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Scope win: Washington State naturopath scope expansion rejected

Nov. 29, 2018

The state of Washington’s Board of Naturopathy has rejected a proposal that would authorize naturopaths to perform nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as such as botulinum toxin and inert substances used for cosmetic purposes. The proposal would have also created training and practice requirements for aesthetic injectable techniques. The AADA and the Washington State Dermatology Association (WSDA) opposed the proposal. Andrea Kalus, MD, president of the WSDA, testified against the proposal at a hearing in September.

Read more from the AADA/WSDA letter of opposition.

AADA supports federal bill on truth in advertising

October 23, 2017

U.S. Representatives Larry Bucshon, MD (R-Ind.), a thoracic surgeon, and David Scott (D-Ga.) recently introduced the Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act (H.R. 3928). This bipartisan consumer protection bill will help ensure patients have reliable information regarding the delivery of their medical care, empowering them to make medical decisions that are best for themselves and their families. To read the AADA's letter supporting this legislation, click here.
In addition to fighting for truth in advertising and strengthened scope of practice regulations, the Academy has developed resources for members to get involved. Find out more on our Truth in Advertising and Scope of Practice pages, including how you can submit an issue of concern to the Academy.

AADA opposes VA proposal

July 26, 2016
The American Academy of Dermatology Association submitted a letter opposing the Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposal to allow full practice authority for all VA advanced practice nurse practitioners (APRNs) because it contradicts the physician-led, team-based care model and unnecessarily preempts state collaborative agreement requirements. Read the letter.