Scopes of practice

January 29, 2013

Recent RF resolutions asked the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) to  address the potential risks and benefits to patients and their physicians from changes in the scope of practice of other health care professionals. 

This new area on the AMA website is one way in which we support our members dealing with this changing health care environment. 

Guidance from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)

The documents below outline the overall effects of these changes, both on patients and physicians (and offer advice to physicians on ways to manage their risk and liability).

The new reality: Expanding scopes of practice

Today’s reality is that physicians are increasingly working with — and relying on — other health care professionals when treating patients.

Evolving models for health care delivery mean that other health professionals are playing an increasingly significant and valuable role in the care of patients.

Scopes of practice

Shared care: Issues you should consider

Physicians should consider the legal issues common to all shared care arrangements. They also need to consider the legal issues unique to each arrangement, some of which may require varying degrees of supervision by the physician.
For further information, please visit the CMPA website: www.cmpa-acpm.ca.

Liability issues when collaborating with prescribing pharmacists

To date, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan have either approved legislation or are exploring legislative changes to expand pharmacists’ prescribing authority.

The CMPA is actively engaged with provincial/territorial governments and medical associations to ensure that the medico-legal needs of physicians and their patients are appropriately addressed.
Liability issues when collaborating with prescribing pharmacists

CMPA/CNPS Joint statement on liability protection for nurse practitioners and physicians in collaborative practice

Collaborative practice inevitably reinforces the need for health care professionals to ensure they have adequate personal professional liability protection and that the other health care professionals with whom they work collaboratively are also protected, so that neither is held financially responsible for the acts or omissions of another.
CMPA/CNPS Joint statement on liability protection for nurse practitioners and physicians in collaborative practice

The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.