Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
EAST TEXAS - The Texas Medical Board issued 575 physician licenses at its April board meeting. Also, they announced that the average time to issue a Texas medical license has gone down to about 30 days. When the average time to license a Texas physician reached a peak of 100 days in September, 2007, the Legislature mandated that TMB reduce licensing time to 51 days. The addition of staff and resources, along with implementation of the LIST system, which improves communications between applicants and TMB staff, enabled TMB to meet and then exceed the legislative mandate. By June of last year the average was 44 days. The average time has steadily decreased so that now it's possible for a physician to receive a Texas medical license in one month after submitting a fully completed application.
Since its February meeting, the Texas Medical Board has taken disciplinary action against 70 licensed physicians and one surgical assistant. Six of those doctors are in the East Texas area.
The February 10, 2009, TMB release included a summary of an order for Rick Allen Boyles, M.D., Lic. #J6345, of Jasper TX, in the wrong category. The summary should have been listed as a modification of a previous order.
QUALITY OF CARE VIOLATIONS
Ross, John M., M.D., Lic. #J7169, Palestine TX
On April 3, 2009, the Board and Dr. Ross entered into an Agreed Order requiring that he pay an administrative penalty of $1,000 within 90 days. The action was based on Dr. Ross' prescribing narcotics, pain medications and other dangerous drugs to a family member.
Wells, Terry L., M.D., Lic. #J1587, Lufkin TX
On April 3, 2009, the Board and Dr. Wells entered into an Agreed Order requiring that she have a chart monitor for one year. The action was based on Dr. Wells' failure to properly treat and document care of a diabetic patient over nine years.
INADEQUATE MEDICAL RECORDS
Callahan, Robert G., M.D., Lic. #K8046, Carthage TX
On April 3, 2009, the Board and Dr. Callahan entered into an Agreed Order requiring that, within one year, he obtain 10 hours each of continuing medical education in physician-patient communication and medical recordkeeping. The action was based on poor documentation and communications regarding treatment of several members of a family injured in an automobile accident.
Zarcone, Gregory S., D.O., Lic. #L8252, Pittsburg TX
On April 3, 2009, the Board and Dr. Zarcone entered into an Agreed Order requiring that, within one year, he obtain eight hours each of continuing medical education in management of chronic pain and medical recordkeeping. The action was based on Dr. Zarcone's prescribing excessive amounts of pain medication without adequate review of previous records and treatment and on his failure to adequately track quantities of narcotics he was prescribing.
IMPAIRMENT DUE TO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
Bowers, Robert M., M.D., Lic. #H9808, Tyler TX
On April 3, 2009, the Board and Dr. Bowers entered into a 15-year agreed order requiring that Dr. Bowers abstain from consuming prohibited substances and participate in the board's drug-testing program. The action as based on his abuse of hydrocodone and other drugs.