Following Governor Greg Abbott’s issuance of Executive Order GA-15 , the Texas Medical Board’s Executive Committee today adopted rules on an emergency basis to enforce the Governor’s Executive Order which continues the postponement of certain surgeries and procedures as outlined in the order.
The adopted rule amends 22 TAC Chapter 190.8 Violation Guidelines, and adds to the definition of “Unprofessional and Dishonorable Conduct” under 22 TAC §190.8(2)(U). The adopted emergency rule goes into effect later today at 11:59 p.m. when GA-15 goes into effect.
The rule adds to the definition to include the following:
- (i) any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the personal protective equipment needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster; or
- (ii) any surgery or procedure performed in a licensed health care facility that has certified in writing to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission both:
The Executive Committee also withdrew emergency rules related to Executive Order GA-09 effective today at 11:59 p.m.