TMA has been alerted that a South Texas physician member is the victim of a cyber attack in which a thief hacked into the physician's computer and is demanding money in exchange for the key to access the encrypted information.
As more cyber criminals make records-for-ransom demands, physicians need to be more vigilant than ever against attacks, tightening digital security and taking other precautions.
Electronic health record (EHR) errors have prompted calls from TMA and AMA to create a federal HIT safety center that would collect reported data on EHR-related adverse events.
With high-deductible health plans and a greater push for personal responsibility, many patients are interested in engaging more closely with their physicians and other health care professionals. Meaningful use requirements and other value-based programs have physicians using electronic communication tools to share information with their patients.
TMA's second edition of our Healthy Vision 2020, articulates specifically and directly what we are asking of the Texas Legislature, the U.S. Congress, and state and federal regulators. The recommendations range from the simple (Put ICD-10 on permanent hold) to the complex (Devise and enact a system for providing health care to low-income Texans with realistic payment to physicians, less stifling state bureaucracy, and no fraud-and-abuse witch hunts) to the most fundamental (Pass no laws or regulations that interfere with the patient-physician relationship).
You can keep up with federal and state requirements that affect your practice by regularly checking TMA's Deadlines for Doctors.
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