Scope of Practice

  • Experience. That’s Why Physicians Lead Medical Teams

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    Because advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants interact with so many patients, many assume nonphysician practitioners are a type of physician or a physician-in-training. This chart compares how physicians, APRNs, and PAs in Texas are educated, trained, and employed in health care settings. It shows why APRNs and PAs are considered vital parts of medical teams – and why physicians are the leaders of those teams.

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  • TMA Says “No” to Federal Scope Expansion Under President’s Medicare Executive Order

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    President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on Medicare includes scope-of-practice language that is raising concerns among Texas physicians – including the president of the Texas Medical Association.

    Read TMA's Concerns  
  • CRNAs Can’t Administer Anesthesia Unless Physician Delegates

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    The state attorney general has agreed with the Texas Medical Association in an official opinion that keeps certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) from administering anesthesia without physician delegation.

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    General's Opinion
  • Legislative Wins on Scope of Practice: Shot Down

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    When it comes to shooting down dangerous attempts to expand non-medical practitioners’ scope of practice, TMA’s advocacy army once again proved to be expert marksmen in 2019.

    Charting Medicine's Statehouse Progress: Scope  
  • Healthy Vision 2025 Calls for Teamwork, not Scope Expansion

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    The sentence has appeared in every edition of the Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision series since the first Healthy Vision 2010 was published 14 years ago: “TMA opposes any efforts to expand any health professionals’ scope of practice beyond what is safely permitted by their education, training, and skills.” That focus on safety remains an integral part of Healthy Vision 2025, published last week. And that sentence remains, verbatim.

    Stop Scope of Practice Intrusion  
  • Does Hospital Plan to Give CRNAs Autonomy?

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    The Texas Society of Anesthesiologists is questioning a Corpus Christi hospital’s decision to replace its long-time anesthesiology team with a group it says appears ready to give certified registered nurse anesthetists more autonomy than Texas law allows.

    Here's What You Need to Know  
  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • Information on Delegation of Duties to NPPS

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    TMA has a number of tools to help physicians manage nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) properly.

    Review the Guidelines and Resources  
  • Medical Associations Challenge Nursing Council

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    The TMA, AMA, and other state medical societies are asking the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to remove or revise parts of an interstate compact that would alter state scope-of-practice laws for advanced practice registered nurses.

    Find Out Why