AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Health Care Policy will host the Policy Primer “Let the People In! Scope of Practice Reform in Texas” on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol Legislative Conference Center located in room E2.002
The Policy Primer will focus on scope of practice reform in Texas. Panelists include:
John Davidson (moderator) – Senior Policy Analyst with the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
The Honorable John Zerwas, M.D. – Texas House of Representatives
Christy Banco – Proprietor, Ageless Medical Spa and Clinic
Bill Sage, M.D., J.D. – James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence at UT Law
At the Primer, the Foundation will also release Reform for a Healthy Future: Expand Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners in Texas, a report by Senior Health Care Policy Analyst John Davidson on the need for scope of practice reform for Texas nurse practitioners.
“To remain competitive with other states and fill persistent gaps in health care delivery, Texas lawmakers should expand scope of practice laws for advanced-practice nurses,” Davidson writes, “Ideally, Texas law would mirror the most liberal scope of practice laws in the country, such that APNs are allowed to practice to the extent of their education and training, including prescriptive and diagnostic authority, the ability to operate independent on-site clinics, and serve as primary care providers.”