Dealing With the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
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You provide valuable medical services, often working in intense environments, to save the lives of other Texans. You want to be out in your community helping people, not dealing with a potentially career-threatening disciplinary action. That is why facing disciplinary action can be frustrating. Emergency medical service professionals are regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
If you are an EMT, paramedic, or other emergency service professional facing disciplinary action from DSHS, do not try to respond to the complaint on your own. Get an experienced medical license defense attorney on your side today.
Understand how DSHS investigates an emergency medical service professional complaint
DSHS refers complaints about emergency medical service professionals to the EMS Compliance Group for preliminary investigation. The preliminary investigation confirms DSHS jurisdictional authority over the complaint. Common complaints under DSHS EMS Compliance Group jurisdiction include violations of care or protocol, report or documentation of patient care violations, expired licensure or certification violations, or allegations of drug diversion or criminal conduct. Other unprofessional conduct that poses a danger to the public may be cause for disciplinary action.
Matters falling within DSHS jurisdiction will have a formal investigation opened with the DSHS Enforcement Review Committee to determine the validity of the allegations. When allegations are found to be valid, the Committee will determine the disciplinary action warranted. The Committee might determine a case should be dismissed. In some circumstance, a licensee can complete a remediation plan with no formal disciplinary action. The Committee has the authority to assess a fine (EMS Provider only) or suspend or revoke certifications and licenses.
Disciplinary actions are published online, meaning the damage to your reputation can be as devastating as the enforcement action itself. Throughout the process, you have rights and options.