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RULE §177.1Definitions

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

  (1) Act--The Texas Medical Practice Act, Texas Occupations Code Annotated, Title 3 Subtitle B.

  (2) Actively engaged in the practice of medicine--The physician on a full-time basis is engaged in diagnosing, treating or offering to treat any mental or physical disease or disorder or any physical deformity or injury or performing such actions with respect to individual patients for compensation and shall include clinical medical research, the practice of clinical investigative medicine, the supervision and training of medical students or residents in a teaching facility or program approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and professional managerial, administrative, or supervisory activities related to the practice of medicine or the delivery of health care services. The term "full-time basis," for purposes of this section, shall mean at least 20 hours per week for 40 weeks duration during a given year.

  (3) Board--Texas Medical Board.

  (4) Board of Directors--The board of the health organization whether referred to as the board of directors, the board of trustees or other title.

  (5) Certification by the Board--In accordance with Chapter 162, Texas Occupations Code Annotated, the Board shall certify a health organization as a non-profit health organization; as a migrant, community, or homeless health center; or as a federally qualified health center.

  (6) Chief Executive Officer--The officer of the health organization authorized in the articles of incorporation, the bylaws, or otherwise, to perform the functions of the principal executive officer, irrespective of the name by which such officer may be designated by the health organization.

  (7) Director--A member of a health organization's board of directors whether referred to as a director, trustee or other title.

  (8) Member--A member of the health organization.

  (9) Health Organization--An applicant for or holder of certification from the Texas Medical Board under the Act, §162.001(b) and (c).

  (10) Rules--The rules, 22 Texas Administrative Code Chapters 161 - 200, promulgated by the Texas Medical Board pursuant to the Act.

  (11) Supplier--

    (A) A physician retained to provide medical services to or on behalf of the health organization; and

    (B) any other person providing or anticipated to provide services or supplies to or on behalf of the health organization in excess of $10,000 during a twelve-month period.

Source Note: The provisions of this §177.1 adopted to be effective January 12, 1996, 21 TexReg 107; amended to be effective March 8, 2001, 26 TexReg 1864; amended to be effective July 4, 2004, 29 TexReg 6089; amended to be effective March 16, 2008, 33 TexReg 2025

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