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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

KEY SCOPE LEGISLATION ADVANCES

While we were traipsing around Washington, the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 5-0 to approve a key piece of our 2013 state legislative agenda (Senate Bill 406 by Sen. Jane Nelson [R-Flower Mound] and its companion filed by Rep. Lois Kolkhorst [R-Brenham], House Bill 1055).The measure would improve access to health care by making it easier for physicians, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and physician assistants (PAs) to work together to deliver services. More important, the legislation is a delegated model and firmly supports a “physician-led medical team.” The bill is a result of months of discussion among TMA, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), APRNs, and PAs. “Many years have gone into this. It represents a significant improvement in access to care for Texans across the state,” Gary Floyd, MD, past chair of the TMA Council on Legislation, told the committee. He testified for TMA, TAFP, and the Texas Pediatric Society.

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