And the 84th session kicks off – Welcome back to Austin

To be honest the 84th session actually started over a month ago – but things are finally heating up with the House committee appointments finally in place.  Bills are being filed and some might be of special interest to the physician community.  One bill that is of great interest to me is SB 190, Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.  This is a long overdue regulation – the only issue is getting all other state medical boards to sign up.  HB179 addresses some concerns of physicians who have had a complaint lodged against with the board – this bill will require the board to provide the physician with “specific allegations” in regard to the complaint.  HB1508 provides reciprocity for certain physicians who are board certified in certain primary care specialties.  We’ll keep you posted as the session goes on – it’s gonna be a crazy session.