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Notice of Intent to Review

Deadline for comments—November 9, 2020

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) files this notice of intent to review and consider for re-adoption, revision, or repeal the chapters listed below, in their entirety, contained in Title 16, Part 4, of the Texas Administrative Code. This review and consideration is being conducted in accordance with Texas Government Code §2001.039.

Business and Professionals Programs

Chapter 76, Water Well Drillers and Water Well Pump Installers.

Transportation Safety Programs

Chapter 84, Driver Education and Safety.

Business and Consumer Safety Programs

Chapter 85, Vehicle Storage Facilities.

Chapter 86, Vehicle Towing and Booting.

Medical and Health Professions Programs

Chapter 100, General Provisions for Health-Related Programs.

Chapter 110, Athletic Trainers.

Chapter 111, Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Chapter 112, Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers.

Chapter 114, Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Chapter 115, Midwives.

Chapter 116, Dietitians.

During the review, the Department will assess whether the reasons for adopting or readopting the rules in these chapters continue to exist. The Department will review each rule to determine whether it is obsolete, whether the rule reflects current legal and policy considerations, and whether the rule reflects current Department procedures. This review is required every four years.

Written comments regarding the review of these chapters may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules (select the appropriate chapter name for your comment); by facsimile to (512) 475-3032; or by mail to Vanessa Vasquez, Legal Assistant, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas 78711. The deadline for comments is 30 days after publication in the Texas Register.

Any proposed changes to the rules in these chapters as a result of the rule review will be published in the Proposed Rule Section of the Texas Register. The proposed rules will be open for public comment prior to final adoption or repeal by the Department in accordance with the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on September 30, 2020.

Brad Bowman
General Counsel
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Proposed Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to existing rules for the Athletic Trainers Program at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 110, §§ 110.24 and 110.25. The proposed rules are necessary to implement House Bill (HB) 2059, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which requires athletic trainers and other health care practitioners to complete a human trafficking prevention training course in order to renew their license. The proposed rules also allow the course to count toward the required minimum continuing education for athletic trainers.

The proposed rules were published in the September 25, 2020 issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 6660). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until October 26, 2020.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Athletic Trainers Program to review the rule proposal online. Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website.

TDLR Health Monitor – July 2020 Edition

Articles in this July 2020 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:

  • Human Trafficking Prevention Training Required for Renewals Starting September 1
  • COVID-19: Report from Remote State Operations Center
  • Massage Therapy Student Permit and Tracking Coming Soon
  • Virtual Midwives Educational Summit
  • TDLR: Safeguarding Consumers
  • TDLR Resumes Safety Inspections and Enforcement Investigations
  • Prescription Monitoring Program Deadline Reminder - Sign Up Now!

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.

TDLR Adopts Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopts amendments to existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 110, §§110.21, 110.23, 110.30, and 110.70, regarding the Athletic Trainers program. The adopted rules make changes to certain licensing requirements; make clean-up changes; add a non-exclusive list of domains that may be tested on the Texas written examination; change the term of a temporary license; and remove a prohibition on using testimonials in advertising.

The adoption justification was published in the July 24, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 5171). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of August 1, 2020.

86th Legislative Session Update

Notice to Health Care Practitioners of New Training Requirement

House Bill 2059 requires certain health care practitioners to complete a Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) approved human trafficking prevention training course to renew their license. The bill also requires HHSC to post a list of approved courses on their website. Licensees are required to comply with the training requirements beginning September 1, 2020. For more information, visit our Human Trafficking Prevention Training for Health Care Practitioners webpage.

COVID-19: Continuing Education Waived

TDLR continuing education requirements are waived for all individual licenses expiring in March, April, and May 2020. Licensees still need to submit their renewal applications, pay the required fees, and TDLR will check their criminal histories, but they will not need to complete any TDLR-required continuing education this licensing cycle. (§51.405, Occupations Code)

Note: TDLR is not authorized to waive continuing education requirements imposed by a certifying or credentialing entity other than TDLR. If a certifying entity requires continuing education to maintain certification, and certification is required for Texas licensure, then that continuing education must be completed. If the certifying entity waives continuing education or allows it to be completed on a delayed basis due to COVID-19, then you may follow the certifying entity’s policy.

Please check the TDLR COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Updates to Athletic Trainers Law(s)

This message is provided to notify you of changes to the Athletic Trainers law(s).

House Bill 2299 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, amended Occupations Code, Chapter 451, relating to an exemption from licensing requirements for physicians associated with certain sports teams. House Bill 2299 and the changes to Chapter 451 became effective September 1, 2019.

TDLR encourages all persons interested in the Athletic Trainers program to review the updated Occupations Code, Chapter 451.

Guidance Statement on TDI Rules Related to Senate Bill 1264

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has adopted emergency rules interpreting Senate Bill (SB) 1264’s prohibitions related to “surprise billing” (or “balance billing”). This Guidance Statement is intended to provide clear information concerning SB 1264 to Texas patients, clients, and health care providers under the regulatory authority of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

SB 1264 prohibits surprise billing, with certain exceptions. Health care providers under TDLR’s regulatory authority who seek to exercise the exceptions to SB 1264’s prohibitions against balance billing must comply with all provisions of SB 1264, including as interpreted by TDI rules. See the TDI SB 1264 webpage for additional information. SB 1264 applies to a health care or medical service or supply provided on or after January 1, 2020.

TDLR will be responsible for investigating complaints and taking disciplinary action against TDLR licensees for violations of SB 1264, including as interpreted by TDI rules. Any person who believes that a TDLR-licensed health care provider has committed a balance billing-related violation may file a complaint online with TDLR. Additionally, TDLR and TDI will work together to ensure that any complaints filed with TDI regarding TDLR licensees will be referred to TDLR and investigated.

TDLR will be working on the development of enforcement rules consistent with SB 1264 and TDI’s rules interpreting the statute. As rulemaking moves ahead, we look forward to a transparent process and engaging the public and stakeholders on this important issue.

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist with Tropical Storm Imelda Disaster Response

On September 19, 2019 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 Tropical Storm Imelda disaster response operations.

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 Tropical Storm Imelda disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the TDLR by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: recovery@tdlr.texas.gov

TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Behavior Analysts
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov.

June Practical Exam Session Added

Attention Athletic Trainer Students! A June Practical Exam Session has been added for June 30, 2019 at the Texas Health Sports Medicine Ben Hogan Center ONLY in Fort Worth. If you have submitted your documentation to TDLR to be made exam eligible, please contact PSI to schedule your appointment as soon as possible since there is limited availability.

Longview High School Athletic Trainers Receive TDLR Courage Under Pressure Award

award recipients and coachDeirdre 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.trainers and athletic board presenting award

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%
Reinstatement Fee $75 $0 $75 100%

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.

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

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
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • 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.


Advisory Board Meetings

Upcoming Meeting - November 2, 2020

The next Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 2, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online. The meeting will be held via videoconference and will be viewable on TDLR’s YouTube channel.

Previous Meeting - June 22, 2020

The Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers met June 22, 2020 via videoconference. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.