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Legislative Top 10: What It Took To Renew the TMB for 12 Years - 06/17/2019

Today’s TMA’s Legislative News Hotline video looks at lawmakers’ quest to pass legislation to renew the Texas Medical Board for another 12 years. The Texas Legislature passed the sunset bill this session, House Bill 1504, after the 2017 legislature couldn’t get it done. It awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.

Strengthen and Renew the Texas Medical Board - 03/13/2019

First, TMA and our physician members support a strong Board, a strong agency – but one that is fair and transparent. We believe this bill advances these principles for both the public and the profession. At the same time, we would favor the inclusion of three items we believe are consistent with the bill and provide some clarity.

Does Hospital Plan to Give CRNAs Autonomy? - 10/12/2018

The Texas Society of Anesthesiologists is questioning a Corpus Christi hospital’s decision to replace its long-time anesthesiology team with a group it says appears ready to give certified registered nurse anesthetists more autonomy than Texas law allows.

Keep Them From Harm and Injustice? - 10/01/2018

Fear remains a major barrier to transparency of hospital errors.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Special Session Ends; TMB Renewed

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 - 07/10/2018

TMA noted concerns on House Bill 204, by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), which would mandate electrocardiograms for all high school student athletes. TMA instead supports national standardized screening procedures and evidence-based guidelines. HB 204 was heard in the House Public Education Committee earlier this week and left pending.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 - 07/10/2018

TMB Renewal Avoids Doomsday Scenario — Finally

Unmatched Talent - 07/10/2018

TMA's physician leaders aren't ready for alternative licensing path for unmatched medical graduates. "The issue is not the need for a separate licensure path. The issue is residency spots, and we need to remain focused on this.”

Rio Grande Valley Internist Appointed to TMB - 06/18/2018

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed internist Robert David Martinez, MD, of Mission to the Texas Medical Board for a term set to expire April 13, 2019.

Cleanup, Recovery Continue in Harvey-Affected Areas - 05/10/2018

Since Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas Coast on Aug. 25, state agencies have deployed resources to the affected areas, health plans have made policy changes, millions of dollars have been raised through donations, and thousands of Texas physicians have put in extra time and effort to address the public health concerns.

TMB Names Former County Judge as Executive Director - 05/02/2018

The Texas Medical Board has named former Orange County Judge Stephen Brint Carlton as executive director effective April 23.

Oppose Overly Punitive Medical Licensing Bill - 04/27/2018

As filed, this bill would prevent the licensure of any physician who “has been subject to disciplinary action with respect to a medical license by any licensing entity in the five years preceding the date of application.” If enacted, this provision would disqualify ANY physician for medical licensure if they were subject to ANY disciplinary action with respect to a medical license by ANY licensing  entity in five years preceding application.

Allow Interstate Compact for Medical Licensure - 04/27/2018

Support House Bill 661 by Zerwas: The goal of the legislation is to make it easier for qualified physicians to obtain medical licensure in multiple states…. in an expedited, streamlined manner. This may have a number of benefits, including increasing physician participation in telemedicine care. And it may well increase our ability to attract physicians to relocate and practice in our state.

Give the Texas Medical Board Another 12-Year Lease on Life - 04/27/2018

TMA supports HB 3040 by Rep. Burkett. Like all sunset bills, this bill would reauthorize the Texas Medical Board for another 12 years.

Texas Medical Board - 04/27/2018

Texas Medical Board

TMA: Medical Board Should Stop Hiding Experts’ Reviews of Complaints - 04/27/2018

The Texas Medical Board should provide more information to physicians when it investigates complaints against them and needs more flexibility when imposing sanctions, the president of the Texas Medical Association said yesterday.

DPS Automatically Renewed Current, Active CSR Permits - 04/20/2018

Senate Bill 195 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) eliminates the controlled substances registration (CSR) permit program, effective Sept. 1, 2016. To implement the change, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) says it automatically renewed all active or current CSRs on Aug. 20, 2015. They will expire on Aug. 31, 2016. DPS adds that it will not mail new certificates with automatic renewals.

Practice Management Presentations by Request - 03/07/2018

TMA Practice Management Services can provide private, on-site presentations to your practice, group, or meetings upon request. TMA staff, and experts from across the state of Texas, speak on topics such as financial management, practice operations, human resources, and communication skills. Most presentations by request offer CME credit, and may include ethics credit.

A Bump in the Road? Trucker Med Exam Registry Down - 02/13/2018

The online registry for physicians to become certified medical examiners for interstate commercial drivers — such as bus drivers and truckers — has been down for more than two months, an official with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said. Physicians use that same system to upload the results of the drivers’ medical exams.

Under Attack, MOC Boards Pledge Changes - 02/12/2018

Facing a revolt among their diplomates, the boards that run maintenance of certification programs have run up a white flag.

Informal Continuing Medical Education Documentation Record - 09/18/2017

Informal Continuing Medical Education Documentation Record

Medical Board Renewed; Special Session Ends - 08/28/2017

The 85th Texas Legislature returned to Austin July 18 for its first called special session. Senate and House members, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus, have 30 days to address the 20 topics identified by Gov. Greg Abbott starting with the Texas Medical Board sunset bill and other sunset legislation.

Committee on Physician Health and Wellness Courses - 06/09/2017

The Committee on Physician Health and Rehabilitation functions under the TMA Board of Councilors as an advocacy group to promote the health and well-being of physicians, and encourage early intervention and care of physicians who are impaired. List of Committee on Physician Health and Rehabilitation Courses

MOC Amounts to Mandate for Physicians - 05/09/2017

The MOC program began in the mid-90s and granted physicians who completed their training before that date a lifetime board certification, while the remainder of Texas physicians must participate in MOC or lose their ability to care for patients and sustain a practice. For the attorneys on the committee, this is like retaking your high-stakes bar exam every 10 years. Most physicians feel initial board certification is necessary to validate expertise following residency and training programs. However, we find the continuous maintenance of certification process to be burdensome, expensive, and filled with irrelevant curriculum. Most importantly, this process steals valuable time from our patients and our practice. 

Protect Employed Physicians’ Clinical Autonomy - 05/02/2017

Current law requires the Texas Medical Board to receive and investigate complaints against licensees. But it does not require the board to receive and investigate complaints against the entities it certifies. This bill addresses that. Patient care has always been the intent of this bill, and protecting physicians employed by these groups from retaliation when they advocate for patient care is a proper way of effecting that intent.