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TDLR Health Monitor - January 2020 Edition
January 9, 2020
Articles in this January 2020 edition of The Health Monitor include updates on:
- Update from the Executive Director on the Sunset Process
- TDLR Guidance on Senate Bill 1264
- Final Report on Senate Bill 202 Implementation
- Changes in Proctor Requirements for Hearing Instrument Fitters & Dispensers
- New Rules to Assist Licensing for Military Spouses
- TDLR to Host Midwives Educational Summit in January 2020
- Fingerprinting Requirements for Massage Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Presentation for Graduating Students
- Recent Personnel Changes
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.
Guidance Statement on TDI Rules Related to Senate Bill 1264
December 18, 2019
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
September 23, 2019
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:
- Athletic Trainers
- Behavior Analysts
- 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 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or email email@example.com.
Vacancy on Behavior Analyst Advisory Board
April 24, 2019
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) announces one vacancy on the Behavior Analyst Advisory Board (Board) established by Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 506. The Board advises the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) in adopting rules, administering and enforcing the Occupations Code covering Behavior Analysts, and setting fees. The Board meets at the call of the presiding officer of the Commission or the executive director of the Department. This announcement is for:
- one public member who is either a former recipient of applied behavior analysis services or the parent or guardian of a current or former recipient of applied behavior analysis services.
The Board consists of nine members appointed by the presiding officer or the Commission, with the approval of the Commission. Members serve staggered six-year terms with the terms of three members expiring on February 1 of each odd-numbered year. A member may not serve more than two consecutive six-year terms. The Board is composed of the following members:
- four licensed behavior analysts, at least one of whom must be certified as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst--Doctoral or hold an equivalent certification issued by the certifying entity;
- one licensed assistant behavior analyst;
- one physician who has experience providing mental health or behavioral health services; and
- three members who represent the public and who are either former recipients of applied behavior analysis services or the parent or guardian of a current or former recipient of applied behavior analysis services.
Interested persons should submit an application on the Department website. Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800-803-9202) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is not a paid position and there is no compensation or reimbursement for serving on the Board.
- Advisory Board applications available: August 1, 2017
- Advisory Board appointments by Texas Commission of Licensing & Regulation: October 2017
- Advisory Board meeting (voted to propose rules): December 13, 2017
- Proposed rules published for public comment: February 2, 2018
- Advisory Board meeting (voted to send rules to Commission for adoption): March 16, 2018
- TDLR Commission voted to adopt rules: March 27, 2018
- New rules become effective: May 1, 2018
- Licensing applications available: June 15, 2018
- License required: September 1, 2018
Advisory Board Meetings
Upcoming Meeting - January 29, 2020
The next Behavior Analyst Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 125E, in Austin. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online. The meeting will be broadcast live on TDLR's YouTube channel.
Previous Meeting - December 6, 2018