5 Ways to Protect Your Professional License

Even when a practitioner—be they medical professional, teacher, podiatrist or architect—under investigation based on a claim is perfectly certain that the accusation is baseless, the licensing board under whose competence the claim falls is utterly in the dark on the matter. The fact is, most of these licensing boards have been charged by the legislature…

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Why Did My Patient File a Complaint Against Me?

It is not uncommon for patients to file complaints against physicians before the Texas Medical Board. In fact, doctors are among the most second-guessed of the licensed professions, due to the make-or-break nature of their work. People are unforgiving when they put their health in another person’s hands. The Board receives in excess of 7,000…

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Criminal History Evaluation Letters for the TDLR

In order to ease the potential burden of time and money wasted for those with criminal conviction backgrounds—many of whom previously had to go through extensive training and license examination before knowing whether they would, in fact, be denied the license they seek for that preexisting reason—the Texas Legislature in 2009 put in place provisions…

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The Self Report Rule for Texas Dentists

Texas dentists are regulated by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE), which has the power to take disciplinary action against dentists who are found to violate the standard of care, the Dental Practice Act (DPA), or TSBDE Rules. Dental hygienists, registered dental assistants, and dental laboratories in Texas are also regulated by TSBDE.…

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Optional Reports to the Texas Board of Nursing

The Texas Board of Nursing has enacted a Nurse Reporting System designed to further the Legislature’s initiatives on patient safety conducted under Texas Occ. Code Sec 301.1606. To do this, the Board has instituted its own set of rules that define the circumstances under which nurses are considered to have a duty to report various…

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New Regulations for Texas Podiatrists

New TLDR rules governing the practice of podiatry in Texas, adopted under 15 TAC, Chapter 130, went into effect on September 1, 2019. These rules are wide-ranging and have an effect on a number of different elements of practice. Perhaps the change most apparent to practitioners is the implementation of a shift from a one-year…

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