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Relating to the prescribing and ordering of Schedule II controlled substances by certain advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.
HB 2250 would repeal provisions of the Occupations Code which limit a physician's ability to delegate to advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants authority for prescribing and ordering of a controlled substance listed in Schedule II under the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
Texas Action supports HB 2250 because it promotes limited government principles. For years, Texas has struggled with physician shortages and access to health care, especially in rural areas. About half of our counties do not have enough primary care physicians, and there are almost 300 medically underserved areas throughout the state. In order to remain competitive with other states and fill large gaps in health care accessibility, Texas lawmakers should continue to expand the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants.