Presidential order could revive turf war over Medicare requirement for physician supervision

by Joanne Finnegan | Oct 31, 2019

An executive order signed earlier this month by President Donald Trump calls for changes in Medicare regulations that limit healthcare professionals from practicing at the top of their profession.

The order could add fuel to the ongoing turf war between physicians and non-physician practitioners over whether they should be allowed to practice independently without doctor supervision.

The doctors have already gone on record, sending a letter (PDF) this week urging Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar not to make changes to requirements for the supervision and reimbursement of non-physician medical professionals.

The letter was signed by the American Medical Association, the country’s largest physician organization, and more than 100 other groups that represent hundreds of thousands of physicians.


Chris J. Stewart

Chris currently serves as President and CEO of Surgio Health. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience, with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help achieve better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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