Rep. Bobby Guerra (D-McAllen) and Sen. Don Huffines (R-Dallas) pushed legislation in the 2017 Texas Legislature that would direct the Texas Medical Board (TMB) to recognize the out-of-state physician licenses for team physicians when they travel to Texas to provide support for their teams while in Texas. The legislation died due to un-related matters.
TOA believes that this issue is important because it will encourage other states to pass similar measures to recognize the Texas licenses of our team physicians when they travel to other states.
Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD, the chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, directed TMB to develop a rule to recognize these out-of-state licenses. As a result, TMB published a proposal on March 23, 2018 to do so. TMB’s next meeting – June 15, 2018 – is the earliest date that TMB can accept this proposal.