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Archive, October 2014.

Under Texas law in effect prior to September 1, 2013, a professional who believes that a child has been abused or neglected or is being abused or neglected must report it within 48 hours. But what happens when a mental health professional is treating an adult patient and suspects that the patient was abused or neglected as a child? Does the duty to report still exist? Recent developments provide the answer.
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After rising for several consecutive years, the student loan default rate has recently fallen, but it is still at the high rate of 13.7 percent. Many recent graduates are finding that they are unable to repay their student loans due to the weak economy and job market. Among the many consequences of student loan default is the risk of nonrenewal of a professional license.
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For a licensed professional, your license is everything, and protecting your license is of the utmost importance. Each of the state boards regulating professional licenses—including medical, nursing, pharmacy, dental, and psychologists, to name a few—has specific rules for obtaining and maintaining a license, and strict disciplinary procedures. The Texas Medical Board alone receives over 7,000 complaints each year. At a recent meeting, the Board disciplined 45 physicians for violations, including:
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Since 2009, corrective action proceedings have been available to nurses who have been charged with certain minor violations of the Nursing Practice Act. It has been available as a confidential, non-disciplinary method of dealing with first-time violations of minor, administrative-type requirements that do not compromise patient safety. It was originally authorized for violations that could result in a fine, currently set at $500, remedial education, or a combination of the two. It is beneficial to the nurse because it is not subject to public disclosure nor reported to the Healthcare …
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