The Texas Medical Board disciplined eighty physicians in June. The group stated the violations included issues with quality of care, unprofessional conduct, nontherapeutic prescribing, inadequate medical records and impairment infractions. The violations resulted in various penalties including the revocation, suspension or voluntary surrender of the alleged offender’s medical license.
Some examples include:
- Quality of care. The board has accused a doctor of misuse of myocardial biomarkers. This allegedly led to a failure to properly assess and treat a patient with acute coronary syndrome. The board has required the physician complete an assessment and any recommendations that result from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Knowledge, Skills, Training, Assessment, and Research (KSTAR) program. The group has also required the doctor complete additional CMEs in EKG proficiency and cardiac diagnostic testing. He must agree to have his practice monitored for 12 consecutive monitoring cycles by another physician and pay an administrative penalty of $3,000.
- Nontherapeutic prescribing. The Texas Medical Board also accused a physician of providing a close relative with a dangerous psychiatric drug and/or controlled substance. The individual allegedly did not have an immediate medical need for the medication. The doctor has agreed to a voluntary surrender of his medical license pending further disciplinary proceedings.
- Impairment. The group also addressed the future of another physician battling alcohol addiction. The physician in question voluntarily entered a drug testing and alcohol testing program. The board also ordered the physician complete additional CME courses in risk management, ethics, medical recordkeeping and proper handling of drug-seeking patients and prescribing controlled substances.
It is important to note that physicians are not on their own when it comes to a review and investigation by the Texas Medical Board. Physician can have representation to help handle the matter and relieve the stress that comes with the inquiry. An attorney experienced in these matters can help.