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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
www.tsbpme.texas.gov

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Complaints (& Compliments)    

On-Line Verification | Disciplinary Actions |

  1. Click here to: File a Complaint.
  2. Patients have requested the ability to report a "Compliment" to recognize their doctor for a job well done. To report a compliment or commendation, please address a letter to the Board.


***Licensees***

  1. Click here to print: Office Complaint Signs - English Office Complaint Signs - Spanish
  2. Click here to print: Criminal History Self-Report Form.
  3. Click here for insurance plan complaints and information: Texas Department of Insurance - Physicians & Health Providers.
  4. Click here to print: Sample Orthotics Consent Form. Due to insurance coverage issues and common complaints of the same, it is recommended that licensees clearly enter into a written agreement with the patient to suffice full informed consent.
  5. Click here to view: Texas Medical Disclosure Panel rules and forms related to "Informed Consent" under Title 25; Part 7; Chapter 601 of the Texas Administrative Code.
  6. Click here to obtain (state/federal): "Student Loan Default" information. Licensees must meet and pay all Student Loan obligations; failure to do so will result in investigation/disciplinary action of your license.
  7. Click here to obtain: "Child Support Default/Delinquency" information. Licensees must meet and pay all Child Support obligations; failure to do so will result in investigation/disciplinary action of your license.
  8. Click here to view: "Podiatric Medical Reviewer" information.
  9. Click here to view: "Guidelines on Board Investigations/Criminal Convictions/Penalty Schedules."
  10. Click here to obtain information on: "Reporting Medical Professional Liability Claims."
  11. Criminal History Evaluation Letters: Board Rule §376.37 "Criminal History Evaluation Letters" provides that: "(a) The purpose of this section is to provide a process by which an individual may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person's eligibility for a license issued by the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners, as allowed by Chapter 53, Subchapter D of the Texas Occupations Code. (b) Prior to applying for licensure, an individual seeking licensure may request that agency staff review the person's criminal history to determine if the person is ineligible for licensure based solely on the person's criminal background. (c) Requestors must submit their requests in writing along with appropriate fees as provided in §371.3(b)(19) of this title (relating to Fees). (d) The agency may require additional documentation including fingerprint cards before issuing a criminal history evaluation letter. (e) The agency shall provide criminal history evaluation letters that include the basis for ineligibility if grounds for ineligibility exist to all requestors no later than the 90th day after the agency receives all required documentation to allow the agency to respond to a request. (f) If a requestor does not provide all requested documentation within one year of submitting the original request, the requestor must submit a new request along with appropriate fees. (g) All evaluation letters shall be based on existing law at the time of the request. All requestors remain subject to the requirements for licensure at the time of application and may be determined ineligible under existing law at the time of application. If a requestor fails to provide complete and accurate information to the agency, the agency may invalidate the criminal history evaluation letter. (h) An individual shall be permitted to apply for licensure, regardless of the agency's determination in a criminal history evaluation letter. However, the filing of an application and tendering of fees does not in any way obligate the Board to admit the applicant to examination or issue a license until such time the applicant has been approved as meeting all requirements for licensure set forth in the Board's laws and rules. No examination fee will be refunded. Applicants who have furnished false information to the Board or who are alleged to be in violation of the Board's laws and rules will be investigated. Such applicants are subject to refusal for admittance to the examination and denial of licensure; Board disciplinary action. Applicants permitted to take the examination are subject to the laws and rules of the Board and to the following conditions. The Board reserves the right to refuse an applicant admittance to the exam if other information comes to the Board's attention prior to the examination date that necessitates barring the applicant from the examination. Furthermore, admittance to the examination is not intended and shall not be construed to imply or constitute a finding of the Board regarding the applicant's fitness to sit for the examination nor as an approval of an application for license after the examination, regardless of the applicant's performance on the exam."

    Board Rule §371.3(b)(19) "Fees" provides that: "An additional $100 charge may be applied for processing special requests exceeding standard application/service costs (e.g. examination rescheduling, excessive/amended document reviews, obtaining legal/court documentation, criminal history evaluation letters, etc.)."

    To begin this review process the requestor will need to: 1) Complete the following Criminal History Query & Report Form and 2) Submit it to the Board along with the $100.00 Fee payable to the TSBPME.

Governor Perry's Executive Order RP36 - July 12, 2004

  • Relating to preventing, detecting, and eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse. PDF of RP36 - July 12, 2004.

  • Governor Perry has directed state agencies to increase enforcement efforts to fight fraud as it relates to occupational licensing and the Board's mission to protect the public.
  • 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."



TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY - "PRESCRIPTION ACCESS IN TEXAS" (PAT) ANNOUNCEMENT

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Regulatory Services Division formally announced on Thursday, August 2, 2012, the release of the 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. [Posted 08/03/2012 @ 9:00 pm]

 


HIPAA - GENERAL INFORMATION & TEXAS MEDICAL RECORDS PRIVACY ACT (HB300-82ND; TXHSC Ch. 181)

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

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.

 

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. http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/privacy-security-training-games [Posted 12/10/2012 @ 6:31 pm]