Scope of Practice Partnership
The Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP) is a collaborative effort of the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association (AOA), national medical societies, state medical associations and state osteopathic medical associations that focuses the resources of organized medicine to oppose scope of practice expansions by non-physician providers that threaten the health and safety of patients.
At all times, the SOPP has as its goal the protection of the health and safety of patients whose well-being may be threatened by health care practitioners who lack the education, training or experience to perform procedures for which they seek licensure or recognition. This goal is accomplished through a combination of legislative activities; regulatory activities; judicial advocacy; and programs of information, research and education. The AMA provides staff to manage the operation of the SOPP.
The SOPP has supported the development of resources available to AMA members and Federation staff.
Geographic Mapping Initiative
Maps in the AMA Geographic Mapping Initiative (geomaps) compare where physicians practice versus where non-physicians practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The power behind this resource is that advocates can overlay the physician and non-physician maps to visually demonstrate that non-physicians and physicians tend to practice in the same areas.
Scope of Practice Data Series Modules
The Scope of Practice Data Series Modules (modules) can help advocates educate legislators, regulatory bodies and other policymakers about the education and training of certain health care professionals, as well as about the qualifications that physicians must attain to accept the responsibility for full, unrestricted licensure to practice medicine. Use the modules to challenge the advocacy campaigns of non-physician health care professionals who seek unwarranted scope of practice expansions that may endanger the health and safety of patients.