Discussion of CMLA Policy on Clinician Role in an Accredited Motion Lab

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Discussion of CMLA Policy on Clinician Role in an Accredited Motion Lab

Post by carollo »

At the 2018 CMLA Workshop, held in conjunction with the 2018 GCMAS Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, we introduced the new CMLA Policy on the Clinician's Role in a CMLA accredited clinical motion lab. The policy is live now and open for public discussion in this forum for the next several months. The policy statement itself can be found publicly under the "Resources" tab on the main http://www.CMLAinc.org page, or available directly via this link:

http://www.cmlainc.org/docs/CMLA%20Poli ... _FINAL.pdf

Please post your comments as replies to this post. CMLA BoD will review and consider your posts during this public comment period. The public comment period will close August 31, 2018.

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Thanks for your continued support of accreditation activities. We look forward to your comments.
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Re: Discussion of CMLA Policy on Clinician Role in an Accredited Motion Lab

Post by Sdennis »

The guidelines identify non-licensed providers as individuals who are able to provide services protected by Physical State Practice Acts - specifically clinical exam (which in most labs is a physical therapy evaluation) and interpretation of data with recommendations within the scope of practice. This identifies that the clinical practitioners must have a scope of practice to begin with. The AMA guidelines are also quite clear that the services should be provided only by a licensed healthcare provider. This is to protect the public as well as the institutions and the individuals providing the service. CMLA should support and respect the guidelines and laws established to protect patients and practitioners. Licensure insures practitioners have received the education and training to safely provide care in a global sense. Competencies developed by the laboratories show care in a specific area is adequate, but does not deal with the broader education and training covered by licensure. The AMA's identification of a Qualified Healthcare Professional (QHP) is misrepresented in these documents. A QHP has a license that insures they have the proper training, education and has a scope of service that identifies the breadth and limitations of that training and education.
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