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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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Warning to Texas Physicians - Violation of Medical Practice Act Being Treated as a Felony Offense by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Physicians that treat chronic pain patients or prescribe a large volume of narcotic pain medications ought to be increasingly aware of the pressure that is being exe ... Read on »
Professional Recovery Network Update: Courtney Bolin Takes Over as Program Director by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   In 2011, Courtney Bolin, LMSW, became the new Program Director of the Professional Recovery Network (PRN). Prior to assuming her duties as the new Program Director, ... Read on »
The Texas Board of Nursing and the Changing Landscape of its Disciplinary Process by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy     I have been representing nurses in disciplinary cases before the Texas Board of Nursing for over ten years. My five lawyer law firm has assisted approximately 10 ... 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 »
The Texas Medical Board's Remedial Plan -is it really a non-disciplinary order? by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The Texas Medical Board has a new method of resolving outstanding investigations, courtesy of the 2011 legislative session- the Remedial Plan . If you are a physicia ... Read on »
Texas Pharmacy Board Update: Crackdown on Houston Independent Pharmacies Continues by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Several months ago I began a series of posts focused on the combined State and Federal taskforce sweeping the Houston metropolitan area targeting physicians and phar ... Read on »
The Texas Medical Board: Statutory Reforms to the Disciplinary Process by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The 2011 regular Legislative Session resulted in a moderate reform of the Texas Medical Board’s disciplinary process . The Governor signed House Bill 680 into law on June ... Read on »
Wave of Temporray Suspensions Target Houston Physicians and Pharmacists by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Over the past several weeks there has been an onslaught of temporary suspensions by the Texas Medical Board and Texas State Board of Pharmacy targeting Houston area ... Read on »
Texas Board of Nursing's Deferred Disciplinary Order by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The Texas Board of Nursing has recently started offering a new type of agreed order which allows, with some significant reservations, nurses to avoid a permanent dis ... Read on »
The Texas Medical Board's New Fast-Track Process for Resolving Minor Cases by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The Texas Medical Board receives about 6,000 complaints each year, and in an effort to resolve select “minor” violations of the Medical Practice Act (Act) more quick ... 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 »
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 »
The Texas Medical Board's Corrective Order Explained by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In 2010, the Texas Medical Board (Board) implemented a new disciplinary mechanism- the Corrective Order. Briefly, a Corrective Order is a disciplinary Order that is offere ... Read on »
Texas Medical Board Cancels Meeting Rescheduling All Applicants & Appearances by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Texas Medical Board (TMB) cancelled the appearance of all physician licensure candidates scheduled to appear before the Board’s Licensure Committee at its February 3 a ... Read on »
Texas State Board of Pharmacy's Ability to Impose Discipline for Violations of Other States' Law by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Like most health licensing boards, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy possesses extensive authority to discipline pharmacists and pharmacies for violations of their e ... Read on »
Texas Board of Nursing Implements New Corrective Action Procedure by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The Texas Board of Nursing has recently created and implemented a new, confidential procedure in which to resolve disciplinary investigations. Typically, the Nursing ... Read on »
One Rule to Catch Them All: Licensing Board's Use of Unprofessional Conduct by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   As a general rule, licensing Boards such as the Texas Medical Board, Texas Board of Nursing and Texas State Board of Pharmacy are prohibited from exceeding the powers ... Read on »
What Every LPC-Intern Should Know: TSBEPC and What is Considered to be an Independent Practice by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy My law firm has recently represented several LPC-Supervisors and LPC-Interns before the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (TSBEPC) in refer ... Read on »
TMB Licensure Committee Hears Record Number of Applicants at August Board Meeting by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy The Licensure Committee of the Texas Medical Board (TMB) met at its last scheduled meeting on Thursday August 26, 2010. The Committee heard approximately 39 applicants wh ... Read on »
New TMB Law on Pain Management Clinic Certfiication Goes Into Effect on September 1st, 2010 by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   In its last session the Texas Legislature passed a new law concerning Pain Management Clinics. The law, which becomes effective on September 1, 2010, makes it illega ... Read on »