Showing posts with label Montana Medical Association. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Montana Medical Association. Show all posts

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Assisted Suicide not legal in state, needs clarification

November 21, 2012 12:15 am  • 

A recent Associated Press article, which appeared last Friday in most major newspapers in our state, incorrectly stated that Montana is the third state to allow assisted suicide, along with Washington and Oregon.

Attorneys Greg Jackson and Matt Bowman did an extensive analysis of the case and concluded it “did not legalize assisted suicide and it continues to carry both criminal and civil liability for any doctor, institution, or lay person involved.”  [Click here to see Jackson/Bowman article]

The Montana Lawyer, the official publication of the Montana State Bar concluded the issue is open to argument, confirming that the Legislature needs to clarify the issue this coming session. [Click here for link to Montana Lawyer article, with this headline:  "The aid-in-dying debate: Can a physician legally help a patient die in Montana? Court ruling still leaves the issue open to argument"]

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

MMA Adopts Helpful Position Statement

The Montana Medical Association's Board of Trustees has adopted a new position statement: Licensing Boards "should not adopt rules that would expand the scope of practice of Montana's licensed health care professionals without first having clear statutory authorization to do so."[1]

Our legal challenges to Position Statement No. 20 include this same reasoning, that Position Statement No. 20 is an invalid expansion of a physician's scope of practice without statutory authority.[2]

We are encouraged to see the Montana Medical Association adopting a similar position. 

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[1]  The MMA's new position statement can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.
[2]  Position Statement No. 20 is subject to two legal challenges by Montanans Against Assisted Suicide (MAAS).  The first is a formal petition to the Board of Medical Examiners, to request an actual ruling, which has been denied to date.  That petition can be viewed by clicking here.  The second legal challenge is a petition to the First Judicial Court of Lewis and Clark County setting forth MAAS' substantive arguments.  To view the amended petition, filed on October 12, 2012, click here; to view the attachments to that petition, click here.

Monday, October 29, 2012

MMA Position Statement on Scope of Practice

The Montana Medical Association Bulletin sets forth the following Position Statement adopted by the MMA Board of Trustees on September 7, 2012.  To view a print copy, click here.

Expansion of Scope of Practice by Professional Licensing Boards

The Montana Medical Association recognizes that professional licensing boards authorized by Montana state statutes to license individuals in certain health care professions ("health care licensing boards") have, at times, attempted to and actually have expanded the scope of health care licensees without having the statutory authority to do so. This practice is of concern to medical physicians and other licensed health care professionals.