Recent State Policy Reports

Waterloo Research and Consulting recently completed the following policy reports for state-level provider associations in Texas:

Increasing Patient Access and Adherence to Prescription Drugs in Texas: Physician Provision of Prescription Drugs

“Texas law places significant restrictions on the ability of physicians to provide their patients prescription medications. Giving physicians more flexibility to provide medications would lower patient’s and employer’s prescription drug costs, be more accessible and convenient for patients and improve patient medication adherence without negatively impacting patient safety.”

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Allowing Optometrists to Practice to the Full Extent of their Education and Training: Implications for Patient Safety

“Texas has one of the narrowest scopes of practice for optometry in the country, with optometrists significantly restricted in their prescriptive authority, prohibited from independently treating glaucoma, and not permitted to perform certain in-office surgical procedures.”

“This report seeks to analyze the likely safety implications of expanding the scope of practice for optometrists in Texas.”

“Based on the available data, there is no reason to believe that a broader scope of practice for optometrists in Texas will produce negative safety outcomes.”

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Allowing Optometrists to Practice to the Full Extent of their Education and Training: Implications for Access to Care

“[Optometrists] are trained to diagnose, manage, and treat a wide variety of ocular conditions but are not permitted to practice to the full extent of their training under Texas’ narrow scope of practice for optometry. Permitting [optometrists] to practice to the full extent of their education and training would create additional points of access for the growing number of Texans who will require eye care in the coming years.”

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