The Division of Health Related Boards provides administrative support to the boards, committees, councils and one registry that are charged with the licensure and regulation of their respective health care professionals, as well as the Office of Consumer Right to Know. The mission of each board is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice health care professions within this state to be qualified. The boards interpret the laws, rules and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The boards are also responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and are responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violations. Board members, with few exceptions, are appointed by the Governor.
NOTICE TO ALL LICENSED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS – ELECTRONIC NOTICE OPTION
On January 1, 2013, a new law, Public Chapter 952, became effective requiring all Tennessee health professional boards to provide electronic notices to healthcare professionals they license. The law gives healthcare professionals the option of being notified electronically of the following: (1) Renewals of license, certification or registration; (2) Any fee increases; (3) Any changes in state law that impact the license holder; and (4) Any board meeting where changes in rules or fees are on the agenda. If a healthcare professional “opts in”, the Department of Health will also be able to alert him or her of critical public health matters impacting Tennessee.
Please visit apps.tn.gov/hlrs/begin.jsp and complete the registration process to opt in. Upon receipt of a current email address, those who opt in will begin to receive ALL notices electronically rather than through the United States mail. Please note opting in means license renewal notification will be delivered electronically approximately 45 days in advance of the expiration date. The electronic notice will direct the licensee to the appropriate Web page to renew. For professions that do not permit licensees to renew their licenses online, a paper renewal will continue to be provided.
For more information, contact the Health Professional Boards office at 615-532-3202
or toll-free at 1-800-778-4123.
Click here for rules and regulations pertaining to Health Related Boards.
Certain managed care organizations are required to submit an annual report to the Department of Commerce and Insurance. The Consumer Right to Know Act requires this information to be made available to consumers.
Tennessee law mandates that specific health care professionals submit information to the Department regarding details of their training, specialty certification and practice. The Office of Consumer Right to Know is charged with seeking and collecting this information and providing it to consumers via the Department’s web site.
The professions that are required to submit information are: alcohol and drug abuse counselors, audiologists, certified nurse practitioners, chiropractors, clinical pastoral therapists, dentists, dietitian or nutritionists, dispensing opticians, electrologists, marital and family therapists, massage therapists, medical doctors, medical laboratory personnel, nursing home administrators, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopathic physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants, podiatrists, professional counselors, psychologists, registered nurse anesthetists, respiratory care practitioners, social workers, speech pathologists and veterinarians.
Any change to information is required to be reported within 30 days of the change. The changes should be sent to the following:
Healthcare Provider Information Consumer Right to Know
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Fax: (615) 401-7683