Texas Register Preamble
The Texas Medical Board (Board) adopts on an emergency basis an amendment to 22 TAC §187.57(c) for purposes of the COVID-19 disaster declaration. The amendment is being made pursuant to Executive Order GA 09 and amends the definition of "Continuing Threat" under 22 TAC §187.57(c).
The amended rule is adopted on an emergency basis due to the imminent peril to the public health, safety and welfare caused by unnecessary exposure of both patients and health care professionals in undertaking and performing non-urgent elective surgeries and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The amended definitions are applicable only for purposes of the COVID-19 disaster declaration and shall only remain effective until the COVID-19 disaster declaration is terminated.
The emergency rule amendment is adopted under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code, §153.001, which provides authority for the Board to recommend and adopt rules and bylaws as necessary to: govern its own proceedings; perform its duties; regulate the practice of medicine; and enforce this subtitle.
In addition, the emergency rule amendment is adopted on an emergency basis pursuant to Texas Government Code §2001.034, which authorizes the adoption of a rule on an emergency basis without prior notice and comment based upon a determination of imminent peril to the public health, safety or welfare.
The statutes affected by this rule: Texas Medical Practice Act, Chapters 151 and 164, Texas Occupations Code.
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