Texas Medical Board Approves Protections for Team Physicians

The 2019 Texas Legislature approved HB 2299, which directs the Texas Medical Board (TMB) to recognize the out-of-state licenses for team physicians when they staff their teams for competitions in Texas.

State Representative Bobby Guerra and State Senator Charles Schwertner, MD worked with TOA to pass this legislation.

Click here to read the provision in the state’s occupation code:

Sec. 151.0521. EXEMPTION FOR SPORTS TEAM PHYSICIAN. A person is exempt from the licensing requirements of this subtitle and may engage in the practice of medicine in this state if the person:

(1) is employed or designated as a team physician by a sports team visiting this state for a specific sporting event;

(2) is licensed to practice medicine in the team’s home state; and

(3) limits the person’s practice of medicine in this state to treating, during the period beginning on the date the team arrives in this state for the event and ending on the date the team leaves this state:

(A) the members, coaches, and staff of the team; and

(B) a family member of a person described by Paragraph (A) if the family member is visiting this state for the event.

Added by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 376 (H.B. 2299), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2019.

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