AUSTIN (February 6, 2013)—Two key lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday in Austin that would allow Texas doctors to delegate limited prescription authority to nurses and physician assistants in more situations.
Sen. Jane Nelson and Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, both Republican chairs of key health care committees, announced Wednesday they want to give doctors more latitude in allowing advanced practice nurses and physician assistants to treat patients.
The lawmakers say Senate Bill 406 would help ease the statewide shortage of primary care doctors because physicians would no longer have to be on-site and could supervise more nurses and physician assistants.
The bill would also encourage better coordination between medical boards to maintain patient safety, they said.
The Texas Medical Association expressed support for the bill saying it would promote better treatment by allowing for a team-based, collaborative approach.