100 medical organizations sign letter against proposed bill expanding abilities for nonphysician practitioners

The American Medical Association and nearly 100 other medical organizations have sent a letter June 1 to members of the U.S. House of Representatives against the "I CAN Act."

The bill, which was introduced in this session of Congress, would allow other nonphysician practitioners to provide certain services under Medicare and Medicaid, including supervising Medicare cardiac, intensive cardiac, and pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

"Our organizations remain steadfast in our commitment to patients who have said repeatedly that they want and expect physicians to lead their health care team and participate in their health care determinations," the letter said.

"In general, we are deeply concerned that this broad, sweeping bill endangers the care of Medicare and Medicaid patients by expanding the types of services nonphysician practitioners can perform and removing physician involvement in patient care," it continued.

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