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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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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 »
What is an Agreed Order? - Texas Board of Nursing by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   After receiving a letter of investigation from the Texas Board of Nursing and providing their initial response, it is quite common for a licensed nurse to wait for a ... Read on »
TSBP Adopts New Rule Requiring Pharmacists to Verify Prescriptions Meet Applicable Medical... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Texas pharmacists should take note of a new Rule recently adopted by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy which places increased responsibility on the licensee to ensur ... Read on »
Temporary Suspensions Rise Sharply at the Texas Board of Nursing by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Recent months have seen a sharp upswing in the Texas Board of Nursing’s use of temporary suspension as a disciplinary measure against licensees including RN’s LVN’ ... Read on »
Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, PRN, and Multiple Alcohol-Related Criminal Offenses by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Since the Texas State Legislature’s previous legislative session, the Texas Dental Board has begun dramatically ramping up enforcement actions against dentists, oral ... Read on »
Rise in Temporary Suspensions by the Texas Board of Nursing by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy             Recent months have seen a sharp upswing in the Board of Nursing’s use of temporary suspension as a disciplinary measure against licensees. This is likely d ... 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 »
Recent Upturn in Disciplinary Activity by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   In the past two months I have noticed a significant rise in the number of Dentist’s seeking potential legal representation before the Texas State Board of Dental Exa ... Read on »
PRN and the Texas State Board of Pharmacy: The Limitations of Confidentiality by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   As many pharmacists are aware, the Professional Recovery Network (PRN) is a peer assistance program designed to aid licensees seeking treatment and other assistance ... Read on »
Texas State Board of Pharmacy Vigorously Pursues New Sanction Guidelines for Criminal Offenses by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   In the past year the Texas State Board of Pharmacy has started attempting to strictly enforce their recent amendments to the Board’s administrative rules related to ... Read on »
Texas Medical Board Moves Away from Rehabilitation Orders with Adoption of Texas Physician Health... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Currently, physicians and physician assistants with a history of substance abuse, mental illness, or other medical conditions which could affect their ability to sa ... Read on »
Recent Amendments to the Nursing Practice Act and the Subsequent Granting of Power to the Texas... by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The statutory amendments to the Texas Nursing Practice Act as proposed by House Bill 3961 came into effect on September 1, 2009. The Amendments were largely suggested b ... Read on »
The Texas Board of Nursing and TPAPN's Continued Misuse of EtG Testing by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Recently I have been the attorney of record in nursing license defense matters against the Texas Board of Nursing for a number of registered nurses and licensed vocational n ... Read on »
Texas Board of Nursing's Pre-Approved Evaluator List: What Every Texas Nurse Should Know by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   In cases involving possible alcohol/controlled substance abuse or mental health issues, the Texas Board of Nursing frequently asks nurses to submit to a forensic psycho ... 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 »
Texas State Board of Pharmacy Dragnet for Unlicensed Pharmacy Technicians by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Recently, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy has been engaging in a far-reaching investigatory sweep aimed at identifying unlicensed pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technic ... Read on »
Texas State Board of Pharmacy's Agressive Use of Investigators by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Within the last two weeks my firm has signed on as clients two pharmacists who have encountered first-hand the aggressive tactics used by investigators at the Texas Sta ... 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 »