Physicians for Patient Protection believes if state legislators are going to continue to pass laws that allow NPs the right to practice medicine without physician supervision, then patients should have a right to know the qualifications and training of the provider they are trusting to care for them. We urge you to please support the Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act of 2017 (HB3928).
More than 8,000 graduated physicians did not match into a residency last year, due to the stagnation of residency spots in the U.S. These new physicians have more knowledge and clinical hours than a DNP, but still require a residency to be able to practice medicine and treat patients safely. Please help Physicians for Patient Protection (PPP) in our goal to increase General Medical Education (GME) funding and develop more residency training programs, to solve the physician shortage with qualified and safe care for all patients. Please support the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017 (S.1301/H.R. 2267).
We ask our readers to please support H.R. 3928
As we all know, consumers are often unaware of the differences in the qualifications, training, and education of their health care professionals.
Evidence exists of patient confusion resulting from ambiguous health care nomenclature and related advertisements and marketing products; and nationwide surveys conducted in 2008, 2010 and most recently 2018, revealed the depth of confusion regarding the education, skills, and training of health care professionals and indicated strong support for increasing clarity in the advertising and marketing claims of health care professionals.
What Can We Do? Support H.R. 3928
In summary, this bill states that it shall be unlawful for any person to make any deceptive or misleading statement, or engage in any deceptive or misleading act, that
(1) misrepresents whether such person holds a State health care license; or
(2) misrepresents such person’s education, training, degree, license, or clinical
Any person who is advertising health care services provided by such person, shall disclose in such advertisement the applicable license under which such person is authorized to provide such services
To ensure that patients receive accurate health care information by prohibiting misleading and deceptive advertising or representation in the provision of health care services, to require the identification of the license of health care professionals, and for other purposes.
The AMA recently put forth their findings about Truth in Advertising. Patients do not know who is a physician!
Full Text of the bill found here.
Please write to these legislators as part of the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection to express support and request additional sponsors on this bill.
Here is an easy copy and paste format for your email.
Rep.Latta@opencongress.org, Rep.Harper@opencongress.org, Rep.Upton@opencongress.org, Rep.Burgess@opencongress.org, Rep.Lance@opencongress.org, Rep.Guthrie@opencongress.org, Rep.McKinley@opencongress.org, Rep.Kinzinger@opencongress.org, Rep.Bilirakis@opencongress.org, Rep.Bucshon@opencongress.org, Rep.Mullin@opencongress.org, Rep.Walters@opencongress.org, Rep.Costello@opencongress.org, Rep.Schakowsky@opencongress.org, Rep.Lujan@opencongress.org, Rep.Clarke@opencongress.org, Rep.Cardenas@opencongress.org, Rep.Welch@opencongress.org, Rep.DebbieDingell@opencongress.org, Rep.Matsui@opencongress.org, Rep.Kennedy@opencongress.org, Rep.Green@opencongress.org, Rep.Walden@opencongress.org, Rep.Pallone@opencongress.org
Here are individual email addresses and phone numbers. Don’t be afraid to tweet them as well #PPPStrong
United States House Energy Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection 115th Congress
Rep. Robert E. Latta – Ohio
Rep. Gregg Harper – Mississippi
Rep. Fred Upton – Michigan
Rep. Michael Burgess- Texas
Rep. Leonard Lance – New Jersey
Rep. Brett Guthrie
Rep. David McKinley – West Virginia
Rep. Adam Kinzinger – Illinois
Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis – Florida
Rep. Larry Bucshon – Indiana
Rep. Markwayne Mullin – Oklahoma
Rep. Mimi Walters – California
Rep. Ryan Costello – Pennsylvania
Rep. Jan Schakowsky – Illinois
Rep. Ben R. Lujan – New Mexico
Rep. Yvette D. Clarke
Rep. Tony Cárdenas – California
Rep. Debbie Dingell – Michigan
Rep. Doris O. Matsui -California
Rep. Peter Welch – Vermont
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III
Rep. Gene Green- Texas
Rep. Greg Walden – Oregon
Rep. Frank Pallone – New Jersey
INCREASE GME FUNDING:
Increase Residency Training Positions: Here is an easy template to send to your legislators in the US Congress to increase GME funding. We can’t increase physician access and patient safety without supporting graduate medical education.