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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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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 »
Am I Eligible for a Nursing License?: Declaratory Order of Eligibility for Licensure by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   I often receive calls from nursing students, or even those only considering pursuing a nursing degree, with questions concerning whether or not they will be licensed by ... Read on »
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 »
Anonymous Complaint Process at the Texas Medical Board by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Discipline at the Texas Medical Board (Board) is a complaint driven process- meaning that every investigation opened by the Board’s investigators results from the fi ... Read on »
Austin Family Law Attorney by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Recently we have had a number of physician clients in need of assistance from a family law attorney in Austin.  We have recommended Tim Whitten, PC.  Tim is a Board Certified ... Read on »
Board of Nursing Abuse of License Renewal Policy by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Currently I am representing a nursing client in a very serious case against the Texas Board of Nursing at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. This matter has b ... Read on »
Board of Nursing Intimidation of Nurses Through Formal Charges by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The Texas Board of Nursing continues to use tactics which arguably violate and abuse the due process protections guaranteed Texas nurses under the Federal and Texas Sta ... Read on »
Board of Nursing Overreaches Mandate in Pursuit of Ancient Criminal History by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   As most Texas nurses are now aware, the Texas Board of Nursing has for several years been performing criminal background checks as part of the renewal process. Each yea ... Read on »
Combined State and Federal Task Force Clamps Down on Alleged Pill-Mills in Houston by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Over the last few years substantial momentum has been steadily building on both the administrative and criminal fronts against physicians whose practice primarily or ... Read on »
Criminal Prosecution of Pain Management Physicians by State and Federal Law Enforcement is on the... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   There has been a recent and rapid rise in the number of physicians being prosecuted for the alleged non-therapeutic prescribing of controlled substances under both s ... Read on »
CRNA's, Nurse Practitioners, and the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   When confronted with allegations of drug diversion or intemperate use, an employer will frequently present a nurse with a choice: either accept a referral into TPAPN ... 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 »
Department of Public Safety Arguably Denies Due Process by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Recently, I have represented a pharmacist whose reapplication for his controlled substances registration was denied by the Texas Department of Public Safety when he vol ... Read on »
Enough is Enough: Texas Board of Nursing Pursuit of Licensees Following Criminal Acquittal by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Recently I have represented several nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing who were being pursued by Board Staff for allegations for which they had already been acqui ... Read on »
Executive Director of Texas Medical Board Agrees to Overturn Revocations/Cancellations by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Within the past three weeks my firm has represented two physicians whose licenses had been summarily revoked by the Texas Medical Board pursuant to alleged violations o ... Read on »
Executive Director of the Texas Medical Board Announces Resignation by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Donald Patrick, the tough and criticized Executive Director of the Texas Medical Board (TMB) announced yesterday that he will be stepping down in August as he turns 70. Dr. ... 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 »
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 »
Governor Rick Perry 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 lic ... 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 »