Florida Academy of Family Physicians and Florida Medical Association Launch Joint Patient Empowerment Campaign


JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) and the Florida Medical Association (FMA) have joined forces to launch The Physician Decision, a patient empowerment campaign to help educate about the importance of seeking a team of physician-directed care.

In the state of Florida, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) can practice independently within parameters. Prior to the expanded scope of practice for APRNs, only one physician was granted independent practice.

Physicians (MD/DOs) undertake eight years of formal education and at least three years of supervised residency involving more than 15,000 hours of clinical training to properly diagnose and treat patients, compared to five and a half years for a nurse practitioner. seven years of study and 500 to 1,500 hours of clinical training. American Medical Association data shows that mid-level healthcare professionals who can practice independently in Florida are more likely to prescribe unnecessary drugs, diagnostic imaging and referrals, compromising quality, safety and health. cost of patient care.

“In an ideal health care setting, a patient’s care is overseen by a physician who is specially trained and qualified to diagnose and treat the patient,” said John Gross, MD, chairman of the Academy’s board of trustees. Florida family physicians. “Our goal is to enable patients to seek out a physician-led care team to ensure they receive the best possible healthcare outcomes.”

In a physician-led model of care, patients are often seen by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant for their initial visit, where the professional will listen to the patient’s symptoms or concerns, discuss medical history, review the diagnosis and potential treatment options and involve the supervising physician. Collaboration, whether visible or invisible, is of crucial importance and guarantees the best possible outcome for the health and well-being of the patient.

“Physicians greatly value the contributions that nurse practitioners, physician assistants and all mid-level practitioners make to their practices and to the healthcare system as a whole,” said Douglas Murphy, MD, chairman of the board of directors of the Florida Medical Association. “What we advise patients is to seek out a physician as their primary primary care provider to achieve the best possible care outcomes.”

For more information, please visit ThePhysicianDecision.com.

About the FAFP

The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) is comprised of more than 6,500 family physicians, resident physicians, and medical students from across the state. FAFP works to advance the specialty of family medicine by promoting excellence and improvement in the health care of all Floridians. Their priority is to help their members become the best family physicians possible through effective communication, legislation/regulation, education, advocacy, research, and motivation. The FAFP is the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents more than 136,000 members nationwide.

About FMA

Founded in 1874, the Florida Medical Association is a professional association dedicated to serving and assisting medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine in Florida. The FMA represents more than 25,000 members on matters of legislation and regulatory affairs, medical economics and education, public health, and ethical and legal issues. They advocate for physicians and their patients to promote public health, ensure the highest standards of medical practice, and improve the quality and availability of health care in Florida.


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