Practice drift is a term that describes the outflow of physicians from areas in which they were trained into new areas of practice. The Board has noted a small but increasing number of physicians “drifting” outside their formal areas of training, and recognizes that the evolution of physician practice is not necessarily negative but may be cause for developing guidelines.
A variety of stakeholders participated in this week’s meeting, including representatives from professional liability insurance companies and a balanced representation of both primary care and specialty physicians.
The Committee’s aim is to produce a draft Position Statement on Practice Drift for consideration by the full Board. Thomas Hill, MD is chairing the effort and encourages stakeholder feedback. The deadline to submit comments to the Medical Boardis Monday, November 1, 2010. The Board is hopeful to have a draft available for comment at their January 2011 meeting.