Two U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would provide licensure clarity for sports medicine professionals. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), provides protection for sports medicine professionals offering medical services to athletes in a secondary state. The physicians would have access to their medical liability coverage when traveling across state lines with athletic teams.
“Sports medicine providers should not have to choose between either treating injured athletes at great professional risk, or reducing athletes’ access to timely healthcare services,” said Frederick M. Azar, M.D., president of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons. “This bill will ensure injured athletes have timely access to the highest quality of care so they can return to their active lifestyle as soon as possible.”
Sen. Thune said, “Sports medicine providers take on great professional and financial risk to treat injured athletes on the road. While some states provide legal protection to shield these professionals from assuming the risk, many providers are still left with the decision of treating an injured athlete or accepting the risk. I look forward to working with the AAOS to move this common-sense legislation forward to ensure we deliver quality care for traveling athletes while providing legal protections for sports medicine professionals.”