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§344.1. Administrative Fines and Penalties

(a) Any physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who violates any provision of these rules, or any provision of the Physical Therapy Practice Act shall be, at the discretion of the Board, subject to the following penalties.

(1) The Board may impose suspension or revocation of a license, or other disciplinary action including probation, tutorial hours and additional education.

(2) The Board may assess fines, not to exceed $200 for each day of the offense, based on the following schedule:

(A) First offense: $100-$1,000;

(B) Subsequent offense: $200-$5,000.

(b) Any facility providing physical therapy services in violation of the Texas Physical Therapy Practice Act, shall be, at the discretion of the Board, subject to the following penalties.

(1) The Board may impose suspension or revocation of a facility registration, or other disciplinary action.

(2) The Board may assess fines, not to exceed $200 for each day of the offense, based on the following schedule:

(A) First offense: $200-$3,600;

(B) Subsequent offense: $200-$10,000.

(c) The Board shall utilize the following Schedule of Sanctions in all disciplinary matters.

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(d) Assessment of the penalties will follow procedures as established in §343.41 of this title (relating to Agreed Orders). The Board shall consider the following factors in conjunction with the Schedule of Sanctions when determining the appropriate penalty/sanction in disciplinary matters:

(1) The seriousness of the violation, including:

(A) The nature, circumstances, extent, and gravity of the violation; and

(B) The hazard or potential hazard created to the health, safety, or economic welfare of the public;

(2) The history of previous violations;

(3) The amount necessary to deter future violations;

(4) Efforts to correct the violation;

(5) The economic harm to the public interest or public confidence caused by the violation;

(6) Whether the violation was intentional; and

(7) Any other matter that justice may require.

(e) The provisions of subsections (a) - (d) of this section shall not be construed so as to prohibit other appropriate civil or criminal action and remedy and enforcement under other laws.

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