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Monday, June 20, 2011


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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