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Medical Scope of Practice Bill Passed Through of Committee

Posted almost 5 years ago by Shelagh Larson

SB 406 contains agreed-upon language expanding prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses and physician assistants

The agreed-upon bill expanding prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses and physician assistants was referred out of Senate Health and Human Services today on a unanimous vote.

SB 406, among other things, expands the number of advanced practice nurses and PA's to whom physicians can delegate prescriptive authority. It also allows for delegation of prescriptive authority for Schedule II opiates in hospitals and hospice. 

The language has the backing of major physician groups like the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians as well as nurses' groups like the Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice.

Bill author and committee Chair Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) said, "This legislation allows highly trained medical professionals to collaborate in the delivery of care with the goal of increasing access without compromising patient safety."