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TDLR Health Monitor - Q1, 2018

TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. This issue was published on February 16, 2018 and you can read it online.

Proposed Amendments to Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes changes to rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 111, by adding new rules under Subchapter E, §111.41 and §111.42; Subchapter F, §111.51 and §111.52; Subchapter I, §111.81 and §111.82; Subchapter J, §111.91 and §111.92, and Subchapter V, §111.216; by amending existing rules under Subchapter A, §111.2; Subchapter B, §111.10; Subchapter C, §§111.21, 111.22, and 111.23; Subchapter D, §§111.30, 111.35, and 111.37; Subchapter E, §§111.40, 111.45, and 111.47; Subchapter F, §§111.50, 111.55, and 111.57; Subchapter H, §§111.70, 111.75, and 111.77; Subchapter I, §§111.80, 111.85, and 111.87; Subchapter J, §§111.90, 111.95, and 111.97; Subchapter L, §111.115 and §111.117, Subchapter O, §111.140; Subchapter P, §111.151 and §111.154; Subchapter Q, §111.160; Subchapter R, §111.171; Subchapter S, §111.180, Subchapter U, §111.200; and Subchapter V, §111.213; and by repealing existing rules under Subchapter G, §§111.60, 111.65, and 111.66; and Subchapter K, §§111.100, 111.105, and 111.106, regarding the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists program. The proposed rules are necessary to implement House Bill 4007 (H.B. 4007), 85th Legislature, Regular Session (2017); make licensing and other clean-up changes; and update the supervision provisions throughout the chapter.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation also proposes amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 111, Subchapter V, §111.212, regarding the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Program. The proposed rule is a result of changes in regulation involving telepractice and telehealth, specifically related to in-person initial contact.

The proposed rules are published in the January 26, 2018, issue of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 400; 43 TexReg 433). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until February 26, 2018.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists program to review the rule proposals. Comments may be submitted by email to erule.comments@tdlr.texas.gov.

TDLR Health Monitor - Q4, 2017

TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. The first issue was published on November 2, 2017 and you can read it online.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists: One Year Update

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, transferring the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists program from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR).

The program transfer took place in October 2016. As part of our mission to deliver improved services at a lower cost to Texans, TDLR reduced the following fees for the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists program:

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists DSHS Fee TDLR Fee $ Reduced % Reduced
Jurisprudence Exam $39 $34 $5 13%
License Verification Fee $10 $0 $10 100%
Criminal History Evaluation Fee $50 $25 $25 50%
Reinstatement Fee $100 $0 $100 100%

We’ve also reduced processing and administrative fees for each online transaction. Thanks to these reductions, Texas Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists kept $71,191.00 in their pockets in their first year at TDLR. (October 2016 – September 2017)

In addition, TDLR reduced the word count in the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists program administrative rules to make them clear, concise, and easier to read--without impacting their effectiveness:

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists DSHS Rules TDLR Rules Word Difference % Reduced
Administrative Rules Word Count 35,772 25,536 10,236 29%

At TDLR, one of our core values is open and free communication. During this first year, the 7,669 Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists program email subscribers were contacted 12 times (92,028 emails delivered) so that we could share information about meetings, rule changes, licensing, and more. And beginning in November 2015, all interested parties have been invited to six public meetings of the Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists Advisory Board.

TDLR is delivering on our promise to promote transparency and accountability, protect the health and safety of all Texans, and eliminate unnecessary barriers to doing business. We look forward to serving you for many years to come, and always appreciate any feedback at: cs.speech@tdlr.texas.gov.

Important Information for Healthcare Facilities Seeking to Use Out-Of-State Healthcare Providers to Assist With Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response

On September 3, in accordance with Sections 418.016 and 418.171 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Greg Abbott temporarily suspended all necessary statutes and rules to allow a healthcare professional licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in various facilities in Texas to assist with disaster response operations for Hurricane Harvey. Read More

The suspension allows a healthcare provider who holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by another state jurisdiction satisfying qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills to render aid in this state to meet an emergency or disaster.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

For the healthcare provider types listed below, a healthcare facility must submit to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) by email each out-of-state provider’s name, license type, state of licensure, and license identification number to: Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov

TDLR licenses the following healthcare providers:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Dietitians
  • Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners
  • Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers
  • Midwives
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists
  • Podiatrists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

If you have questions or need assistance, please call (800) 803-9202 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CDT or email Harvey@tdlr.texas.gov.

Speech-Language Pathology Supervisors Can Now Add and Delete Their Intern and Assistant Supervisees Online

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists who are eligible to supervise can log in to their online licensing accounts to add or delete assistant and intern supervisees. Supervisors may add or delete assistants and interns who are currently licensed. Supervisors may not add or delete applicants who have not been issued a license yet. Read detailed instructions for the online system.

The changes made by the licensed supervisor are immediate. Supervisors may print out a summary of their current assistants and interns as soon as they make any changes. Read answers to frequently asked questions

The new online system can be used instead of submitting paper Supervisory Responsibility Statement forms, and Intern Plan of Agreement and Supervision forms.
Please refer to the program rules for information on supervision requirements at 16 Texas Administrative Code §111.154. Requirements, Duties, and Responsibilities of Supervisors.

TDLR staff from multiple divisions worked together to create this new online process for licensees’ ease and convenience. This project reflects TDLR’s Core Values of Customer Service, Teamwork and Innovation.

Advisory Board Meetings

Previous Meeting - March 6, 2018

The Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Advisory Board met Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Public Meeting Room of TDLR's North Campus, located at 1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 125E, in Austin. The agenda and staff reports are online. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel.