Texas Administrative Code
Section 184.20 - Investigations

Universal Citation: 22 TX Admin Code ยง 184.20

Current through Reg. 49, No. 12; March 22, 2024

(a) Confidentiality. All complaints, adverse reports, investigation files, other investigation reports, and other investigative information in the possession of, or received, or gathered by the board or its employees or agents relating to a licensee, an application for license, or a criminal investigation or proceeding are privileged and confidential and are not subject to discovery, subpoena, or other means of legal compulsion for their release to anyone other than the board or its employees or agents involved in licensee discipline.

(b) Permitted disclosure of investigative information. Investigative information in the possession of the board or its employees or agents that relates to discipline of a licensee and information contained in such files may not be disclosed except in the following circumstances:

(1) to the appropriate licensing or regulatory authorities in other states or the District of Columbia or a territory or country where the surgical assistant is licensed, registered, or certified or has applied for a license or to a peer review committee reviewing an application for privileges or the qualifications of the licensee with respect to retaining privileges;

(2) to appropriate law enforcement agencies if the investigative information indicates a crime may have been committed and the board shall cooperate with and assist all law enforcement agencies conducting criminal investigations of licensees by providing information relevant to the criminal investigation to the investigating agency and any information disclosed by the board to an investigative agency shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed by the investigating agency except as necessary to further the investigation;

(3) to a health-care entity upon receipt of written request. Disclosures by the board to a health-care entity shall include only information about a complaint filed against a surgical assistant that was resolved after investigation by a disciplinary order of the board or by an agreed settlement, and the basis and current status of any complaint under active investigation that has been referred by the executive director or the director's designee for legal action; and

(4) to other persons if required during the investigation.

(c) Reports to the Board.

(1) Relevant information required to be reported to the board pursuant to § 206.159 of the Act, indicating that a surgical assistant's practice poses a continuing threat to the public welfare shall include a narrative statement describing the time, date, and place of the acts or omissions on which the report is based.

(2) A report that a surgical assistant's practice constitutes a continuing threat to the public's welfare shall be made as soon as possible after the peer review committee, quality assurance committee, surgical assistant, surgical assistant student, physician or any person usually present in the operating room, including a nurse or surgical technologist involved reaches that conclusion and is able to assemble the relevant information.

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