mary ann roser, austin american-statesma
tuesday, september 20, 2011
austin, texas (ap)-a law that took effect this month bars the texas medical board
from considering complaints against doctors if they come from anonymous sources-like the complaint from two winkler county nurses who lost their jobs after anonymously urging the board to investigate a doctor in 2009.
the legislation was a victory for a physicians' group that sued the medical board in december 2007 over allegations that it was abusing the anonymous complaint process. the suit also accused a former president of the board of using her husband to file anonymous complaints against her competitors to get those physicians disciplined.
some doctors in the group and others lobbied the legislature for several years to ban the practice and wanted lawmakers to snip the board's powers. one such leader, dr. steve hotze
of houston, is a proponent of alternative medicine and president of texans for patients' and physicians' rights, whose no. 1 goal is eliminating anonymous complaints from insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, attorneys and competitors....