Identity theft

Are Your Practice’s Computers Safe From Cyber Attacks? - 08/26/2020

Earlier this month, the FBI Cyber Division issued a warning that any computers running on Windows 7 are vulnerable to cyberattacks. If you’ve not updated to Windows 10, it’s time to make it a priority.

Office Cleaners Clean Up on Patient Files - 07/10/2018

Two Austin men now face federal prison sentences after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, and two others are still wanted as part of an identity theft ring, according to a recent statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. Their targets: patient files lifted when they worked for an office cleaning company that serviced medical practices.

Are You Doing Enough to Prevent ID Theft? - 04/19/2018

With tax season upon us, it’s important to remember that there are always opportunists ready to defraud honest, hardworking taxpayers like you. A common scheme involves filing a false tax return with a stolen Social Security number, a scenario that happened to some TMA members a few years ago.

New Medicare ID Cards Arriving Soon - 04/17/2018

Starting this month, Medicare patients might begin showing up at your practice with new identification cards.

New Medicare Card Means Updates to CMS Forms - 04/17/2018

So you’ve heard about the new Medicare ID card for patients. But wait — there’s paper to go with that plastic.

For Future Reference - 11/20/2017

Reference pricing allows a payer or employer to set a standard, maximum price for a procedure regardless of whether the physician is in or out of network, allowing patients to shop for care. That ability to shop, though, introduces some consequences. 

TMA: Process to Remove SSNs from Medicare ID Cards Will Cause Confusion, Delays - 05/15/2017

Removing patients' Social Security numbers from their Medicare ID cards is needed to protect their privacy, TMA and other medical societies say, but the way it's being handled will cause unnecessary confusion and delays in care.