Dear Texas AANP members,
Good news! Texas is reducing some of the red tape that hinders the ability of NPs to care for their patients. House Bill 278 was signed into law by Governor Abbott on May 16, 2019 and will take effect on September 1, 2019.
This Act revises requirements for meetings between a nurse practitioner (NP) and a physician under the current delegation agreement. The law retires the requirement that these meetings be conducted face-to-face. AANP will bring our members added details as the regulations around this change once they are available.
AANP is encouraged that Texas policymakers are beginning to understand the challenges and costs associated with delegation agreements and are looking for solutions. We celebrate the end of the face-to-face requirement and all of the effort that Texas NP associations put into advancing the bill. AANP remains committed to retiring delegation agreements completely and continues to work with our Texas partners and the state's NP organizations to make that a reality.
The end of Texas session is in sight, but we still expect fast and furious bill activity. You may track the progress of other Texas legislation by visiting AANP's State Legislation Tracking Center or by visiting the AANP Advocacy Center to look up your legislator and lend your voice to these efforts. AANP will provide updates to members as bills relevant to NP practice move through the legislative process.
Christy Blanco, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC
North Texas AANP State Representative
Jessica Peck, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP
South Texas AANP State Representative
AANP State Policy Analyst