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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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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 »
Recent Rule Changes at the Texas Medical Board by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Recent rule changes by the Texas Medical Board will be taking effect on June 19th. Licensed doctors and licensed physicians in the state of Texas ought to be aware of thes ... Read on »
Texas Medical Board Seeks New Legislation Targeting Pain Clinics by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   The Texas Medical Board is presently lobbying the State Legislature to pass a new bill which would grant them extensive new regulatory authority over pain management cl ... Read on »
Texas State Board of Pharmacy Overreaches Statutory Mandate by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Texas State Board of Pharmacy Overreaches Statutory Mandate Regarding Deferred Adjudications/Community Supervision:   I am currently serving as the defense ... Read on »
Texas Board of Nursing Revokes Licenses in Violation of Due Process Requirements by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Over the last two weeks our law firm overturned two default revocations entered by the Texas Board of Nursing’s Eligibility & Disciplinary Committee (E&D) from their meeting ... 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 »
Texas Medical Board Makes Progress in Reducing Application Processing Times by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Now that 2008 has come to a close, it has become clear that the Texas Medical Board has made significant strides in reducing the amount of time it takes to process firs ... Read on »
The Texas Medical Board, Agreed Orders, and Insurance Provider Networks by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   When a physician is involved in a disciplinary proceeding with the Texas Medical Board, Department of Public Safety, or other governmental entity that will likely resul ... 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 »
Texas Board of Nursing Abuse of Chemical Dependency Guidelines by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   According to the Texas Board of Nursing’s Administrative Rules any nurse who has a diagnosis of chemical dependency or who otherwise has a history of abuse of controlle ... Read on »
Texas Board of Nursing and Standard of Care Violations by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Mirroring general trends, the number of standard of care complaints against Texas nurses have risen dramatically in the past few years. All too often, the Board has cho ... Read on »
The Texas Medical Board and Recreational Use of Dextromethorphan by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   In recent years, I have witnessed an increase in the recreational use of dextromethorphan among Texas doctors. An ingredient found in many common cold medicines, dextro ... Read on »
State Licensing and Discipline for Texas Insurance Agents: A Guide to the Basics by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Every Texas insurance agent should be aware of the most common grounds for being the subject of a disciplinary investigation and action by the Texas Department of Insur ... Read on »
Medicare/Medicaid Exclusion Waivers: Sole Community Physicians by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Once the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General decides to exclude a physician or nurse from participation in the Medicare and Medicai ... Read on »
The Need to Plea Carefully: Criminal Convictions and Medicare/Medicaid Exclusion by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   A recurring scenario in my office goes like this: A physician contacts me about a letter they have received from the Office of the Inspector General stating that they a ... 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 »
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 »
Note to Texas Doctors: Texas Medical Board to Hold Town Hall Meetings by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   Texas physicians should be aware that over the next two months the Texas Medical Board plans to host several public meetings in various locations throughout the state. ... Read on »
TMB Adopts Fast-Track Procedure For Certain Minor Violations by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy   In response to mounting criticism from the public and medical community, the Texas Medical Board has adopted a new fast-track procedure available for certain violations ... Read on »
Nursing Jurisprudence Exam Now Required For All Initial Licensure Applicants: by Louis Leichter Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Effective September 1, 2008, a passing grade on the Nursing Jurisprudence Exam will be required by the Texas Board of Nursing for of all applicants for initial licensure. Un ... Read on »