Archive for July, 2011


July 28, 2011

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”  – Jimmie Johnson



July 26, 2011
You have to pretend you’re 100% sure. You have to take action; you can’t hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure.
– Andrew Grove, Intel co-founder

Is my Physician Licensed in the State of Texas?

July 25, 2011

When you contact the Board by calling the Texas Medical Board Customer Information Center (800.248.4062 or 512.305.7030) or by going to Profiles on their website (, you can learn everything that is public about your physician, physician assistant, accupuncturist or surgical assistant (not all the following information is included for all types of licensee):„

Full Name„

License Number„


Year of Birth„

Mailing & Practice Addresses„

Licensure Status„

Disciplinary Status„

Education„ Patient Services„

Hospital Privileges„

Honors and Awards„

Criminal History„

Malpractice History

If there is disciplinary action, click on the“View Orders” button, and you can download or open the disciplinary documents.

You may also have documents mailed to you by making an open records request to Be sure to include a mailing address and phone number so that they can contact you if necessary.


July 21, 2011

“The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more you will have to express gratitude for.”   -Zig Ziglar

Filing a Complaint with the Texas Medical Board

July 18, 2011

Anyone may register a complaint against a practitioner licensed by the Board. The most frequent complaints involve non-therapeutic prescribing, professional incompetence,unprofessional conduct, and inability to practice medicine because of impairment. Allegations of all jurisdictional complaints are investigated by board investigators. If there is evidence to suggest that there has been a violation of the Texas Occupations Code (Medical Practice Act), the licensee is notified of the possible violation and is asked to attend an informal settlement conference with representatives of the board. The complainant is also invited to this conference. If the board panel finds a violation and the licensee agrees to the terms, an agreed order is entered by the board. If the panel finds a violation and the licensee does not agree to an order, the case is filed with the State Office of Administrative Hearings to be heard by an administrative law judge.The Board is also statutorily charged to receive reports of claims and law suits against physicians that are based on allegations of professional liability. These reports provide a detection system that may identify recurring patterns of unacceptable health care.

Complaints may be filed at:


July 14, 2011

Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.   – George Van Valkenberg

What is the Texas Medical Board?

July 11, 2011

The Texas Medical Board consists of nineteen members: nine MD’s, three DO’s and seven public members.

The Texas Physician Assistant Board is made up of nine members: three physicians, three physician assistants and three public members.

The Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners also has nine members: four accupuncturists, two physicians and three public members.

The Medical Board meets six times a year; the Physician Assistant and Acupuncture boards meet four times a year.While the boards set policy and make final decisions about licensure and disciplinary matters brought before them, they are supported by an agency with approximately 142 full-time employees. Management staff includes an executive director, usually an MD/JD; a general counsel; a chief of staff; directors of enforcement and customer affairs (which handles licensure); and managers of finance, human resources, public information and information technology. Support staff includes licensure investigators, call center representatives, nurse/investigators, compliance officers, attorneys, and administrative and legal assistants. About two-thirds of agency staff is based in Austin. The rest, field investigators and compliance officers, are based around the state.

To reach the Texas Medical Board:

800. 248.4062 Customer Information Center (Texas only)

800. 201.9353 Complaint Information Line (Texas only)

512.305.7030 Customer Information Center (anywhere)


July 7, 2011

Don’t be a carbon copy of someone else; make your own impression.

What is a UPIN Number?

July 4, 2011

What is a UPIN?
Under Section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act of 1985, the Health Care Financing Administration, HCFA, was required to establish a unique physician identifier for each physician who provides services for which payment is made under Medicare. This includes medical doctors, osteopaths, doctors of dental surgery or dental medicine, podiatry medicine, optometry and chiropractors. HCFA developed a six-place alphanumeric unique physician number, UPIN, which is issued to all physicians, whether in solo or group practice. One UPIN is assigned to a physician, regardless of the number of practice settings, that UPIN is assigned throughout the physician’s Medicare affiliation in any state.

When are UPIN’s necessary?
Medicare is now collecting the necessary data to aggregate payment and utilization information for individual physicians. This requires that the UPIN of the ordering or referring physician be shown on all Medicare Part B claim forms involving referrals, including claims from laboratories, durable medical equipment supplies, hospitals, end stage renal disease facilities, radiology and other imaging centers, physical therapy facilities and consulting physicians.

NOTICE: As of January 1, 1993, physicians are also required to provide their UPIN to any physician or facility to whom they refer a patient, any laboratories or hospital from whom they order tests, or any supplier from whom their order supplies or equipment for a medical beneficiary.

How do I obtain UPIN Information?
The UPIN directory is available through a variety of sources. You can get a UPIN listing from your local Part B Medicare carrier by calling the local Dallas Office at 972.766.7405, G
overnment Printing Office at 202-512-1800 or on the Internet at