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TDLR Health Monitor - March 2019 Edition
March 11, 2019
Articles in this March 2019 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:
- the 2019 Texas legislative session (86R)
- new criminal conviction guidelines for the behavior analyst program
- upcoming improvements to exams for several occupations
- midwives educational summit
- health occupations annual report
- upcoming conferences
The TDLR Health Monitor is a quarterly newsletter that provides news and information about TDLR’s medical and health-related programs. Archives of past editions of the TDLR Health Monitor can be viewed here.
Longview High School Athletic Trainers Receive TDLR Courage Under Pressure Award
Deirdre Scotter and Kristin Croley, athletic trainers at Longview High School, received the TDLR Courage Under Pressure Award during the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers meeting on Monday, Jan. 14.
Scotter and Croley saved the life of cross-country coach Ken Jernigan after he collapsed at the end of practice on October 22, 2018. (watch the presentation)
During the awards presentation, Coach Jernigan praised Scotter and Croley. “These two young ladies are heroes,” he said. “Had they not done everything just right, if they had delayed even a minute, I would not be here.”
During an interview before the ceremony, Scotter said October 22 had been “a typical day.” It was toward the end of the day, and she and Croley were about to start working on football practice when they heard two cross country athletes yelling in the hallway.
Once Coach Jernigan was in the ambulance, Croley said, “he kept saying he was okay!”
Scotter has been an athletic trainer with Longview for 10 years and Croley has been with Longview for about 2 years.
During the ceremony, Coach Jernigan said that he will be paying even more attention during CPR/AED training. “We go through the training every two years, and we know how important it is, but until you go through something like this, you don’t know how important it is,” he said.
Athletic Trainers: One Year Update
September 25, 2017
In 2015 the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, transferring the Athletic Trainers program from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR). The program transfer to TDLR took place in October 2016. As part of our mission to deliver improved service to Texans at a lower cost, TDLR reduced the following fees for the Athletic Trainers program:
|Athletic Trainers||Previous Fee||TDLR Fee||$ Reduced||% Reduced|
|Criminal History Evaluation Letter Fee||$50||$25||$25||50%|
We’ve also reduced processing and administrative fees for each online transaction. Thanks to these reductions, Texas Athletic Trainers kept $10,966.50 in their pockets in their first year at TDLR. (October 2016 – September 2017)
We’ve also reduced the word count in the Athletic Trainers program administrative rules to make them more clear, concise, and easier to read--without impacting their effectiveness:
|Athletic Trainers||DSHS||TDLR||Difference||% Reduced|
|Administrative Rules Word Count||12,860||5,255||7,605||59%|
At TDLR, one of our core values is open and free communication. During this first year, the 4,690 email subscribers were contacted 13 times for a total of 60,970 emails, with information about meetings, rule changes, licensing, and more. In addition, since November 2015 the public and all interested parties have been invited to six public meetings of the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers.
TDLR is delivering on our promise to eliminate unnecessary barriers to doing business, promote transparency and accountability, and protect the health and safety of all Texans. We look forward to serving you, and always appreciate any feedback at: email@example.com
Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response
September 3, 2017
On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey.
The suspension allows a healthcare provider who holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by another state jurisdiction satisfying qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills to render aid in this state to meet an emergency or disaster.
This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.
For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov
TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:
- Athletic Trainers
- Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
- Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
- Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov.