Gracie Awalt

  • Release of medical records webinar — key takeaways and resources

    A summary of information presented during the webinar “Release of medical records: Review of hot topics” presented on May 26, 2020.

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  • TMB offers health and wellness resources for physicians

    TMB offers health and wellness resources for physicians

    As thousands of health care professionals continue their efforts responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis, many are facing increased stress and burnout.

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  • Building a therapeutic physician-patient relationship

    Building a therapeutic physician-patient relationship

    The practice of plastic surgery often produces uncertainties. Patients judge the success of surgical outcomes based on their personal standards, so it is important to manage any misconceptions.

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  • Cyber criminal pretends to be OCR investigator to obtain PHI

    Cyber criminal pretends to be OCR investigator to obtain PHI

    The OCR is warning about an increase in malicious behavior by cyber criminals seeking access to protected health information.

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  • Cyber criminals hijack video calls; FBI provides recommendations

    Our increased dependency on teleconferencing has created new opportunities and incentives for cyber criminals to hack into video calls.

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  • How to psychologically evaluate patients before selection for surgery

    How to psychologically evaluate patients before selection for surgery

    Evaluating a patient’s mental health is an essential risk management consideration for plastic surgeons.

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  • Risk alert: FDA recalls ranitidine

    Risk alert: FDA recalls ranitidine

    Patients taking prescription or OTC ranitidine should stop taking it immediately.

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  • Coronavirus: Online and email scams

    Coronavirus: Online and email scams

    Cyber criminal activity is on the rise due to fears and urgency around the coronavirus. Here is some guidance on avoiding online scams and phishing emails.

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  • Coronavirus: Plans for your practice

    Coronavirus: Plans for your practice

    As more is learned about coronavirus, it is important to remain aware of tangible actions your practice can take to prevent the spread of the virus and respond to changing circumstances.

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  • Wellness resources available to Texas physicians

    Wellness resources available to Texas physicians

    Learn about TMA and county medical society resources

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  • Cyber criminals launching more professional attacks

    Cyber criminals launching more professional attacks

    As more cyber crime victims choose to pay ransom, cybercriminals are employing customer service tactics to engage with victims.

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  • Practice fined for response to social media review

    Practice fined for response to social media review

    Dallas dental practice fined $10,000 after publishing PHI in response to a patient review on Yelp

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  • Texting patients while staying HIPAA compliant

    Texting patients while staying HIPAA compliant

    How to text patients and colleagues without violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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  • Cyber fraud case study: Failure to recognize phishing email

    Cyber fraud case study: Failure to recognize phishing email

    The hospital received an email invoice from the ED group with instructions to send payment to a new account.

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  • Top five reasons medical spas are investigated

    Top five reasons medical spas are investigated

    Learn the top violations that prompt investigations of medical spas, according to the American Med Spa Association.

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  • TMB guidelines for medical spas

    TMB guidelines for medical spas

    With the growing popularity of medical spas comes an increased risk of malpractice lawsuits for physicians who offer medical spa services within their practices.

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  • What we can learn from the Capital One breach

    Approximately 100 million people in the U.S. had their personal information obtained by a software engineer who gained unauthorized access to Capital One credit card applications and customer data.

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  • Risk alert – Textured breast implants recalled

    Risk alert – Textured breast implants recalled

    Allergan announced that they are recalling Biocell textured breast implants from the global market.

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