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Monday, June 20, 2011

PERRY SIGNS OUR TMB-REFORM BILLS INTO LAW

TMA’s package of bills to reform the Texas Medical Board is now law. Gov. Rick Perry signed SB 227 by Senator Nelson and Rep. Susan King (R-Abilene), and House Bill 680 by Rep. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), and Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Southside Place). One of the most important things the bills do is prohibit the filing of anonymous complaints. They also:

  • Require the board to notify the physician when insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, or third-party administrators file a complaint;
  • Increase the time for a physician to respond to a complaint notice from 30 days to 45 days;
  • Allow physicians to tape the proceedings of a TMB informal settlement conference;
  • Allow TMB to require a remedial action plan rather than impose a fine for a minor administrative violation; and
  • Institute a seven-year statute of limitation on bringing a disciplinary action.

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