TMB to Certify Pain Clinics

Starting Sept. 1, most pain management clinics in Texas must have Texas Medical Board (TMB) certification .

The new law applies only to clinics that issue prescriptions for opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carisoprodol on a monthly basis for at least 50 percent of their patients. Suboxone isn't included. Surgeons, oncologists, medical and dental schools, hospitals, hospices, and some other entities aren't subject to regulation.

It requires the owner and operator of a pain management clinic to be on-site at least 33 percent of the clinic's operating hours and review at least 33 percent of the patient files, including patient files belonging to a clinic employee or contractor who has the authority to care for patients.   In addition, the clinic owner and operator must not have been disciplined by a licensing entity for inappropriately prescribing, dispensing, administering, supplying, or selling a controlled substance.

More information on the new law will be in the August issue of Texas Medicine .


Action , July 15, 2010