TMB No Longer Requiring Practices to Follow COVID-19 Safe-Practice Standards
By David Doolittle

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The Texas Medical Board’s (TMB) minimum safe-practice standards are no longer in place, the Texas Medical Association has learned. However, TMB recommends practices continue to follow federal guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The standards, which were created in April, required physicians and practices to implement several safety measures, including wearing N95 masks and face shields when within 6 feet of a patient, and screening patients for potential COVID-19 symptoms before any encounter.

TMB officials said the standards expired in October after Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order in September that reauthorized non-emergent elective surgeries at hospitals in Texas.

“When TMB issues specific mandates related to a governor’s order, those mandates have to follow the life of the executive order,” a TMB official told Texas Medicine Today.

Since then, Governor Abbott has removed all state mandates on wearing masks and allows all businesses to open at 100% capacity starting March 10.

Although state mask mandates have been lifted, practices can still require patients, staff, and visitors to adhere the minimum safe-practice standards.

Last Updated On

June 11, 2021

Originally Published On

March 05, 2021

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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