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  S.B. No. 29
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the creation of a minimum data set for the collection of
  information on health professionals by the statewide health
  coordinating council.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 105.003, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by amending Subsection (c) and adding Subsections (c-1),
  (c-2), (c-3), (f), (g), and (h) to read as follows:
         (c)  The Department of Information Resources, through
  TexasOnline and in consultation with the council and the Health
  Professions Council, shall add and label as "mandatory" the
  following fields on an application or renewal form for a license,
  certificate, or registration for a person subject to Subsection
  (c-2):
               (1)  full name and last four digits of social security
  number;
               (2)  full mailing address; and
               (3)  educational background and training, including
  basic health professions degree, school name and location of basic
  health professions degree, and graduation year for basic health
  professions degree, and, as applicable, highest professional
  degree obtained, related professional school name and location, and
  related graduation year [At a minimum, the data collected by the
  council must include the following in regard to health
  professionals:
               [(1)  their number and geographic distribution;
               [(2)  licensure or certification status;
               [(3)  specialty areas, if applicable; and
               [(4)     trends or changes in license holders according to
  number or geographic distribution].
         (c-1)  The Department of Information Resources, through
  TexasOnline and in consultation with the council and the Health
  Professions Council, shall add the following fields on an
  application or renewal form for a license, certificate, or
  registration for a person subject to Subsection (c-2):
               (1)  date and place of birth;
               (2)  sex;
               (3)  race and ethnicity;
               (4)  location of high school;
               (5)  mailing address of primary practice;
               (6)  number of hours per week spent at primary practice
  location;
               (7)  description of primary practice setting;
               (8)  primary practice information, including primary
  specialty practice, practice location zip code, and county; and
               (9)  information regarding any additional practice,
  including description of practice setting, practice location zip
  code, and county.
         (c-2)  The following health professionals are subject to
  this section:
               (1)  audiologists;
               (2)  chiropractors;
               (3)  licensed professional counselors;
               (4)  licensed chemical dependency counselors;
               (5)  dentists;
               (6)  dental hygienists;
               (7)  emergency medical services personnel;
               (8)  marriage and family therapists;
               (9)  medical radiologic technologists;
               (10)  licensed vocational nurses;
               (11)  registered nurses;
               (12)  certified nurse aides;
               (13)  occupational therapists;
               (14)  optometrists;
               (15)  pharmacists;
               (16)  physical therapists;
               (17)  physicians;
               (18)  physician assistants;
               (19)  psychologists;
               (20)  social workers; and
               (21)  speech-language pathologists.
         (c-3)  The relevant members of the Health Professions
  Council shall encourage each person described by Subsection (c-2)
  licensed, certified, or registered under that council's authority
  to submit application and renewal information under Subsections (c)
  and (c-1) through the system developed by the Department of
  Information Resources and TexasOnline.
         (f)  The relevant members of the Health Professions Council,
  in conjunction with the Department of Information Resources, shall
  ensure that the information collected under Subsections (c) and
  (c-1) is transmitted to the statewide health coordinating council.
  The council shall store the information as needed and conduct
  related workforce studies, including a determination of the
  geographical distribution of the reporting professionals.
         (g)  The relevant members of the Health Professions Council,
  in conjunction with the Department of Information Resources, shall
  ensure that the following information is submitted to the statewide
  health coordinating council for a person subject to Subsection
  (c-2):
               (1)  certification, registration, or license number;
               (2)  issuance date;
               (3)  method of certification, registration, or
  licensure; and
               (4)  certification, registration, or licensure status.
         (h)  The Department of Information Resources shall work with
  the health occupation regulatory agencies that are members of the
  Health Professions Council to minimize the costs to Health
  Professions Council members of obtaining the information under
  Subsections (c) and (c-1).  The Department of Information Resources
  shall provide the Health Professions Council with the appropriate
  federal information processing standards code based on the
  information in Subsections (c-1)(8) and (9).
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect March 1, 2008.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 29 passed the Senate on
  April 26, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 24, 2007, by the
  following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 29 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 23, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 144,
  Nays 0, two present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor