House Tentatively Approves "Scope-of-Practice" Bill

Advanced practice nurses and physician assistants under the supervision of a physician may soon have broader authority to prescribe controlled substances, after the House gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a so-called scope-of-practice bill.

The “scope-of-practice” compromise has “been worked on for years and years and years,” said state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, calling Senate Bill 406 one of her highest priorities this session

SB 406, by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and sponsored by Kolkhorst, will eliminate the requirement for on-site physician supervision to allow doctors to delegate the authority to prescribe and order medical devices to advanced ...

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