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Summary: When physicians have multiple licenses that have different terms of expiration, license renewal can be burdensome and frustrating. HB 1803 seeks to address this problem in several ways. First, HB 1803 would eliminate the requirement for physicians to register for a license at every single one of his or her locations; instead one license would cover multiple office locations. Second, the bill would require the Texas Medical Board to simplify the renewal schedule making a physician's renewal dates the same for all the licenses they are required to hold. Third, the bill would allow the board to charge fees up to $50 for late registration. HB 1803 would also require the Board to notify physicians 60 days prior to the expiration date instead of the 30 day notice required currently.
Analysis: Physicians are part of a heavily regulated profession. Currently physicians must, among other regulations, hold and renew multiple licenses. These include the license to practice and the license to own, administer, and prescribe controlled substances. Separate licenses are required for separate office locations. Sometimes the renewal date is different for each license, so a physician may have to renew various licenses at different times. This causes confusion that sometimes leads unintentional license expiry. HB 1803 takes a significant step toward making license regulations less burdensome for physicians.
We encourage legislators to support HB 1803.