Information Regarding the AMA’s Scope of Practice Partnership

American Medical Association House of Delegates, Resolution 814, submitted Sept. 21, 2005 (proposal to hire two part-time employees and legal counsel to study limited licensure health care providers, like chiropractors, optometrists, and advance practice nurses in order to be better positioned to impact the scope of practice of those professions). Available at:

American Medical Association House of Delegates, Amendment to Resolution 814 (modifying the language of 814 to allow more flexibility in determining which health care providers to study). Available at:

American Medical Association House of Delegates, Resolution 204, submitted April 28, 2008 (resolving to only support licensing of midwives through ACNM, and to monitor legislation, and develop model laws for appropriate physician oversight of midwifery). Available at:

American Medical Association House of Delegates, Resolution 205, submitted April 28, 2008 (resolving that the AMA should support the ACOG position that the safest place for birth is in the hospital or birth center, and proposing to create model laws that support that position – specifically noting Ricki Lake as evidence of an increase in celebrity home births). Available at:

American Medical Association, AMA Scope of Practice Data Series: A resource compendium for state medical associations and national medical speciality societies, Nurse Practitioners, October 2009. Available at:

American Medical Association, Case Summaries by Topic: Scope of Practice (a listing of 13 scope of practice cases that the AMA is involved in or economically supporting). Available at:

American Medical Association, Mid-year Report of 2010 AMA Advocacy Achievements (YTD), June 2010 (a listing of accomplishments in several areas, including scope of practice, where over a dozen legislative victories limiting scope of practice are listed). Available at:

American Medical Association “AMA State Vision for 2011,” Advocacy Resource Center (describing state level legislative work, including scope of practice and “truth in advsertising” campaigns). Available at:

American Osteopathic Association blog, “Join the SOPP Today!” May 2, 2007 (inviting state medical associations to join the effort to oppose scope of practice expansion by non-physician clinicians). Available at:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “AMA Adds Midwives to its Scope of Practice Data Series” (note announces midwifery data set to be completed by the end of the year). Available at:

Michael D. Maves, Executive Vice President of the American Medical Association, Letter to Congressman Nathan Deal, October 31, 2007 (rejecting proposed amendments to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which would have allowed health care providers licensed in any state to provide services through the Tribal Health Program, insisting that licensure should be controlled by the states and that non-doctor providers would put Native Americans at risk). Available at:

William A. Hazel, Jr., MD, Cynthia A. Bradford, MD, et al. Scope of Practice: Challenges and Solutions, publication data unknown (explaining the purpose of the Scope of Practice Partnership and it’s four projects: a data series, establishment of joint review committees, development of a mapping tool, and a “truth in advertising campaign”). Available at:

The Big Push Response:

Statement of the Big Push for Midwives Campaign on the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership (stating opposition to the SOPP and it’s efforts to limit access to CPMs). Available at:

Big Push Press Release, “Father Knows Best Meets Big Brother is Watching,” June 16, 2008 (responding to the AMA adoption of resolution 205 on Home Deliveries, pointing out the resolution’s lack of science-based information and it’s economic incentives to corner the market on birth). Available at:

Big Push Press Release, “Amidst Uproar, Physician Group Votes Not to Target Ricki Lake,” June 20, 2008 (responding to the decision of the AMA to remove reference to Ricki Lake in it’s resolution against home birth). Available at:

Other groups respond:

Janet Deppe, Director of State Advocacy, “Threats to Professional Standards: The AMA Data Practice Series for Audiology,” American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, March 29, 2010 (a power point overview of the Scope of Practice Partnership, it’s implications for audiologists, and the Coalition for Patient Rights’ efforts to respond). Available at:

John Raymond Baker, DC, “Stop SOPP and Resolution 814,” a blog dedicated to addressing the risks of the SOPP. Available at:

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