A new state law takes effect this month which bans anonymous complaints from being considered by the Texas Medical Board. The new law has received mixed reviews from patients, advocacy groups, physicians, as well as politicians.
Those in favor of the ban claim that, in the past, people have abused the anonymous complaints process to damage the reputation of competitors. Advocates also say that it will hold patients accountable for the complaints and safeguard patient access to their physicians. Others believe the law will have little effect on legislation and patient safety, since only about 4% of the 6,849 complaints the Texas Medical Board received in 2010 were anonymous. Those oppose to the new law say that it will discourage people from coming forward and reporting safety violations.
If you are a physician and have received a complaint processed through the Texas Medical Board, contact the Texas health and corporate law attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC by calling 512.495.9995.