Physician assistants have helped relieve some of the stress in the healthcare industry, but as more and more PAs make their way in, regulations become stricter to ensure patient safety. This means more oversight from the Texas Medical Board and the Texas Physician Assistant Board. Understanding these regulations, the disciplinary process that may ensue when violations occur, and the role that the TMB plays in that process, is critical to keeping your license in good standing.
Complaints and Their Risk to Your License
A complaint can be made by anyone – an overseeing physician, a fellow co-worker, a patient, a disgruntled employee, competitors, an ex-spouse, law enforcement, etc. – and they are often made confidentially. In other words, you will never really know what prompted a complaint, and you do not have to be in the wrong to receive one. However, even unfounded complaints can take over your day-to-day life and put your license at risk. As such, you need to know how to handle a complaint effectively, swiftly, and proactively. You should also treat every complaint – founded or not – seriously.
Texas Medical Board Investigation Process for Physician Assistants
Typically, a physician assistant learns of a complaint through a letter, letting them know that there may be a violation to the Health Code or the Physician Assistant Health Act. This letter also notifies the PA that an investigation will be started. You have 14 days to respond to this letter. Make no mistake, failure to respond in a timely manner can have serious consequences, as could failing to do so in a professional, well-thought out manner. As soon as you receive notification, it is important that you contact a physician assistant license defense attorney.
Once you have contacted your attorney, swift action can be taken to ensure the deadline is met, and that your response is carefully crafted to ensure you do not say more than you have to. Furthermore, your attorney can work directly with the investigator, field phone calls, and ensure all aspects of your case are handled professionally, diligently, and with careful consideration.
With any luck, this will end the complaint process. However, if there is any information that can be seen as evidence against you, the Board can move forward with the disciplinary process and could potentially suspend, revoke, or deny your license. If this happens, it is critical to have an attorney by your side.
Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, has more than 20 years of experience in the medical-legal arena. Skilled and diligent, he offers the high-quality, professional representation you deserve. So, if you are facing an investigation from the Texas Medical Board, contact our Texas physician assistant license defense attorneys today. Call 512-228-7946 and schedule a free initial consultation.