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Texas State Board of
Podiatric Medical Examiners

Physical Address: 333 Guadalupe, Suite #2-320; Austin, Texas 78701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12216; Austin, Texas 78711
Phone: (512)-305-7000
Facsimile: (512)-305-7003

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► For Anyone.

Click here to: File a Complaint.

► For License Holders.

Do your part to Enhance Patient/Public Safety. Although the entire Podiatric Medical Practice Act (Texas Occupations Code - Chapter 202), the Board Rules (Texas Administrative Code - Title 22 / Part 18)  and related other State/Federal Laws/Rules are quite extensive, from a violation prevention perspective, it would be in a licensee’s best interest to be aware of the following "Board Statute & Rules Regulatory Hi-Lites." Please click here for a PDF document. Understanding common pitfalls affords for greater patient/public safety in preventing violations from occurring in the first place. NOTE: Formal “Disciplinary Actions” (Board Orders) are reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and on the Board's website.

♦ Do your part to Combat/Prevent Health Care Fraud. Relating to preventing, detecting, and eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse, on July 12, 2004 Governor Perry issued Executive Order RP36. PDF of RP36 - July 12, 2004. Governor Perry had directed state agencies to increase enforcement efforts to fight fraud as it relates to occupational licensing and the Board's mission to protect the public. Related Healthcare Fraud topics can be found HERE on the Board's "Questions & Answers" webpage. Review Q&A #20 & #28.

♦ Do your part to Combat/Prevent Drug Diversion. Visit the Board's "Prescription Information" webpage to obtain additional information on changes to the Texas Prescription Program, Ordering Controlled Substances Prescription Pads, Registering for the New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Database, Abuse/Misuse of Prescriptions/Pain Medications & Drug Diversion Prevention,  Prescribing Compounded Medications & Health Care Fraud, Controlled Substances Schedule Changes and all other information related to Prescriptions/Controlled Substances.

Additional Resources for License Holders.

  1. Click here to print: Office Complaint Signs - English Office Complaint Signs - Spanish
  2. Click here to print: Criminal History Self-Report Form.
  3. Click here for insurance plan complaints and information: Texas Department of Insurance - Physicians & Health Providers.
  4. Click here to print: Sample Orthotics Consent Form. Due to insurance coverage issues and common complaints of the same, it is recommended that licensees clearly enter into a written agreement with the patient to suffice full informed consent.
  5. Click here to view: Texas Medical Disclosure Panel - Rules and Forms related to "Informed Consent" (Q&A #18).
  6. Click here to obtain (state/federal): "Student Loan Default" information. Licensees must meet and pay all Student Loan obligations; failure to do so will result in investigation/disciplinary action of your license.
  7. Click here to obtain: "Child Support Default/Delinquency" information. Licensees must meet and pay all Child Support obligations; failure to do so will result in investigation/disciplinary action of your license.
  8. Click here to obtain information on: "Reporting Medical Professional Liability Claims."

► For Prospective License Applicants.

Criminal History Evaluation Letters.

Board Rule §376.37 "Criminal History Evaluation Letters" provides that: "(a) The purpose of this section is to provide a process by which an individual may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the person's eligibility for a license issued by the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners, as allowed by Chapter 53, Subchapter D of the Texas Occupations Code. (b) Prior to applying for licensure, an individual seeking licensure may request that agency staff review the person's criminal history to determine if the person is ineligible for licensure based solely on the person's criminal background. (c) Requestors must submit their requests in writing along with appropriate fees as provided in §371.3(b)(19) of this title (relating to Fees). (d) The agency may require additional documentation including fingerprint cards before issuing a criminal history evaluation letter. (e) The agency shall provide criminal history evaluation letters that include the basis for ineligibility if grounds for ineligibility exist to all requestors no later than the 90th day after the agency receives all required documentation to allow the agency to respond to a request. (f) If a requestor does not provide all requested documentation within one year of submitting the original request, the requestor must submit a new request along with appropriate fees. (g) All evaluation letters shall be based on existing law at the time of the request. All requestors remain subject to the requirements for licensure at the time of application and may be determined ineligible under existing law at the time of application. If a requestor fails to provide complete and accurate information to the agency, the agency may invalidate the criminal history evaluation letter. (h) An individual shall be permitted to apply for licensure, regardless of the agency's determination in a criminal history evaluation letter. However, the filing of an application and tendering of fees does not in any way obligate the Board to admit the applicant to examination or issue a license until such time the applicant has been approved as meeting all requirements for licensure set forth in the Board's laws and rules. No examination fee will be refunded. Applicants who have furnished false information to the Board or who are alleged to be in violation of the Board's laws and rules will be investigated. Such applicants are subject to refusal for admittance to the examination and denial of licensure; Board disciplinary action. Applicants permitted to take the examination are subject to the laws and rules of the Board and to the following conditions. The Board reserves the right to refuse an applicant admittance to the exam if other information comes to the Board's attention prior to the examination date that necessitates barring the applicant from the examination. Furthermore, admittance to the examination is not intended and shall not be construed to imply or constitute a finding of the Board regarding the applicant's fitness to sit for the examination nor as an approval of an application for license after the examination, regardless of the applicant's performance on the exam."

Board Rule §371.3(b)(19) "Fees" provides that: "An additional $100 charge may be applied for processing special requests exceeding standard application/service costs (e.g. examination rescheduling, excessive/amended document reviews, obtaining legal/court documentation, criminal history evaluation letters, etc.)."

To begin this review process, the requestor will need to: 1) Complete the following Criminal History Query & Report Form. 2) Submit it to the Board along with the $100.00 Fee payable to the "TSBPME". 3) You will subsequently be given the "Agency Assigned Applicant Number (starts with PM-)" to complete requisite fingerprinting. 4) Once you have your "Agency Assigned Applicant Number (starts with PM-)", then visit the Board's "Criminal History/Getting Fingerprinted" webpage.