Thursday, July 01, 2010

Joint Commission urged to clarify "physician" definition

In an effort to promote transparency in the health care environment, organized medicine is urging the Joint Commission to define the term "physician" more clearly.

That's according to an April 13 letter that dozens of state and specialty medical societies, including the American Medical Association, wrote to the commission. The letter asked the agency to limit use of the term to those who have received a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, or international equivalent.

The request comes amid concern from the physician community that other health care professionals have been employing a "doctor" title without possessing the corresponding education or training. Read more...
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