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Update on Therapeutic Order Writing

With the new CMS Conditions of Participation and the letter from Texas Department of State Health Services expressing the plan to change the Texas Health and Safety Code (click here), licensed dietitians in Texas can now work with their local medical staff to define which therapeutic diet orders they can write without co-signature. This includes diets, oral supplements, enteral and parenteral nutrition and can also include lab orders.

Please email Kim Bandelier, MPH, RD, LD at state_regulatory@eatrighttexas.org.


Dietetic Licensure Update

Dietitian licensure is in the process of being transferred between state agencies. Renewal and new licenses will be handled through the Texas State Board of Examiners for Dietitians which is housed in the Department of State Health Services until September 30, 2016.

The Texas Academy Public Policy Panel strongly encourages all members to renew their licenses as soon as they receive their notice to renew.

If you have moved, please go to the Texas State Board of Examiners for Dietitians website and update your contact information, so you will receive your notification in a timely manner.

If you experience issues renewing a new license, please contact our licensure liaison at consumer_protection@eatrightTexas.org.

If you are new to Texas or need information about becoming licensed in the state of Texas, please contact the Texas State Board of Examiners for Dietitians at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/dietitian/.

The current timeline says that beginning October 1, 2016 licensure of dietitians will be handled through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Updates during this transition will be included in emails from the Texas Academy.


2016 Texas Academy Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Recipients! The recipients will be honored at the Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 28, during Texas Academy Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Outstanding Preceptor Award: Veteran – Neva Cochran, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Outstanding Preceptor Award: Newcomer – Allison McDaniel, MS, RDN, LD
Nutrition Education Award – Allison Kerin MS, RD, LD
Bluebonnet Award – Rina P. Patel, Pharm.D., BCNSP
Distinguished Scientist – Teresa L. Wagner MS, RD, LD
Emerging Dietetic Leader – Allison A. Childress, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Media Award – Emily Hein, RDN, LD
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-Houston – Roaxana Tamijani MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-Lubbock – Dayna McCutchin, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-South Texas – Katherine Jechow Bowen, MS, RDN, LD
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-Mid-East Texas – Kristen Hicks, MS, RD, LD
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year-Dallas – Laura Bartee, RD, LD
Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year – Carolyn Tarver
Outstanding Student-DI – Kayla Clark – Texas Tech University
Outstanding Student-DPD – Emilyann Kinlaw – TWU Denton
Outstanding Student-CP – Patricia Gallagher – UT Southwestern School of Health Professions


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