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Louis Leichter Patient Expert

I am a profesional licensing and health care lawyer. I represent the people and organizations who are responsible for patient care. I write about issues pertinent to patients, clinicians and medical staff such as the treatment of pain and what constitues unlawful or questionable prescribing or... Full Bio
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An Overview of the Physician Peer Review Process and the Importance of Legal Counsel by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   A hospital peer review has the potential to seriously disrupt a physician’s medical practice, often bringing with it a cascade of legal consequences that can devasta ... Read on »
Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Worker's Compensation Increases Oversight and... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   For the past several years the Texas Department of Insurance-Division of Worker's Compensation (TDI-DWC) has steadily increased the number of enforcement actions ini ... Read on »
Foreign Medical Graduates and the H-1B Visa: A Better Choice by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   A foreign physician coming to this country to pursue his residency is often faced with two visa options. He is typically required to choose either a J-1 visa or an H ... Read on »
The National Resident Matching Program and Common Problems to Avoid by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is the non-profit, non-governmental organization that facilitates the annual “match” between medical students and reside ... Read on »
TPAPN shifts to three-year program for LVN/RN's and five-year program for APN/CRNA's by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Starting September 1st, 2013, the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) will significantly increase the length of their standard monitoring contracts. Prev ... Read on »
Possible Secondary Effects of a Temporary Suspension on a Physician's Medicare Billing Privileges... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Given the Texas Medical Board's increasing use of temporary suspension hearings it would be helpful to understand  what repercussions those hearings entail. As we sh ... Read on »
The Ryan Haight Act and the Changing Face of Telemedicine by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The advent of telemedicine has made it possible to provide high quality medical care for underserved areas of Texas. Patients in rural areas now have the opportunity ... Read on »
Governor Rick Makes Eight Appointments to Texas Medical Board by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Governor Rick Perry recently made eight appointments to the Texas Medical Board. The Medical Board is responsible for regulating the practice of medicine through lice ... Read on »
83rd Texas Legislature Makes Important Changes to Law Governing Without Notice Payment Holds on... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Over the past few years, the number of fraud investigations and without notice Medicaid payment holds initiated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission-Off ... Read on »
Important Update for Texas Nurses on a Board Order: Texas Board of Nursing Starts Screening for... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   During the last month my firm has experienced an influx of calls from nurses who have tested positive for alcohol while on an Order with the Texas Board of Nursing. ... Read on »
The Texas Intractable Pain Treatment Act And Chronic Pain by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Given the current aggressive regulatory climate surrounding the treatment of chronic pain, it is worthwhile to look back and understand how the applicable law develo ... Read on »
Texas Medical Board Schedules Wave of Temporary Suspension Hearings Targeting Pain Management... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   As we reported earlier this month, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with several state agencies, including the Texas Medical Board (TMB) and Texas Sta ... Read on »
DEA Steps Up Raids of Pain Management Physicians and Pharmacies in Houston by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Over the past month, the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration has drastically increased their activity in the Houston area. This includes a dramatic upswing in th ... Read on »
New Law Restricts Texas Foreign Physicians' Practice To Medically Underserved Areas by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   As the Texas physician shortage continues, more and more physicians from foreign countries are coming to the state to meet the shortfall. This blog post describes ho ... Read on »
Texas Medical Licensure for Physician Graduates of Overseas Medical Schools by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   As tuition at US medical schools continues to increase at an astronomical rate, more and more aspiring doctors are looking abroad, particularly to the Caribbean, to ... Read on »
New General Counsel for Texas State Board of Dental Examiners by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Following the movement of its prior General Counsel to the Office of the Inspector General, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners recently hired Julie Hildebrand to se ... Read on »
Texas Physician Health Program - When It Is Not Appropriate by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In 2010, the Texas Legislature created the Texas Physician Health Program (PHP), effectively shifting the oversight of licensed Texas physicians with substance abuse disor ... Read on »
Request for Mental Health Evaluation by Texas Pharmacy Board or PRN by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   A Texas pharmacist who is suspected of having a potential substance abuse or dependency problem or other mental health issue which could impact their ability to safe ... Read on »
Texas Medical Board Weighing New Rule Applicable to Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Since the summer of 2011, the Texas Medical Board has been considering adopting a new rule applicable to non-surgical, cosmetic procedures such as Botox or dermal fi ... Read on »
Texas Board of Nursing and Social Media by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   In the past few years, my Firm has handled an increasing number of cases with the Texas Board of Nursing involving social media websites and the disclosure of confid ... Read on »