Scope of Practice
For years, TMA has lead advocacy efforts to keep Tennessee physicians supervising patient care and prevent inappropriate scope of practice expansion for midlevel healthcare providers. Advance practice nurses and physician assistants have been unsuccessful in their attempts to change state laws to achieve independent practice in Tennessee because of TMA's influence with lawmakers and regulators who understand that physician-led healthcare delivery teams are best for patients.
TMA remains steadfast in advocating for policies that improve and strengthen interprofessional relationships, not weaken them. We also aim to ensure Tennessee's physician oversight structure is working as intended.