The Texas Medical Board recently suspended the medical license of a pediatrician out of Rockwall, Texas. There are no prior disciplinary issues on record for the 62 year-old physician. He had practiced for 14 years in Texas prior to the suspension.
The Texas Medical Board is responsible for the licensing and regulation of doctors in our state. It also oversees acupuncturists, physician assistants, radiologists, respiratory care practitioners and others.
An Austin doctor’s ordeal has already lasted nearly three years and the end is not yet in sight. Dr. Robert Van Boven might be forgiven for prematurely celebrating the end back in December of last year. That was when he received the news that the Texas Medical Board had finally accepted a ruling from the State Office of Administrative Hearings that exonerated him of allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a pair of patients and unprofessional conduct with another.
He stood before the court in his prison overalls and shackles. Humbled by his Medicare fraud conviction, Dr. Salomon Melgen conceded at his sentencing hearing that he had made mistakes in his personal life and asked the judge for mercy.
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy will be meeting here in Austin in a few days to discuss a wide variety of matters, including disciplinary orders. The Texas board and similar regulatory bodies across the nation are increasingly focused on ways to address an opioid crisis that affects much of the nation.
The Texas Medical Board has scheduled to meet this Friday, October 20 here in Austin. The board says in its mission statement that its goal is always to "protect and enhance the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence." Its job is to regulate the practice of medicine through licensure, discipline and continuing education.
You don’t have to drive very far from Austin to get into rural parts of Texas where doctors are few and far between. The scarcity of physicians in sparsely populated areas makes the doctors who are around worth their weight in gold to the people of the area.
Late last month, the Texas Medical Board met and disciplined 38 doctors. The disciplinary actions included nine orders involving allegations of unprofessional conduct, six involving quality of care violations, one revocation of a license, three restrictions of licenses, three orders related to peer review and more than a dozen others.
The powerful Texas Medical Board recently held its quarterly meeting here in Austin and has another scheduled to take place on October 19 and 20. Among the topics the board considers and discusses are complaints filed by members of the public against physicians licensed to practice in our state.
Health care experts have been saying it for years, but new research confirms it: the vast majority of medical bills contain errors. In fact, researchers at a health care advocacy group say that the mistake-rate might be as high as 80 percent.