The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) is calling for greater transparency in how healthcare professionals, including audiologists, identify themselves to patients.
“The WSMA believes that all healthcare professionals should clearly and accurately identify themselves to patients,” says the association. “Many healthcare professionals can earn advanced degrees that carry the title "doctor," including doctor of physical therapy, doctor of nursing, doctor of psychology, doctor of audiology, doctor of naturopathy, doctor of chiropractic, doctor of optometry and more. The WSMA will support legislation for full disclosure to patients of a doctor's professional degree and training.”
The association is lobbying the state legislature on key items to “make sure the voices of physicians are heard to improve patient access to care, protect patient safety, and improve quality, without putting added burdens on physicians.”
"With all of the recent change in the health care system, there has never been a more challenging time to practice medicine," said Nick Rajacich, MD, president of the WSMA. "Physicians must be at the table as these big decisions are being made and implemented because they will have a lasting impact not only on physicians practicing medicine, but on patient access to quality, safe health care. Washington's physicians will continue to fight for our patients."
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