TMLT Blog

Health care, risk management, and medical malpractice industry news and trends

  • Another January deadline . . . new Texas vital statistics registry

    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.

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  • Update: New schedule II prescription forms required by June 1

    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.

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  • Texas informed consent lists revised

    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.

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  • Guidelines for the release of medical records

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • TMLT names Elliott Moss as 2018 scholarship recipient

    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.

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  • Anthem pays $16 million HIPAA penalty

    Anthem pays $16 million HIPAA penalty

    Anthem will pay $16 million after cyber attacks exposed the ePHI of 79 million people

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  • Policyholders to save $12.7 million from dividends

    Policyholders to save $12.7 million from dividends

    TMLT policyholders will receive a 10 percent dividend when they renew their policies in 2019.

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  • Communicating with millennial patients

    Communicating with millennial patients

    Millennials are now the largest segment of our population, and they bring a different set of expectations and needs to health care than previous generations.

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  • Human trafficking: Raising awareness and identifying trafficked persons in health care settings

    According to the FBI, human trafficking is the third-largest criminal activity in the world. (1) A form of human slavery, human trafficking is an estimated $32 billion a year industry.

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  • Governor issues proclamation recognizing medical liability reform

    Governor issues proclamation recognizing medical liability reform

    Texas Governor issues proclamation marking the 15th anniversary of Texas medical liability reforms

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  • How to dispose of storage devices containing PHI and other sensitive data

    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

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  • Meet the instructor: Robert Milman, MD

    Meet the instructor: Robert Milman, MD

    Dr. Milman co-teaches TMLT’s summer CME seminar series in Katy and McAllen in August, 2018.

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  • What we can learn from MD Anderson's $4.3 million HIPAA penalty

    What we can learn from MD Anderson's $4.3 million HIPAA penalty

    MD Anderson Cancer Center was recently fined for HIPAA violations. Let's go behind the headlines and take a look at the case.

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  • Suicide awareness and prevention

    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.

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  • Risk alert: FDA relabels intragastric balloon systems due to possible related deaths

    Risk alert: FDA relabels intragastric balloon systems due to possible related deaths

    The FDA has approved new labeling for the Orbera and ReShape balloon systems.

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  • Risk alert: Birth control pills recalled

    Risk alert: Birth control pills recalled

    Allergan recalls sample packs of Taytulla birth control pills

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  • Recap: “How to Fight the Opioid Epidemic”

    Recap: “How to Fight the Opioid Epidemic”

    For this year’s spring CME seminars, attorney Brett B. Rowe presented “How to Fight the Opioid Epidemic” in Austin and Houston. Here’s a brief recap with five risk management takeaways for physicians.

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  • What Is Your Total Cost of (Cyber) Risk?

    The financial impact of a data breach can be much greater than expected.

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  • Risk alert: False DEA phone calls requesting payment for fines

    Risk alert: False DEA phone calls requesting payment for fines

    Criminals posing as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents are phoning physicians and requesting payment for false fines.

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