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Texas State Board of
Podiatric Medical Examiners

Physical Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite #2-320; Austin, Texas 78701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12216; Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: (512)-305-7000
Facsimile: (512)-305-7003

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FY 2016 Podiatric Physician License (DPM) Renewals BEGINS Date/Time: September 1, 2015 @ 12:00 a.m.!
FY 2016 Podiatric Physician License (DPM) Renewal DEADLINE IS Date/Time: November 1, 2015 @ 11:59 p.m.!
♦ Penalty Fees accrue thereafter for "Delinquent" status!
↓ To "Renew Your Texas DPM License" (You can pay by credit card or electronic check!)
↓ To "Update Your DPM Physician Profile" (Profiles can be updated at any time!)
 ♦ "GO - ONLINE" ♦
  Annual Renewal Deadlines by License / Registration Type:  Deadline (@ Midnight):  Renewal Notices Mailed:  Renewal Method:

  Podiatric Physician License (DPM - Podiatric Physician)

 November 1st  September 1 st (Yellow Postcard)  "GO - ONLINE" (TXOL)

 ▪ Radiology Technician Registration (RadTech - Xray)

 December 31st  November 1 st (Paper Form)  Paper Form

 ▪ Hyperbaric Oxygen Registration (DPM - HBO)

 January 31st  December 1 st (Paper Form)  Paper Form

 ▪ Nitrous Oxide Registration (DPM - N2O)

 January 31st  December 1 st (Paper Form)  Paper Form

 ▪ Podiatry Resident License (DPM - Temporary)

 June 30 th  May 1 st (Paper Form)  Paper Form
CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS (Mail/fax form to Board office. For address changes occurring after license renewal.)

SUNSET REVIEW ANNOUNCEMENT ← Effective May 4, 2016, the mission and performance of the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.

Visit the "Questions & Answers"
page for Scope of Practice and Related Regulatory Information. Additional Updates follow below.


♦ Texas Governor's Division of Emergency Management. Click on the following to learn more about "Emergency Management" in the State of Texas and the status of current situations/declarations.

♦ CDC Infection Control In Healthcare Settings. Click on the following for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "Infection Control Guidelines." The Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), protects patients, protects healthcare personnel, and promotes safety, quality, and value in the healthcare delivery system by providing national leadership for nine key areas.

♦ H1N1 Influenza ("Swine Flu") Information. [Posted 04/29/2009 @ 4:00 pm] Click on the following links for further information: 1) Governor Perry's Office; 2) U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); 3) Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

♦ Ebola Update (Ebola Virus Disease). [Posted 10/15/2014 @ 6:46 pm] Click on the following for 1) Office of the Governor Updates; 2) CDC “Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals”; 3) World Health Organization (WHO)


♦ DPS & FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Background Check. Visit the Board's "Criminal History/Getting Fingerprinted" webpage to obtain Criminal History Record Information - Policies & Consequences of Criminal Conviction - Information.

♦ Report Suspected "Medicare / Medicaid Fraud, Waste & Abuse". Health Care Fraud is a nationwide problem of theft from public (Medicare/Medicaid; taxpayer funded) and private health care systems. 1) Call toll free 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477); 2) This service is a product of the United States Department of Health & Human Services - Office of Inspector General; 3) Related Healthcare Fraud topics can be found HERE on the Board's "Questions & Answers" webpage. (Review Q&A #6; #20 & #28)

♦ Abuse/Misuse of Prescriptions/Pain Medications & Drug Diversion (SB144-78th; TOC §202.160). If you are a Podiatric Physician, please click on the following link to learn more about the Abuse/Misuse of Prescriptions/Pain Medications/Drug Diversion (SB144) in accordance with the provisions of Senate Bill 144 (effective January 1, 2004; 78th Texas Legislature). The informational site is graciously hosted through the efforts of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

For any other information regarding "Drug Diversion/Drug Abuse," "Prescription Scope of Practice Information," "Drug Rehabilitation," or to "Report Incidents of Drug Diversion/Substance Abuse/Physician Impairment," please contact Board staff.

"Drug Diversion" is a nationwide problem effecting physicians, patients and the general public. Proper distribution and receipt of "Controlled Substances" can not be achieved without proper regulation. The Board can assist anyone through open communication and reporting of those matters posing a risk to the public health, safety and welfare.

FDA News Release. For Immediate Release: July 9, 2012: "FDA introduces new safety measures for extended-release and long-acting opioid medications."

♦ Disclosure & Consent Forms - Texas Medical Disclosure Panel. Board Rule §375.19 “Fees and Informed Consent” provides that: “(a) The podiatric physician has special knowledge which his patient does not have; therefore, to avoid misunderstanding he should advise his patient in advance of beginning treatment of the nature and extent of the treatment needed; the approximate time required to perform the recommended treatment and services; and any further or additional services or return by the patient for treatment, adjustments, or consultation and the time in which this shall occur. A podiatric physician should inform his patients as to the fees to be charged for services before the services are performed, regardless of whether the fees are charged on a case basis, on the basis of a separate charge for each service, or a combination of these two methods, or some other basis. If an exact fee for a particular service, as in extended care cases, cannot be quoted to a patient, a fair and reasonable estimate of what the fee will be and the basis on which it will be determined should be given the patient. (b) A podiatric physician shall not tender or receive a commission for a referral.”

The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel publishes Rules and Forms related to "Informed Consent" under Title 25; Part 7; Chapter 601 of the Texas Administrative Code. Please click on the link for more information.

♦ Fluoroscopically-Guided Interventional (FGI) Mandatory Safety Awareness Training.
Effective May 1, 2013, the Texas Department of State Health Services - Radiation Control Program (DSHS-RCP) is requiring all practitioners who utilize Fluoroscopically-Guided Interventional (FGI) procedures to complete mandatory Radiation Safety Awareness Training by May 1, 2015. Only Board Certified Radiologists & Radiation Oncologists (MD/DO) are exempted from the mandatory training given their radiation safety training as part of their education.
This mandatory Radiation Safety Awareness Training is a one-time requirement and entails an 8-Hour Category 1 CME course as well as completion of 1-Hour of "hands-on" training by a Radiologist, Licensed Medical Physicist or a Physician (MD/DO) who has completed the mandatory training. [DSHS-RCP Rule 25 Texas Administrative Code; Part 1; Chapter 289; Subchapter E; §289.227(m)(9)(E).]
DSHS-RCP Rule 25 Texas Administrative Code; Part 1; Chapter 289; Subchapter E; §289.227(e)(36) “Use of Radiation Machines in the Healing Arts” – “Definitions” provides that: “Fluoroscopically-Guided Interventional (FGI) Procedures -- An interventional diagnostic or therapeutic procedure performed via percutaneous or other access routes, usually with local anesthesia or intravenous sedation, which uses external ionizing radiation in the form of fluoroscopy to localize or characterize a lesion, diagnostic site, or treatment site, to monitor the procedure, and to control and document therapy. FGI procedures may include but not be limited to: (A) TIPS creation (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); (B) Embolization (any location, any lesion); (C) Stroke therapy; (D) Biliary drainage; (E) Angioplasty with or without stent placement; (F) Stent-graft placement; (G) Chemoembolization; (H) Angiography and intervention for gastrointestinal hemorrhage; (I) Carotid stent placement; (J) RF (radiofrequency) cardiac ablation; (K) Complex placement of cardiac EP (electrophysiology) devices; and (L) PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) (single or multiple vessel).”
DSHS-RCP has advised most fluoroscopic procedures fall under the definition of FGI. To determine if you utilize FGI, one helpful exercise is to break the definition of FGI down into segments and determine if the procedures you perform include any part of the definition.  If so, then you are doing an FGI procedure and are required to complete the mandatory DSHS-RCP Radiation Safety Awareness Training. 
Texas Podiatrists utilizing FGI are required to complete this mandatory DSHS-RCP Radiation Safety Training and will receive 100% TSBPME CME credit.

UPDATE. [Posted 01/14/2015 @ 4:46 PM] DSHS-RCP has delayed the implementation of the Radiation Safety Awareness Training indefinitely. Click HERE for more information.


♦ Prescription Access in Texas (PAT) Announcement. [Posted 08/03/2012 @ 9:00 pm] The Texas Department of Public Safety, Regulatory Services Division formally announced on Thursday, August 2, 2012, the release of "Prescription Access in Texas" (PAT). PAT is a secure online prescription monitoring program, which will assist our Texas health care and law enforcement professionals in quickly identifying potential prescription drug abuse. PAT provides controlled substance prescription dispensing history to authorized medical practitioners, licensing board investigators and law enforcement professionals. A communication specific to our licenses announcing the release and how they can login and register to access the tool can be found HERE.

♦ Hydrocodone - Schedule II. [Posted 09/06/2014 @ 6:00 pm] The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is informing Texans that hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) have been moved from the classification of a Schedule III drug to the more-restrictive Schedule II drug, effective on Oct. 6, 2014.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s rescheduling of HCPs as Schedule II controlled substances will increase the restrictions on prescribing and dispensing practices for hydrocodone combination drugs. HCPs are drugs that contain both hydrocodone – which by itself is a Schedule II drug – and specified amounts of other substances, such as acetaminophen or aspirin. The federal Controlled Substances Act places substances with accepted medical uses into one of four schedules, with the substances with the highest potential for harm and abuse being placed in Schedule II, and substances with progressively less potential for harm and abuse being placed in Schedules III through V.  (Schedule I is reserved for those controlled substances with no currently accepted medical use and lack of accepted safety for use.) See below.

  ▪ Click HERE for additional information on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announcement.

  ▪ Click HERE for the 09/05/2014 DPS Press Release.

  ▪ Click HERE for the 08/21/2014 DEA Press Release.

  ▪ Click HERE for a 09/12/2014 DPS "Q&A Resulting from the Rescheduling of Hydrocodone". [Posted 09/13/2014 @ 8:02 pm]

Again, Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs) will be moving from a Schedule III controlled substance to the more-restrictive Schedule II, effective Oct. 6, 2014. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) rescheduling of HCPs as Schedule II will increase restrictions on prescribing and dispensing practices for HCPs. In preparation for the DEA rescheduling of HCPs, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has increased staffing and resources to respond to medical practitioners needing assistance so they can better serve Texans who require prescriptions for HCPs. See below. [Posted 09/20/2014 @ 8:36 pm]

  ▪ Extended customer service availability from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  ▪ Implemented an automated call back system allowing customers to make an appointment for an agent’s return call.

  ▪ Additional staff to help process registration modifications to allow practitioners to change their approved levels.

  ▪ Extended work hours for staff in both the Customer Contact Center and Order Fulfillment areas.

  ▪ Medical practitioners needing assistance can either call (512) 424-7293 or send a secured email.

  ▪ Medical and mid-level practitioners will need to have correct schedule designations on their registrations with DPS.

  ▪ Practitioners need to use NAR-116 and mid-level practitioners need to use NAR-117 to submit updates. 

  ▪ Prescription Pad Mail-in Order Forms are also on the DPS website.

  For more information, please see Hydrocodone: Schedule II Controlled Substance, DPS’ Press Release and DEA Announcement.

Tramadol - Schedule IV. [Posted 09/06/2014 @ 6:00 pm] DPS is also reminding Texans that tramadol is now a Schedule IV controlled substance as of Aug. 18, 2014. For more information, visit

DPS now offers online payment for Schedule II Prescription Pads. [Posted 11/07/2014 @ 5:00 pm] Practitioners and mid-level practitioners with a valid Controlled Substances Registration and Texas DEA Registration are now able to pay online and electronically submit Prescription Pad Order Forms. Registrants can now order prescription pads in just three easy steps:

1) Pay online at Save the receipt to your computer.

2) Complete the Prescription Pad Order Form. The form is a fillable pdf. After completing the form, print, sign and save to your computer.

3) Go to Contact Us. Select Texas Prescription Program, then select Submit completed prescription pad order form to upload your receipt and completed order form. To ensure timely processing, make sure both documents are attached and uploaded in the same email.

Online payments are processed with major credit cards -Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. In addition to credit card billing information, a valid credit card number, expiration date and verification code are required. Please allow 30 days for delivery.

 For detailed instructions including screenshots, please see Guide to Prescription Pad Ordering.

♦ Notice to all Controlled Substances Registration Registrants (Senate Bill 195 - 84th Session/2015). [Posted 08/20/2015 @ 5:00 pm]

Senate Bill 195 (84th Legislative Session; 2015), eliminates the requirement for a practitioner to have a Controlled Substances Registration with the state of Texas, effective Sept. 1, 2016. To implement this change, all active/current Controlled Substances Registrations (CSR) will automatically be renewed by DPS on Aug. 20, 2015, and will expire on Aug. 31, 2016. New certificates will not be mailed by DPS with automatic renewals. CSR’s may be verified by visiting the CSR Search & Verification System.

The above change will not apply to registrations that expired on or before July 31, 2015. To renew an expired CSR, practitioners must submit a DPS renewal application and pay the $25 renewal fee and $50 late fee.

New/original registrations will continue to be accepted and processed by DPS. New registrations issued after Aug. 20, 2015, will expire Aug. 31, 2016. The completed DPS application and $25 processing fee must be mailed to the address provided on the DPS webpage. Fees will not be prorated.

Instructions for submitting new or renewal DPS applications can be found at CSR Licensing & Registration.

Please visit the DPS website at for updates and additional information. If you need assistance, please visit DPS' Contact Us, select Controlled Substances Registration and complete the online form.

► VETERANS: Texas Veterans Portal Governor Perry and present the Texas Veteran's Portal website which provides specific state services such as a list of community organizations, easy access to forms for veterans like the GI Bill application or disable veteran parking placards and answers to frequent questions. This website is a great source of important information for the 1.7 million veterans who call Texas home.

► LICENSING NOTICE for MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS/VETERANS & MILITARY SPOUSES: Texas Occupations Code Chapter 55 ← provides for certain allowances for the licensing of Military Service Members, Military Veterans and Military Spouses. Please Contact the Board for any licensing questions upon your application/renewal.


♦ HIPAA - General Information. Click here to view Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) "HIPAA-General Information."

♦ Texas Medical Records Privacy Act (HB300 - 82nd; TXHSC Ch. 181). The Texas Medical Records Privacy Act, found in chapter 181 of the Texas Health and Safety Code was significantly amended in 2011 by passage of HB 300, effective September 1, 2012. The Office of the Attorney General's - Consumer Protection Division (OAG-CPD) formulates additional information for licensing agencies to implement HB 300. Citizens may also file a complaint with the OAG-CPD relating to Medical Records Privacy matters by clicking HERE. [Posted 10/09/2012 @ 1:28 pm]


General Training Opportunities: The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC) Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) has released its first web-based security training module, "CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice." The security training module, which was developed with the assistance of the Regional Extension Center Program’s Privacy and Security Community of Practice, uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice. Users choosing the right response earn points and see their virtual medical practices flourish. But users making the wrong security decisions can hurt their virtual practices. The use of gamification by ONC is an innovative approach aimed at educating health care providers to make more informed decisions regarding privacy and security of health information. [Posted 12/10/2012 @ 6:31 pm]


♦ Texas Health Professions Council.
Pursuant to Texas Occupations Code Chapter 101, the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners is a member of the
Health Professions Council (HPC). The HPC is composed of a variety of healthcare licensing boards; the council's mission of which is to coordinate regulatory efforts amongst the various boards represented on the HPC. To view more information on the Health Professions Council and its member board regulatory jurisdictions & professions, please click on the afore link. The HPC also publishes an "Annual Report" to the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House which further identifies it's functions and provides member agency Licensing & Disciplinary Data.

Health Workforce Information by County & County Demographic / Census Information & NPDB Research Statistics. 1) Click on the following to view "Health Workforce Information By County" in the State of Texas compiled by the Health Professions Resource Center of the Texas Department of State Health Services. 2) Click on the following to view "Texas - State & County Quick Facts" (i.e. demographic information by county) compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau. 3) Click on the following to view "NPDB Reporting & Research Statistics" (i.e. statistics for NPDB Medical Malpractice Payment Reports and Adverse Action Reports reported on all practitioners by location) compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.