Each year, one of the more-heated health care issues in Tallahassee surrounds "scope of practice" --- or what services providers can legally offer. But members of a
panel wrestled Wednesday with a somewhat
different issue: what health-care providers should be allowed to call themselves. The
House Health Quality Subcommittee
approved a bill (
) that would make clear non-physicians are not allowed to identify themselves as physicians, surgeons, medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, cardiologists, dermatologists, endocrinologists and many other doctor monikers. The bill was filed to blunt a unanimous decision by the
Florida Board of Nursing
, an advanced practice registered nurse, to identify himself as a "nurse anesthesiologist" without facing repercussions.