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TMB Expands Telemedicine, Opportunities for Retired Physicians Because of COVID-19 - 05/19/2020

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 “state of disaster” declaration Friday, the Texas Medical Board has taken several steps to help Texas physicians safely and effectively care for patients. On Thursday, the TMB issued a waiver that allows telephone refills of valid prescriptions for treatment of chronic pain by a physician with an established chronic pain patient.


TMA White Paper Explains Minimum Safe-Practice Standards Rule - 05/13/2020

The Texas Medical Board’s new rule requiring practices follow minimum safe-practice standards has caused a lot of questions and headaches for physicians throughout the state. To help ease any pain, the Texas Medical Association has published a white paper on the rule, which went into effect May 1.


TMA to TMB: Let Docs Decide Whether In-Person Visit Needed For Subsequent Opioid Scrips - 03/06/2020

The Texas Medical Association has some suggestions for the Texas Medical Board on how to implement the state’s new 10-day limit on opioid prescriptions for acute pain. A letter to the board says it should be up to the physician’s judgment whether a non-initial 10-day prescription for acute pain requires seeing a patient in-person.


TMB Pulls Proposed Rule on Surprise Bills - 12/09/2019

The Texas Medical Board has withdrawn its proposed rules to implement pieces of the state’s new law introducing baseball-style arbitration on many out-of-network medical bills. At its meeting Friday, the board pulled down its rule proposal, saying in a statement that it “would not cover all providers under the statute.”


TMB Transitions to Electronic Licenses in September - 09/18/2019

Beginning Sept. 1, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) will no longer issue paper licenses for physicians or physician assistants. Instead, new and renewed licenses will be available via the My TMB online portal.


Setting the Record Straight: Supreme Court Curtails TMB for Over-Sanctioning Physician - 08/02/2019

Eight years ago, when he experienced a rare patient death, McAllen family physician Ruben Aleman, MD, signed the death certificate the way Texas physicians had been doing it for years, and the only way he knew how: using pen and paper. That resulted in the Texas Medical Board (TMB) not only coming after him, but accusing him of “unprofessional or dishonorable conduct that is likely to deceive or defraud the public” – words found in the state Medical Practice Act. The Texas Supreme Court recently decided that was an overreach for a physician who simply hadn’t signed up on the state’s electronic death registration system, which at the time was relatively new.


TMB: Back on Track - 08/02/2019

Two years ago during the 2017 regular session, the Texas Legislature put the practice of medicine in the state in serious danger, failing to renew the Texas Medical Board (TMB) and the state’s Medical Practice Act. In 2019 House Bill 1504 by Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) put TMB back on the standard 12-year sunset cycle, renewing the board through 2031.


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: Week Ending Aug. 4, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Either House Bill 1 or Senate Bill 20 must pass the other chamber. Without legislative action, the TMB and the Medical Practice Act both will expire Sept. 1. SB 20 was heard in the House State Affairs committee mid-week and left pending. HB 1 still awaits referral to a Senate committee.


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

There’s Light at the End of the Medical Board Renewal Tunnel


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending Aug. 18, 2017 - 07/10/2018

The Texas Legislature’s first called special session ended one day early this week, when the House, and then the Senate, adjourned Sine Die. Fortunately, the imperative bills passed in time. Here’s a quick update.


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

Special Session Ends; TMB Renewed


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 - 07/10/2018

With extremely limited time remaining in the special session, the filing of bills has stopped. More than 580 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with three days to go. TMA continues to actively monitor many of them as the special session rapidly wanes.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Check out the strong (and short!) Doomsday video message from TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 - 07/10/2018

With limited time remaining in the special session, the pace of bill filing is a slow trickle. More than 540 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with less than two weeks to go. TMA is tracking 127 of them — many of which are reprised from the regular session. Stay tuned for daily updates.


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

The final week of the Texas Legislature’s first called special session is underway, with progress finally being made on the imperative bills. Here’s a quick update — more detail can be found in a previous Hotline.


TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 - 07/10/2018

Governor Abbott signed the Senate version of the Texas Medical Board (TMB) Sunset bills — SB 20 (which extends the life of TMB) and Senate Bill 60 (which provides funding for the agency) — on Friday, the same day they passed on third reading in the House. The bills’ passage meant an end to the Texas Health Care Doomsday scenario.


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


TMA Legislative News Hotline, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 - 07/10/2018

TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, urges action by lawmakers in this short Doomsday video message. With limited time remaining in the special session, the pace of bill filing has essentially stopped. Nearly 575 have been introduced thus far in a condensed session with one week to go. TMA continues to actively monitor 133 of them as the special session wanes. Stay tuned for daily updates.


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.