Recent Reforms to the Texas Medical Board Disciplinary Process

Effective September 1, 2011, House Bill 680 moderately reforms the disciplinary process of the Texas Medical Board (“TMB”). The key points of the reform are listed below. Anonymous complaints: The TMB will no longer accept anonymous complaints. “Anonymous” is defined as a complaint that “lacks sufficient information to identify the source or the name of the person who filed the complaint.” That is, the TMB has to be able to identify the complainant. However, the TMB does not have to inform … [Read more...]

Fifth Circuit Rules Against Texas Medical Board in Due Process Case

On December 2, 1010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against the Texas Medical Board ("TMB"),  remanding a suit brought by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeon ("AAPS") and allowing the case to proceed. The AAPS complaint accused the TMB of the following: manipulation of anonymous complaints; conflicts of interest; violation of due process; breach of privacy; and retaliation against those who speak out. The key issue in the case was whether AAPS … [Read more...]

Never Talk to the Police

I've been wanting to post this video for a while. With the ramping up of fraud investigations and investigations of abuse and neglect, there is a chance that some of you might be subjected to an investigation by law enforcement. Additionally, there are investigators in the AG's office whose background is law enforcement. This is a great video about how these people work and why you should jealously guard your 5th Amendment rights. Here is part 2. … [Read more...]