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In accordance with House Bill 3078 (85th Regular Session, 2017), on September 1, 2017 the licensing and regulation of the practice of Podiatry transferred from the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
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News and Updates
TDLR Health Monitor - Q1, 2018
February 21, 2018
TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. This issue was published on February 16, 2018 and you can read it online.
Subject Matter Experts Needed for Examination Review Committee
January 18, 2018
The Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) and their third-party testing vendor PSI seek your help to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) for the Examination Review Committee. SMEs are responsible for the review and evaluation of all Podiatric Physician Jurispurdence examination content, questions and examination reference lists.
If you are interested in applying you should have a broad-based knowledge of the technical aspects of the profession and a familiarity with current techniques, standards and materials. If you would like to be considered as a SME, please complete the Application for the Texas Exam Development Committee (MS Word).
Successful applicants must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding exam content. The positions of Subject Matter Experts are voluntary and all applications are reviewed by the Education and Examination Division. These are not paid positions. All applications must be received by February 23, 2018. TDLR and the citizens of the State of Texas would like to thank you for considering this opportunity for service.
TDLR Health Monitor - Q4, 2017
November 2, 2017
TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. The first issue was published on November 2, 2017 and you can read it online.
Important information for healthcare facilities seeking to use out-of-state healthcare providers to assist with Hurricane Harvey disaster response:
September 14, 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.
Advisory Board Meetings
Past Meeting - January 29, 2018
The Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board met January 29, 2018 in Austin. The agenda and the staff reports are available online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When did the transfer of podiatry to TDLR take place?
All duties and responsibilities for the regulation of podiatry - including licenses and renewals, customer service, and enforcement - transferred to TDLR effective September 1, 2017.
2. Do I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now--issued by the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners --remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew on or after September 1, 2017, you will receive a TDLR-issued license.
3. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
No. You will renew on the same schedule.
4. Have the rules changed?
No. The existing podiatry rules automatically transferred to TDLR on September 1, 2017.
5. Are people at TDLR available to talk to me?
Yes. You will get a “live” person when you call TDLR. Our Customer Service division employs over 45 people who are waiting to help you. TDLR answers nearly 500,000 calls and emails per year. Customer service representatives are trained on the details of the Podiatry program. TDLR also has the resources and expertise of more than 40 licensing specialists and seven medical and health program experts.
6. How do I file a complaint against a podiatrist?
Please submit the Podiatry Complaint Form by mail or fax.
7. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:
- Email updates: Sign up for email updates
When you subscribe to TDLR’s Podiatry email updates, we will provide you with everything you need to know about changes in rules, the law, fees, exam requirements, meetings and more. It’s easy and you will stay in the loop.
- Meetings: Meeting information is posted on the TDLR Meetings page. All Advisory Board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience at the TDLR YouTube page.
- Social Media: TDLR has a Facebook page and a Twitter account dedicated to TDLR Health Professions.
8. Why was the regulation of podiatry transferred to TDLR?
House Bill 3078, 85th Regular Session, adopted the recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission that podiatry regulation be moved to TDLR “to provide institutional stability and administrative savings, improve licensing and enforcement outcomes, and better protect the people of Texas.” House Bill 3078 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 29, 2017.
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