2013 legislation changes prescriptive delegation requirements

On November 1, 2013, Texas Senate Bill 406 (SB 406) goes into effect.  This law governs the delegation of prescriptive authority to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and physician assistants (PAs) in Texas. Physicians who delegate prescriptive authority must have a Prescriptive Authority Agreement in place for any APRN or PA that they supervise.

A comparison chart created by the Coalition for Nurses in Advance Practice outlines the general differences between the current law and delegated prescriptive authority as it will exist under S.B. 406. The chart outlines the differences in the definitions for practice sites, differences in physician supervision and quality assurance requirements, and describes the elements that must be included in the written documents required for delegated prescriptive authority before and after November 1, 2013.

Additional information can also be found in the October issue of the Texas Medical Board Bulletin.