Use of Professional Titles by Unlicensed Physicians: A licensed physician who delegates medical acts to an unlicensed individual should assure that there are no misleading communications to patients that denote or connote licensure when such person is not licensed by the State of Texas. Graduates of medical schools who are not licensed to practice medicine by the Texas Medical Board and who are employed in some capacity in the health care field should become completely familiar with the Texas Medical Practice Act and appropriate insurance billing codes for nonphysician personnel. TMA, in conjunction with the Texas Hospital Association, voted to develop and recommend policy to a nongovernmental entity or entities (such as an employer) to (a) review and verify credentials and documentation of individuals not licensed to practice medicine, and (b) conduct a background check on individuals regarding appropriate professional issues. A licensed physician who delegates medical acts to an unlicensed individual should assure that such individual avoid use of terms or identifiers that connote licensure, such as doctor, MD, or DO, for the purposes of billing for such acts (Council on Medical Education, p 89-90, A-98; amended CM-PDHCA Rep. 2-A-08; reaffirmed CME Rep. 2-A-18).
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August 16, 2018