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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 2015 Podiatric Physician License (DPM) Renewals BEGINS Date/Time: September 1, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

♦ FY 2015 Podiatric Physician License (DPM) Renewal DEADLINE IS Date/Time: November 1, 2014 @ 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 December 1 st (Paper Form) Paper Form

 ▪ Hyperbaric Oxygen Registration (DPM - HBO)

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

 ▪ Nitrous Oxide Registration (DPM - N2O)

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

 ▪ Podiatry Resident License (DPM - Temporary)

June 30 th May 1 st (Paper Form) Paper Form

TSBPME GENERAL NOTICES / RESOURCES & REGULATORY UPDATES:

CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS (Complete, print and mail/fax form to Board office. Address updates can be submitted at any time!)

► EBOLA UPDATE (EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE) [Posted 10/15/2014 @ 6:46 pm]:

► PLEASE VISIT THE "QUESTIONS & ANSWERS" PAGE FOR:

TO 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.

► TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY - "CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES" UPDATES:  

Hydrocodone - Schedule II. 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. [Posted 09/06/2014 @ 6:00 pm]

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

► 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. [Posted 08/03/2012 @ 9:00 pm]

  • 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]

 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 VETERANS PORTAL Governor Perry and Texas.gov 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.

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

 

 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 A ("Swine Flu") INFORMATION: Please 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); 4) World Health Organization (WHO) [Posted 04/29/2009 @ 4:00 pm]

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

► 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.

► HEALTH WORKFORCE INFORMATION BY COUNTY & COUNTY DEMOGRAPHIC/CENSUS INFORMATION & NPDB RESEARCH STATISTICS:

  • 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.

  • Click on the following to view "Texas - State & County Quick Facts" (i.e. demographic information by county) compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • 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.

► TSBPME BOARD MEETING DATES:

  • The Board last met on Monday August 11, 2014 at the William P. Hobby Jr. State Office Building; 333 Guadalupe; Ste. #2-225; Austin, TX 78701 @ 8:30 AM (stands adjourned).

  • The Board meets again (regular) on Monday April 20, 2015 at the William P. Hobby Jr. State Office Building; 333 Guadalupe; Ste. #2-225; Austin, TX 78701 @ 8:30 AM.

  • Once a meeting is scheduled and it's agenda determined, approximately 10-business days prior to the date of the meeting, it is posted in the Texas Register as an Open Meeting Notice.