The Florida Medical Association (FMA) President Ronald F. Giffler, M.D., shared the following message this week.
“On Tuesday, I was in Tallahassee on the first day of the 2020 Florida Legislative Session. The Speaker of the House, Jose Oliva, opened the session with a speech that was chilling to say the least. He made it abundantly clear that, in his view, nurse practitioners and physicians are interchangeable. He showed absolute contempt for the medical profession and devalued the years of education and training we receive in order to provide high-quality medical care to our patients. Speaker Oliva’s number-one legislative priority this year is to allow nurse practitioners AND physician assistants to practice independently, without any supervision requirements from a physician.”