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20 Jul, 17 tweets, 5 min read
The corporate practice of medicine(CPOM) is killing medicine. It's happened again. Docs being displaced under the guise of providing "continued excellent care" or some other rhetorical bulls**t. Along with the "collaborative" blah, blah, blah hogwash. Sigh....Were I one of the
2)docs reading this letter, I would be offended that Dr. Gard would presume he could dictate who I could speak to about a patient. He doesn't own my license and he has no say. If a doc wants to talk to a doc, no one can say a f***ing word. Their choice if it is their patient.
3)How is dictating the conditions on when a doc can speak to another collaborative? Also, if the team is truly a dyad, then that's one doc to one NPP. Should be no problem if the NPP is presenting the patients as he/she should since Georgia is a non-FPA state. Unless they plan
4)on ignoring the law. If one doc is covering several NPPs, then EACH relationship is a technically a dyad. Also, are the NPPs qualified to practice as hospitalists? Because there are no accredited NP/PA hospitalist programs in the U.S. There is only one accredited post-graduate
5)PA fellowship/residency in the U.S. and that is the critical care "residency" at Emory. Accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the
Physician Assistant(ACR-PA)--the body that accredits PA programs. arc-pa.org/postgraduate-a…. The residency is a combined
6)program that includes NPs. No accreditation on that side though. So back to the story. There are 3 PA "Hospitalist" programs in the U.S.; none are accredited. Turns out accreditation of post-grad PA programs is not mandatory. paschoolfinder.com/cat/hospitalis…
7)Couldn't find anything on NP "Hospitalist" programs. Just saw one that is a combined program in the Carolinas Health System(Atrium Health). So how do we know if NPPs are qualified if the programs that do exist are not accredited and there is no nationally standardized
8)competency exams? We don't. Programs like the Mayo Clinic can ride on their names and defer to their overall accreditation status to suggest their programs are legit. Mayo's has been around since 2007, so it is well established. Mayo planned to seek accreditation..not sure what
9)occurred since they are not accredited by ARC-PA as of yet. In regards to NPs, it is most likely those working as "Hospitalists" are Family Nurse Practitioners(FNPs). FNPs are not qualified to work as hospitalists since FNP programs are outpatient programs by design. But FNP
10)SOP varies from state to state. No one asks, no one checks and no one cares. Not when CPOM is running the show. What is the likelihood that the Dr. Gard or the credentialers at Memorial University Medical Center validated the qualifications of the NP "Hospitalists"? Are they
11)FNPs or Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioners(AGNPs), whose population focus includes some of the types of patients admitted to the hospitalist service? I'd say unlikely. If AGNPs, did they complete both an acute care(AC) and primary care(PC) curriculum? If no AC, they should
12)not be caring for patients who may decompensate and require acute care. Period. Not in their SOP. And they do not have the training or scope of IM/FM docs who can and do work as hospitalists.
13)No employer, contract medical group(CMG), hospital, etc. can expand the SOP of any NP. Only the BON can do that by way of legislation. So the hospitalists responsible for supervising NPs who may be practicing outside their SOP, know that you may be held liable for a patient
14)who complains about their care--for aiding and abetting the illegal practice of medicine. That's when the BOM gets involved. These are the pesky legal details that are never shared with docs who take on tremendous responsibility for patients they never see or whose charts
15)they review after the fact. authenticmedicine.com/2020/12/an-edu…
16)Sadly, more hospitals are demanding IM/FM docs complete accredited fellowships in hospitalist medicine before they can work as hospitalists. Yeah. Wanna take a guess who owns Sound Physicians? United Health Group/Optum and the PE group Summit Partners. This, ladies and
17)gentlemen, is the corporate practice of medicine. Sound's decision in this case...Well, let's just say it is very unsound. fiercehealthcare.com/payer/unitedhe… @TakeMedBack @pppforpatients @Physicians4Pts @mass_marion @Free2CareHC

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