May Nonphysician Practitioners Order DME?

Q. Under what conditions may my physician assistant order durable medical equipment (DME)?

A. In the past, it wasn't clear to DME suppliers that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) had the authority to order DME. The passage of Senate Bill 406 in 2013 clarified that it is necessary to have prescriptive authority to order these devices and that APRNs and PAs may order or prescribe this equipment provided all requirements for delegation of prescriptive authority are met.

To find out more:

  • See TMA's Delegation of Duties webpage, where you will find links to the Texas Medical Board's FAQs about the new rules on prescriptive delegation and more.
  • Read TMA's newly revised publication, Nonphysician Practitioners: Hiring, Billing, and Delegation of Duties for Nonphysician Practitioners,  second edition, now available through the TMA Education Center.

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