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Relating to a study of out-of-state physicians who practiced in this state during the COVID-19 pandemic.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 284 requires the Texas Medical Board to conduct a study regarding out-of-state licensed physicians who practiced medicine in this state under licensing waivers granted during COVID-19 pandemic. To conduct this study, the board shall solicit and consider information from hospitals and sponsoring physicians regarding the performance of these out of state physicians.
The board would be required to submit a written report that includes a summary of the study and any legislative recommendations based on the study.
Texas Action is neutral on SB 284 as no liberty principles are impacted. However, we are hopeful that the results of this study will pave the way for a future legislature to enter into licensure reciprocity agreements with other states, making it easier for out of state doctors to practice medicine in Texas.