On June 1, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) will resume disciplining physicians who do not use the Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) Death Registration system to register patient deaths, TMB Executive Director Mari Robinson, JD, told the TMA Patient-Physician Advocacy Committee at TexMed 2011. The fine is $500.
Last November, TMB refunded money to more than 100 physicians who had already been fined and suspended pending cases because of physicians' complaints about the registration system. TMB said the delay in disciplining physicians would last until the 2011 session of the Texas Legislature ends this month.
If you haven't registered and aren't using the system, now is a good time to do so. Here's what TMB said in the January TMB Bulletin: "It's important to note that electronic death certification is here to stay. The health department adopted this system because it is faster for all parties involved, and it's less susceptible to fraud than paper."
Action, June 1, 2011