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Monday, February 11, 2013

BILL EXPANDS COLLABORATION, DELEGATION AMONG PHYSICIANS, APRNs, AND PAs

TMA and the Texas Academy of Family Practice held firm against the advance practice registered nurses’ (APRNs’) call for independent practice and prescribing authority. We negotiated an innovative new care model to make it easier for physicians, APRNs, and physician assistants (PAs) to work together to deliver services. The agreement, filed as a bill sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chair Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and House Public Health Committee Chair Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), firmly establishes a “physician-led medical team.” TMA President Michael Speer, MD, said, “This bill establishes a more collaborative, delegated practice that allows members of the health care team to practice to their level of education and training.”

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