- The Senate has passed Senate Bills 190 and 191 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). SB 190 would allow physicians to tape the proceedings of a TMB informal settlement conference, which eliminates the truly anonymous complaints. It would provide a physician with notice if an insurance company files a complaint. It would prohibit the granting of a license to an applicant who has had a medical license suspended or revoked by another state or country. SB 191 would bind TMB to the ruling of an administrative law judge in a proceeding supervised by the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
- SB 177 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) is waiting to be voted out of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. It requires the board to do all of the above.
- SB 227 by Senator Nelson was passed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is now waiting for debate in the full Senate. SB 277 would provide discretion for TMB to waive a fine in lieu of a remedial action plan for a minor administrative violation.
Monday, April 11, 2011
TMA'S TMB-REFORM PACKAGE MOVING THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE
TMA’s bills to reform the Texas Medical Board (TMB) are moving. We understand many physicians’ frustration with the board, and we are behind a package of bills that would improve how TMB handles complaints against physicians without undermining the board’s responsibility to protect the public from bad actors. Here’s a status update on our package of reform legislation:
Posted by Steve Levine at 12:51 PM