promoting patient safety is our top priority and we certainly believe the medical profession should be held to this high standard.”