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Beware of Phony TMB or DEA Agents - 07/03/2019

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) is warning physicians and pharmacies of a scam involving criminals who sometimes pose as TMB officials. TMB passed along a report from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that says physicians registered with the DEA are receiving calls and emails from criminals who identify themselves as DEA personnel or other law enforcement agents.

Scammers Targeting Texas Pulmonologists Seeking $500 - 06/19/2019

The Texas Medical Association is warning pulmonary physicians to be aware of a scam involving a letter from a phony medical board that seeks $500 “for Pulmonary Disease Certification Status Verification.” Two Texas pulmonologists contacted TMA to report a letter from the “American Board of Pulmonary Disease” notifying them of a “very important requirement to continue certification in pulmonary disease at this time. You are on record having failed to previously register, and must comply.”

Alert: Scammers Demanding Bogus Fines For Drug Purchases - 04/01/2019

The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) are warning physicians about scammers posing as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent trying to defraud doctors into paying a nonexistent federal fine for allegedly intercepting illegal prescription drugs the doctor had sent through the mail.

Greenway Clients Entitled to Free EHR Upgrade After Fraud Settlement - 02/12/2019

Electronic Health Record vendor Greenway Health has been ordered to offer its clients free upgrades to its latest version of Prime Suite as part of a settlement in a multimillion-dollar fraud case.  

A Chance to Control Your Practice’s Health Insurance Costs - 11/19/2018

TMA Insurance Trust has uncovered two special, limited-time waivers that can help your practice control the cost of health insurance. With these waivers, there are no participation or contribution requirements.

Do You Know the Hidden Costs of Short-Term Health Insurance? - 11/12/2018

Due to their lower monthly premiums, short-term health plans are receiving a lot of attention. But these plans have several hidden costs you may not have considered, and TMA members can now take advantage of a better way to control the cost of health insurance.

Don’t Fall for Credentialing Scam, Blue Cross Says - 10/23/2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas warns physicians to be aware of a scammer that is offering to help doctors become credentialed with the insurance company for $250.

TMA Insurance Trust - 09/19/2018

The TMAIT offers a wide range of insurance plans for individual physicians and medical groups, including medical, life, long-term disability, short-term disability, long-term care, dental, vision, key person life insurance, key person disability insurance, and business overhead coverage. The TMAIT can provide voluntary insurance plans (plans where employees opt in and pay 100 percent of the premium) such as dental and vision insurance.

What To Do When Employees Steal: Medical Practices Are a Ripe Target for Embezzlement - 09/14/2018

Medical practices are a ripe target for embezzlement.

EHR Vendors Behaving Badly; What Can You Do? - 08/27/2018

Have you had a problem with your electronic health record vendor not following through on its contractual obligations? Many practices don’t know how or where to get help.

TMA Insurance Trust Again Wins Big for Innovative Marketing Campaign - 06/28/2018

The Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust was the overall winner in the Marketing Methods Competition at the annual Professional Insurance Marketing Association 2018 Consumer Insights Conference & Trade Show in June.

TMA Insurance Trust: Providing Free CME for TMA Members - 06/05/2018

Free CME courses are now a benefit of your TMA membership, compliments of TMA Insurance Trust.

Hundreds of CME Hours Now Available for Free - 05/30/2018

Hundreds of CME hours — many designated for credit in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility — are now available to Texas Medical Association members at no cost, compliments of TMA Insurance Trust.

A Gift To You: Free CME for TMA Members - 05/29/2018

Thanks to a generous contribution from Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust, dozens of CME courses in the TMA Education Center are now FREE for members.

Kyle Janek: The Texas Medicine Interview - 04/24/2018

New Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, MD, has concerns about Medicaid - about having enough physicians to care for patients, about how to improve the health insurer, and other thoughts he shares with Texas Medicine magazine. In this interview he covers that, fraud investigations, women's health and other key issues he and the state face.

Prescott to Head Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust - 04/20/2018

The Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust (TMAIT) Board of Trustees has named James W. Prescott administrator of TMAIT and president of TMAIT Financial Services, Inc. (TFSI).

Grappling With Small-Business Insurance - 04/20/2018

Some physicians offering health insurance to their employees are feeling the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The TMA Insurance Trust can help physicians navigate their insurance purchases. 

Trump Signs Executive Order on Association Health Plans: “All Any of Us Can Do Now Is Wait” - 04/20/2018

Texas physicians could see a flood of new insurance plans — including some to cover themselves and their employees — under President Donald Trump's executive order that directs federal agencies to design lower-cost plans outside the Affordable Care Act.

New Medicaid Inspector General Appointed - 01/19/2018

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Tax Fraud - 07/06/2017

A nationwide identity theft scheme is targeting physicians and leaving the Internal Revenue Service liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent tax refunds. As of June, more than 100 Texas Medical Association members notified the association someone had stolen their Social Security numbers and attempted to claim their tax refunds. The association has learned the crime's victims also include physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, dentists, podiatrists, and pharmacists. Texas is one of 49 states and the District of Columbia affected by this con.

Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Training: Not Just for Medicare Advantage Plans - 01/27/2017

Medicare requires annual fraud, waste, and abuse training for physicians contracted with any Medicare Advantage plan and their staff. But all practices should provide this type of training to all employees, regardless of health plan participation, says TMA.

Identify Your Own Fraud and Abuse Red Flags - 09/26/2016

One way to help keep your practice operations squeaky clean and in compliance with fraud and abuse laws is to develop an internal set of warning indicators.

OIG Focuses Fraud Efforts on Physician Compensation - 06/03/2016

A recent U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) fraud alert warns that physician compensation arrangements may result in significant liability.

New Toolkit Helps Doctors Navigate Medical Audits - 06/03/2016

The Physicians Advocacy Institute and the American College of Emergency Physicians collaborated to develop the Toolkit for Physicians Facing Medical Audits, which provides practical information and tips to help physicians anticipate medical audits, respond to auditors’ requests for medical records, and appeal erroneous audit findings.

Tax Refund Fraud Scheme Affects Texas Physicians - 05/20/2016

Physicians are the latest victims in a tax refund fraud scheme making waves across the nation. The American Medical Association reports it's working with federal officials in the investigation, headed by the Internal Revenue Service and the Secret Service. While the exact source of the identity theft hasn't been detected, several theories exist.