The Corporate Practice of Medicine – UGH!

The Corporate Practice of Medicine has been around Texas for many decades.  It is one of the most confusing areas of law when it comes to hospitals, physician groups, doctors and just about anyone related to the practice of law.  Many have attempted to explain the corporate practice of medicine but still those of us that have been around docs and their practices still don’t understand how it all works.

Today the Texas Medical Association produced a Facebook post that details trouble between a hospital system and a Hospitalist group.  It seems like someone is being accused of making money by trying to influence the way in which physicians were making decisions.  Ugh!

Below you will find a link to the article.  I hope that those of you that understand it much better than me can make a diagram, powerpoint, whatever to help us all understand.

Electronic Death Registration — A Reminder

If you will ever be called upon to sign a death certificate, you must register with the Texas Department of State Health Services to file the certificate electronically.

If you fail to do so, the Texas Medical Board may take disciplinary action against you. The extended “grace period” that you were given in order to allow you more time to register ended on June 1, 2011, and TMB IS enforcing the law.

You cannot wait until a death has occurred in order to register; that’s too late, because it takes DSHS seven-10 business days to process new enrollments. If you end up having to complete a paper death certificate because you didn’t timely register for electronic filing, the Texas Medical Board may take action based on the violation.

Register for electronic filing here

If you have problems registering, send an email to or call the TER Help Desk line at 888-963-7111 ext. 3490.

See Tex. Health and Safety Code, §193.005

Non-Citizen/Non-Permanent Resident Physician Requirement Repealed!

SB 949 (by Jane Nelson) repeals Section 155.0045, Occupations Code.  The change in law became effective 6/14/2013.   The section repealed is the section that was added last legislative session requiring that non-citizen/non-permanent residents perform 3 years of full-time service in a medically underserved area before being able to practice solely in non-MUAs.  Although the TMB’s rulemaking process has not yet caught up, the Licensing Division is complying with the statutory change effective immediately.