Bill Would Strengthen Nurses' Prescriptive Power

A long-awaited agreement between physicians, nurses and state legislators to increase the prescriptive power of advanced practice nurses could improve Texans’ access to care, health care leaders said Wednesday.

“Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are natural partners in the delivery of appropriate and compassionate patient care," Dr. Michael Speer, president of the Texas Medical Association — the state's largest physician organization — said in a statement.

The legislation, filed by Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, chairwoman of the House Public Health Committee, and Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, will eliminate on-site physician ...

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