Scope of Practice

  • Court Sides With TMA in Final Ruling on Chiropractic Scope of Practice Lawsuit

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    We won! In a final judgment by Travis County District Court Judge Rhonda Hurley, TMA prevailed in its long-held declaration that the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners' rules permitting chiropractors to make medical diagnoses and perform other medical procedures exceed the chiropractic scope of practice. 

    Another Scope Victory!  
  • Promote Physician-Led Health Care Teams

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    Texas needs more physicians and other health care professionals working in all parts of the state, especially in rural and border Texas. But the real gains in improving access to and coordination of patient care will come largely from solidifying and expanding the use of physician-led teams. Team-based care capitalizes on the efficiencies of having the right professional providing the right services to the right patient at the right time … with overall direction and coordination in the hands of physicians.

    More on Physician-Led Team Approach to Care  
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    Victory! Marriage and Family Therapists Can't Diagnose

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    In a scope-of-practice victory for medicine, the Supreme Court of Texas upheld the Third Court of Appeals' decision that the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists' diagnostic assessment rule exceeds the scope of marriage and family therapy.

    Read More About This Huge Victory
  • Houston Judge Changes Course, Says DOs Can File Commitment Papers

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    Physicians across Texas are breathing a sigh of relief — at least for now — thanks to Harris County Probate Judge Rory Olsen's decision to allow doctors of osteopathy (DOs) to file Certificates of Medical Examinations needed for mental health commitments. TMA and a host of other physician organizations have been fighting the judge's initial ruling, which prohibited DOs from signing the commitment papers. 

    Judge Backs Off Discrimination Against DOs  
  • TMA Opposes Dental Board's Sleep Apnea Treatment Rules

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    TMA is fighting the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners' (TSBDE's) proposed rule changes for dental treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. TMA supports the Texas Medical Board's (TMB's) Position Statement on the Practice of Sleep Medicine and Dentists, which clearly states "the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea are the practice of medicine." 

    Read More About The Opposition
  • 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