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RULE §187.57Charge of the Disciplinary Panel
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(a) The disciplinary panel shall determine from the evidence or information presented to it whether a person's continuation in practice constitutes a continuing threat to the public welfare.

(b) If the disciplinary panel determines that a person's continuation in practice would constitute a continuing threat to the public welfare, the disciplinary panel shall temporarily suspend or restrict the license of that person.

(c) In accordance with the Act, §151.002(a)(2), "continuing threat to the public welfare," means a real danger to the health of a physician's patients or the public caused through the physician's lack of competence, impaired status, or failure to care adequately for the physician's patients. A real danger exists if patients have an exposure to or risk of injury that is not merely abstract, hypothetical or remote and is based on actual actions or inactions of the physician. Information that the physician has committed similar actions or inactions in the past shall be considered by the disciplinary panel.

(d) The disciplinary panel may also temporarily restrict or suspend a license of a person upon proof that a person has been arrested for an offense under:

  (1) Section 22.011(a)(2), Penal Code (sexual assault of a child);

  (2) Section 22.021(a)(1)(B), Penal Code (aggravated sexual assault of a child);

  (3) Section 21.02, Penal Code (continuous sexual abuse of a young child or children); or

  (4) Section 21.11, Penal Code (indecency with a child).

Source Note: The provisions of this §187.57 adopted to be effective November 3, 2002, 27 TexReg 10027; amended to be effective November 30, 2003, 28 TexReg 10494; amended to be effective December 25, 2011, 36 TexReg 8551; amended to be effective May 6, 2013, 38 TexReg 2760

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