As a licensed acupuncturist, you provide your patients with non-invasive healing. You have worked hard to earn your acupuncturist license from the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. Despite the Board’s strict licensing regulations, the use of acupuncture in health care treatment often comes under fire. Further, a single complaint filed with the Board can destroy your acupuncturist career, livelihood, and your professional reputation.
What You Need to Know About the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners
The mission of the Board is “to protect and enhance the public’s health, safety, and welfare by establishing and maintaining standard of excellence used in regulating the practice of acupuncture and ensuring quality health care for the citizens of Texas through licensure, discipline, and education.”
The Board meets three times a year and is comprised of nine members who are appointed by the Governor for six-year staggered terms. The nine Board members are:
- Four acupuncturists with at least five years in the practice of acupuncture in Texas and are not licensed in Texas as physicians;
- Two physicians who are licensed in Texas and are experienced in the practice of acupuncture; and
- Three members of the public who are not licensed or trained in a health care profession.
The Board of Acupuncture Examiners regulates acupuncturists in Texas and conducts investigations on any complaint filed against a licensee.
What You Need to Know If a Complaint Is Filed with the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners
The Board of Acupuncture Examiners has the authority to cancel, revoke, restrict, suspend, or otherwise limit the license of any acupuncturist upon proof of a violation of Texas law or the Board’s rules.
Complaint investigations against acupuncturists determine if the licensee violated Chapter 205 of the Texas Occupations Code or the Board’s rules. Some allegations or issues that could put an acupuncturists license in jeopardy include:
- Failure to follow clean needle protocols.
- Breaking a patient’s confidentiality.
- Being convicted of a criminal offense.
- Dishonest or unethical conduct.
- Violations of the Acupuncture Practice Act or an agency rule.
If the Acupuncture Board receives a complaint against you, they will send you a letter providing you with notice of the allegations. If it important for you to know that the Board imposes strict deadlines to respond. Our Firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced acupuncture license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case.
You have the right to defend yourself and the right to representation during the entire complaint process. Our attorneys know how to represent acupuncturists at every stage of the complaint process, from the initial investigation and any settlement negotiations through subsequent hearings that may follow.
Our law firm helps professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack by a state agency or board.
The professional license defense lawyers at The Bertolino Law Firm have consistently won significant cases for acupuncturists, doctors, nurses, lawyers, architects, pharmacists and other professionals dealing with issues that could jeopardize their ability to work. We know how to build a strong case to protect your license – and your livelihood. Our results speak for themselves.
If you have received a licensing complaint, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We represent licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. Our honest, experienced attorneys will fight aggressively on behalf of your license and reputation. Contact us today or call (512) 476-5757 and schedule a case evaluation.