2001 Legislative Compendium: Medical Licensure and Discipline

Physician Confidentiality | BME Data Retention on Complaints Against Physicians

PHYSICIAN CONFIDENTIALITY

HB 3600 by Rep. Jaime Capelo (D-Corpus Christi) and Sen. David Cain (D-Dallas) provides that the identity and reports of a physician performing compliance monitoring of a physician on probation from the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners is confidential and not subject to discovery.

GRACE PERIOD FOR BME DUES PAYMENT

Senate Bill 1300 by Senator Cain and Representative Capelo provides that a physician who fails to pay his licensing fees on time has a grace period of 30 days to continue to practice. Under current law, the physician has 30 days after the due date to pay the licensure fee but is technically practicing without a license.

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BME DATA RETENTION ON COMPLAINTS AGAINST PHYSICIANS

SB 595 by Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington) and Representative Capelo would have allowed the TSBME to expunge the identity of a physician against whom a complaint had been filed but for whom no action had been taken within 10 years.  The bill also specified when a health care entity could receive information on a pending complaint and provided that only lawsuits and settlements must be reported to the TSBME.  The bill died on the House calendar on the last day of the session.  The expungement provision was amended onto another bill.

Medical Licensure and Discipline TMA Staff Contact

  • C.J. Francisco, JD, Senior Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, (512) 370-1339

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