Texas Medical Board to host town-hall meetings

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After much criticism and the filing of a lawsuit by AAPS against it, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) will host a series of town hall meetings this summer. This exercise is supposedly to “gather input and feedback about regulation of the medical profession.”

“We want to encourage a more active dialogue with doctors and with the public,” said TMB Board President Roberta Kalafut, D.O. “The impressions we have as regulators may not mirror the impressions of the licensees.”

But none of the scheduled town hall meetings are in the Houston area, by far the largest city in Texas. Instead, the town hall meetings are scheduled for places including Brownsville, which is located in the difficult-to-reach most southern region in Texas. Midland, another location for these meetings, is even more remote.

The TMB has done nothing yet to end its arbitrary and abusive practices, although one of the key participants has resigned and a second has announced his resignation.

According to a TMB press release, it “has already instituted two changes that will benefit licensees. The first, a ‘fast-track’ enforcement system that allows physicians who face relatively minor administrative violations to dispose of those charges without needing to attend a hearing.”

The second, the License Inquiry System of Texas (LIST), allows applicants to check the status of their applications and to learn what items are required to process it.

At the October 23 hearing before the Texas legislature, many physicians gave compelling testimony about how minor or nonexistent issues were converted into career-ending injustices. The transcript of that session is available on our website at http://www.aapsonline.org/tmb.php.

Each town hall meeting will begin with a 7 p.m. town hall, and continue with a three-hour licensing seminar on the following day. The seminar is intended to help entities that credential or recruit physicians to streamline their application process and minimize errors.

The schedule (also posted under “news,” “press releases” on the TMB website www.tmb.state.tx.us) is as follows:

 June 9/10, Brownsville, TX: Brownsville Event Center, 1 Event Center Blvd. Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.

June 17/18, Midland, TX: Center for Energy and Economic Diversification, 1400 N. FM 1788. Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.

June 23/24. Austin, TX: Town hall in the Thompson Auditorium of the Texas Medical Association Offices, 401 W. 15th St. Seminar in Room 100 in the lobby area at William P. Hobby Jr. State Office Building, 333 Guadalupe St. Seminar begins at 11:00 a.m.

July 1, 2, Fort Worth, TX: University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Luibel Hall, 2nd floor of EAD building, corner of Montgomery and Camp Bowie. Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.

July 8/9, Bryan/College Station, TX: Lecture Hall 1, Joe Reynolds Medical Building, Texas A&M, southwest corner of University Drive and Olsen Blvd. Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.

Please show up, speak out, and consider making a lawful tape recording. Suggest questions to ask by posting a comment below.

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4 Comments

  1. The people on the Texas board must have been in the Army Chemical Corps. They are putting up a smoke screen. In my opinion, some of the perps should go to jail. Sham peer review, anonymous accusations, denial of discovery, lack of due process, etc., is an outrage. After retiring from the Army, I was working locum tenens in Missouri. I was one of the state leaders in the campaign for the state referendum on concealed carry and a member of the NRA BOD. Someone didn’t like me because of that and attempted to pull this crap on me. I had worked enough at this urgent care clinic in Warrenton, MO. I was not on the staff of the overseeing hospital, so, when the lawyers called to ask me what I was going to do, I promptly told them where to stick it. Now – show them no mercy!

  2. Actually, College Station is only about an hour and a half from Houston. It’s not good, but not as bad as the AAPS cover letter makes it sound. Obviously, the Board is looking for favorable (to them) venues, though.

  3. College Station, Midland, and Brownsville are not population centers. Qustion is, if you are an embattled agency, why not attempt to gather support in a town of 50,000, 90 miles from Houston’s 5 million that is a hotbed of dissent against your agency? Favorable venues? Or avoid any chance of conflict?

  4. Dear Sir,
    Would like to know names of resigning TMB members to know why they are doing so.

    The problem has been seen as an abusive non friendly to MDs TMB.

    Why that is the TMB cannot be physician friendly?
    Why that is the medical board mission is to destroy doctor’s lives?
    Why is that doctors have to be afraid and be terrorized by these bunch of people that have litlle experience doing medicine or none at all.
    Why can’t physicians elect their peers as Board members?
    Why can’t there be a preliminary effective screening and clarification system for complainers to have responsibility of their actions…
    That is complainers have to pay money, face the accuser and provide information for counseling prior to place/file a complaint as they only leave in our office 15 dollars for a visit and our defense costs 100 thousand,. Beside that we have no idea what they are complaining about and we expect no fair hearings. DEFINETLY NO HARM CASES SHOULD NOT BE FILED AS A COMPLAINT BECAUSE THEY CLOG THE SYSTEM AND THEY CAN BE RESOLVED BY COUNSELING AND MEDIATION.

    THE BOARD SHOULD NOT CONSIDER PHYSICANS ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE.
    PHYSICIANS ARE UNDER A STRONG AND SENSLESS BUREACRATIC ENVIRONMENT THAT PREVENTS THEM TO PRACTICE GOOD MEDICINE (BECAUSE THAT IS SEEN AS A WASTE OF MONEY BY THE BIG PLAYERS IN THE INSURANCE COMPANIES/ HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION COMPANIES AND INTEGRATED PHARMACIES) …TO THEN, ON TOP OF THAT , HAVE TO BE THREATENED AND TERRORIZED BY THE SENSLESS AND CORRUPT TMB. PHYSICIANS ARE OPTING NOT TO DO ANYTHING TO PATIENTS AND LET THEM DIE AS THEY FEEL NOT FAIR FOR THEM (AND THEIR FAMILIES) TO HAVE THEIR LIVES DISRUPTED BY THE TMB IF THEY DO ANYTHING AT ALL FOR THE PATIENTS ( SPECIALY IF THIS IS AN ARTISTIC AND INOVATIVE PRACTIVE) . PHYSICIANS ARE PRACTICING “BAND AID MEDICINE” BECAUSE OF THE HARRASMENT THE TMB HAS CONTINUED TO CARRY AGAINST THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY. GOOD DOCTORS HAVE QUIT PRACTICING MEDICINE BECAUSE OF THE UNFRIENDLY APPRACH THE TMB HAS TAKEN AGAINST PHYSICIAN NOW CONSIDERED THE ENEMY OF SOCIETY. THE TMB IS ON A WAR AGAINST PHYSICIANS THEY HAVE NO QUERREL SAYING THAT THAT IS THEIR MILITARY MISSION…THAT IS TO KILL PHYSICIANS (SO THE BIG PLAYERS CAN KEEP THE MONEY WHILE OBAMA IS STATING HE WILL PROVIDE ALL AMERICANS WITH HEALTH INSURANCE….THEY MADE IT …NOW THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL BECOME THE SINGLE PAYERS FOR HEALTH CARE SO WE CAN CONTINUE DOING WARS TO EVERY THING AND ANYTHING FOREVER …100 YEARS?).