Tex. Occ. Code Section 164.003
Informal Proceedings


The board by rule shall adopt procedures governing:


informal disposition of a contested case under Section 2001.056 (Informal Disposition of Contested Case), Government Code; and


informal proceedings held in compliance with Section 2001.054 (Licenses), Government Code.


Rules adopted under this section must require that:


an informal meeting in compliance with Section 2001.054 (Licenses), Government Code, be scheduled not later than the 180th day after the date the board’s official investigation of the complaint is commenced as provided by Section 154.057 (Conduct of Investigation; Use of Investigators as Peace Officers)(b), unless good cause is shown by the board for scheduling the informal meeting after that date;


the board give notice to the license holder of the time and place of the meeting not later than the 45th day before the date the meeting is held;


the complainant and the license holder be provided an opportunity to be heard;


at least one of the board members or district review committee members participating in the informal meeting as a panelist be a member who represents the public;


the board’s legal counsel or a representative of the attorney general be present to advise the board or the board’s staff;


a member of the board’s staff be at the meeting to present to the board’s representative the facts the staff reasonably believes it could prove by competent evidence or qualified witnesses at a hearing; and


if the complaint includes an allegation that the license holder has violated the standard of care, the panel conducting the informal proceeding consider whether the physician was practicing complementary and alternative medicine.


An affected physician is entitled to:


reply to the staff’s presentation; and


present the facts the physician reasonably believes the physician could prove by competent evidence or qualified witnesses at a hearing.


After ample time is given for the presentations, the board representative shall recommend that the investigation be closed or shall attempt to mediate the disputed matters and make a recommendation regarding the disposition of the case in the absence of a hearing under applicable law concerning contested cases.


If the license holder has previously been the subject of disciplinary action by the board, the board shall schedule the informal meeting as soon as practicable but not later than the deadline prescribed by Subsection (b)(1).


The notice required by Subsection (b)(2) must be accompanied by a written statement of the nature of the allegations and the information the board intends to use at the meeting. If the board does not provide the statement or information at that time, the license holder may use that failure as grounds for rescheduling the informal meeting. If the complaint includes an allegation that the license holder has violated the standard of care, the notice must include a copy of each report prepared by an expert physician reviewer under Section 154.0561 (Procedures for Expert Physician Review). The license holder must provide to the board the license holder’s rebuttal at least 15 business days before the date of the meeting in order for the information to be considered at the meeting.


Before providing a report to a license holder under Subsection (f), the board must redact any identifying information of an expert physician reviewer other than the specialty of the expert physician reviewer.


The board by rule shall define circumstances constituting good cause for purposes of Subsection (b)(1), including the extended illness of a board investigator and an expert physician reviewer’s delinquency in reviewing and submitting a report to the board.


Section 164.007 (Administrative Hearings; Confidentiality Issues)(c) applies to the board’s investigation file used in an informal meeting under this section.


On request by a physician under review, the board shall make a recording of the informal settlement conference proceeding. The recording is a part of the investigative file and may not be released to a third party unless authorized under this subtitle. The board may charge the physician a fee to cover the cost of recording the proceeding.
Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 388, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 202, Sec. 27, eff. June 10, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 269 (S.B. 419), Sec. 1.37, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1349 (H.B. 680), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1231 (H.B. 1504), Sec. 11, eff. September 1, 2019.

Source: Section 164.003 — Informal Proceedings, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/OC/htm/OC.­164.­htm#164.­003 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Disciplinary Authority of Board
Board Disposition of Complaints, Contested Cases, and Other Matters
Informal Proceedings
Compliance with Due Process Requirements
Initiation of Charges
Service of Notice
Administrative Hearings
Right to Counsel
Judicial Review
Monitoring of License Holder
License Status Pending Appeal
Remedial Plan
Delegation of Certain Complaint Dispositions
Board Representation in Informal Proceedings
Roles and Responsibilities of Participants in Informal Proceedings
Dismissal of Baseless Complaint
Notice Regarding Certain Complaints
Grounds for Denial or Disciplinary Action
Prohibited Practices by Physician or License Applicant
Unprofessional or Dishonorable Conduct
Additional Requirements Regarding Drug Records
Prohibited Acts Regarding Abortion
Physical or Mental Examination
Required Suspension or Revocation of License for Certain Offenses
Required Suspension of License of Incarcerated Physician
Temporary Suspension or Restriction of License
Report of Board Actions
Surrender of License
Hearings on Certain Complaints
Board Appeal of Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
Persons Ineligible for Probation
Rescission of Probation
Application for License Reinstatement
Application Period
Certain Persons Ineligible for Reinstatement
Effect of License Reinstatement on Certain Prosecutions or Penalties
Review by Board if Three or More Malpractice Claims
Compliance with Certain Requirements Regarding Sonogram Before Abortion
Prohibited Acts Regarding Gender Transitioning or Gender Reassignment Procedures and Treatments on Certain Children
Temporary Suspension or Restriction of License for Certain Arrests

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 164.003’s source at texas​.gov