In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced guidelines for prescribing opioids to chronic pain patients. These guidelines apply to physicians treating patients outside the context of cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care.
What Every Physician Needs to Know About Their Malpractice Insurance Policy
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Another January deadline . . . new Texas vital statistics registry
Texas physicians will be required to use a new system to submit death certificates beginning January 1, 2019.
Update: New schedule II prescription forms required by June 1
Texas physicians will be required to use new schedule II prescription forms beginning June 1, 2019.
Texas informed consent lists revised
The TMDP has revised the lists of medical and surgical procedures that require the disclosure of specific risks and informed consent.
Guidelines for the release of medical records
It is imperative to have a system in place that allows the release of complete, legible, and organized records from your medical office.
Safe water use during prolonged boil water advisory
During the current "boil water advisory," Austin residents are encouraged to boil water before drinking or cooking. Daily routines, such as hand washing and bathing, require a little planning.
Reporter Quarter 3 2018
CME - Human Trafficking; Communicating with millennials; Wernicke's encephalopathy: Failure to monitor thiamine levels; Failure to obtain consent for esophageal dilation; TMLT Board Election 2019
TMLT names Elliott Moss as 2018 scholarship recipient
The TMLT Scholarship was established to recognize Texas medical students who are interested in finding creative and effective ways to enhance patient safety.
Anthem pays $16 million HIPAA penalty
Anthem will pay $16 million after cyber attacks exposed the ePHI of 79 million people
Policyholders to save $12.7 million from dividends
TMLT policyholders will receive a 10 percent dividend when they renew their policies in 2019.
Human Trafficking, Part 1
With an estimated 66-88% of human trafficking victims coming into contact with the health care system, health care professionals are in a unique position to identify and help these individuals. This p
Governor issues proclamation recognizing medical liability reform
Texas Governor issues proclamation marking the 15th anniversary of Texas medical liability reforms
Responding to Online Patient Complaints
The posting of patient complaints and reviews online is unavoidable. Here are some tips on how to manage and respond to negative online comments.
How to dispose of storage devices containing PHI and other sensitive data
Improper disposal of electronic devices and media puts the information stored on those devices at risk for a breach. And when devices contain protected health information (PHI), it puts your patient’s
Can physicians use their own mobile devices at work?
Cathy Bryant, manager of product development & consulting services at TMLT, discusses the pros and cons of "BYOD," or "Bring Your Own Device."
What is covered under "cyber extortion" within a cyber liability policy?
John Southrey, director of consulting services at TMLT, describes cyber extortion threats, like ransomware, and what to do if you receive this kind of threat.
How can I prevent a cyber breach?
Cathy Bryant, manager of product development & consulting services at TMLT, provides five steps to help health care entities prevent a cyber breach.
Reporter Quarter 2 2018
Risk management trends analysis; Preparing for office based medical emergencies (CME); How to prepare for a cyber breach; Failure to treat myocardial infarction; Failure to supervise APP
What are some of the direct and indirect costs of a data breach?
John Southrey, director of consulting services at TMLT, describes the costs - both direct and indirect - of a cyber data breach.
Suicide awareness and prevention
Recent events and reports offer a reminder that effective suicide prevention resources are available to the public and to health care providers for sharing with their patients.
Risk alert: FDA relabels intragastric balloon systems due to possible related deaths