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Special Topics

The Special Topics page provides licensees with information, forms and documents on topics related to their practice and other important health care topics.


  • Practice Resources

    Practice Resources


    A.  Professional Name Presentation

    All licensed physicians in the state of Texas are required to professionally use the name under which they are licensed with the Texas Medical Board. Using any other name may confuse or mislead the public and may be considered by the Board to be unprofessional conduct as defined by the Texas Occupations Code Chapter 164.052(a)(5).

    Any physician who wishes to change the professional name under which he/she practices must first satisfy certain formalities and documentation. Any physician who is found to be using a name, other than the one that the physician is licensed under, may be subject to disciplinary action for violation of the above referenced statute.


    B.  Health Care Liability Claims Report Form

    As required under Texas Occupations Code Chapter 160.052, REPORT FROM INSURER OR PHYSICIAN. (a) Each insurer shall submit to the board the report or other information described by Section 160.053 at the time prescribed. 

    Health Care Liability Claims Report (.PDF)


    C.  Consent Form for Abortion Procedure on a Minor

    This Form has been adopted by the Texas Medical Board in accordance with the requirements of §164.052(c), Texas Occupations Code (enacted by SB 419, 79th Legislature, 2005) and is published in 22 Texas Administrative Code §165.6(f). The purpose of this Form is to allow the physician to obtain the required consents for an abortion to be performed on an unemancipated minor. The form is available here:  Consent Form for Abortion Procedure on a Minor.

    D.  Notice to Physicians Treating Elderly Persons

    Under the requirements of SB 1330 effective 9/1/05, physicians responsible for the management of an office that provides ongoing medical care to elderly persons are required by TMB to offer, to the extent possible as determined by the physician, the opportunity to receive the pneumococcal and influenza vaccines to each elderly person who receives ongoing care at the office. If the physician decides it is not feasible to offer the vaccine, the physician must provide the person with information on other options. The Texas Department of State Health Services provides full information regarding immunizations on its website at



    Other Useful Information

    Other Useful Information


    Medicaid Prescribers Prescription Pad Notice

    Beginning April 1, 2008, practitioners who prescribe to Medicaid patients will be required to use tamper-resistant prescription paper when writing a prescription for any drug for Medicaid recipients.

    Tamper Resistant Rx Provider Noice FAQs (.PDF)

    For additional information: Tamper Resistant Prescriptions (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)


    Social Security Number Confidentiality

    The 76th Legislature (1999) passed HB 692, which states in part: "The social security number of an applicant for or holder of a license, certificate of registration, or other legal authorization issued by a licensing agency to practice in a specific occupation or profession that is provided to the licensing agency is confidential and is not subject to disclosure under the open records law."


    Rural Health Opportunties

    For information regarding rural health programs sponsored by private and state organizations please visit the State Office of Rural Health.

    The SORH website provides access to rural health data, grants, loan repayment/scholarships, recruitment of health care providers, policies, useful links and other helpful information.

    Miscellaneous Health Care Topics

    Miscellaneous Health Care Topics


    A.  CDC Information on Healthcare-Associated Infections


    B.  Poison Control Information

    Senate Bill 144, passed in the 78th Legislature (2003), created a requirement that certain healthcare practitioners and healthcare licensing agencies provide information regarding poison control services to their licensees.

    Click on the following link to access an educational pamphlet containing information about Texas Poison Control Network services: Poison Control Network Brochure


    C.  HIV and Hepatitis Information

    Although the agency does not provide funding, treatment, or prevention services in relation to HIV and hepatitis, access to educational information is provided below.

    Licensees are expected to comply with the requirements of section 85.201-85.206 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, which requires all health care workers to know their HIV status.

    Our licensing rules require all acupuncturists to successfully complete a Clean Needle Technique course and practical written examination as a prerequisite for licensure. (See Board Rules, Chapter 183.)

     Disease Reporting Requirements - The Department of State Health Services - FAQs and information about HIV/AIDS and STD reporting by health care providers.

     The Texas Interagency Coordinating Council for HIV and Hepatitis (ICCHH)

    Originally established by SB 286, 73rd Legislature (1993), to facilitate communication between state agencies concerning HIV/AIDs, legislation passed in 2007 and codified as Section 81.010, Texas Health and Safety Code re-created the Council. The Texas Medical Board is among the agencies required to participate.

    The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) provides administrative support to the Council, and its Council representative serves as chairperson.

    For the schedule of Council meetings, visit:


    D.  Tick Borne Disease Information

    Lyme Disease Info from the CDC