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Monday, January 28, 2013

"WE WERE TEAM BEFORE TEAM WAS COOL"

 What’s your vision of scope-of-practice expansion? Better team-based care under the supervision of a physician? Or potentially unsafe independent practice for allied health practitioners? TMA supports the former and vehemently opposes the later. We met to discuss legislative strategies with Lauren Dobbs, president of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, which has adopted the slogan, “We were team before team was cool.” That’s consistent with our legislative agenda: “Texas law clearly defines the practice of medicine and the educational qualifications necessary to diagnose, independently prescribe, and direct patient care — and to be held accountable for that care. Now, and in the future, physicians and other professionals will practice in teams to provide comprehensive patient care, and these patient-focused teams must be physician-led to ensure quality, continuity, and efficiency in care.” Read more in Healthy Vision 2020.

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