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RULE §195.1Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the contents indicate otherwise.

  (1) Board--The Texas Medical Board.

  (2) Pain management clinic--A publicly or privately owned facility for which a majority of patients are issued, on a monthly basis, a prescription for opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carisoprodol, but not including suboxone.

  (3) Personnel--Staff employed or individuals contracted to provide services at a pain clinic. The term does not include physicians.

  (4) Physician--A person licensed by the Texas Medical Board as a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine who diagnoses, treats, or offers to treat any disease or disorder, mental or physical, or any physical deformity or injury by any system or method or effects cures thereof and charges therefor, directly or indirectly, money or other compensation. "Physician" and "surgeon" shall be construed as synonymous.

  (5) Operator--An owner, medical director, or physician affiliated or associated with the pain management clinic in any capacity. Each of these individuals is considered to be operating at the pain management clinic.

Source Note: The provisions of this §195.1 adopted to be effective May 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 3281; amended to be effective March 15, 2016, 41 TexReg 1839; amended to be effective July 2, 2020, 45 TexReg 4339

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