Utah Doctors Victims of Tax Refund Scam
Within hours of informing UMA members by email of an identity theft scam involving electronic tax returns, about two dozen of our members responded saying they had been targeted. UMA is now working with the U.S. Secret Service on this issue, to collect the names of any other Utah doctors who may have been affected. This is a widespread, national issue and Utah has not been immune. If you have been affected, and have not already responded to UMA, please let us know by reporting your name via email to UMA CEO Michelle S. McOmber, MBA, CAE. Any information collected will be passed on to investigators.
We advise anyone who suspects they have been targeted to check with a credit reporting agency to make sure that their Social Security numbers have not been used to open new accounts, etc.
We do not know how the security numbers were compromised, but there is some speculation that the targets seem to be those who prescribe. This is because reported scam targets have been physicians, dentists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Please let us know if you have been targeted and stay tuned for more information as we learn it.
Physician Futures Meeting Examines ACOs, Doctor Unions, etc.
About 100 UMA member physicians from all over the state gathered recently to examine the future of private practice, employed practice and various options for maintaining physician choice and the patient/physician relationship. A video of the meeting (in 2 parts) is available here to UMA members (Login required). Also available is a survey that can be taken to help UMA discover how best the Association can assist physicians in the newly emerging health care system.
2014 UMA Physicians of Utah Directory Available
The 2014 Physicians of Utah Directory has been created and has been emailed to UMA Member physicians. The directory file (PDF) is also available on this website to UMA Members (must log first) by clicking the "Physician Referral Directory" link under the Membership tab above. Each UMA member is granted a single concurrent user license to use the Directory file. Members who wish to share the file with other users (office staff, etc.) can purchase additional licenses for 1/2 the regular price. Non-members can purchase a license for the Directory for $70/license.
Full Dues Discount for Choosing Auto Renew
UMA Full Members who do not qualify for any other discount are eligible to save 7.5 percent off their annual UMA dues if they will sign up for Automatic Dues Renewal via an automatic withdrawal from either a checking or savings account. The withdrawal can be set up to occur in either December or January of each year. Those who already qualify for discounted dues can also sign up for auto renewal, but no additional discount is available.
No more invoices, no more nagging, no more worry. Save a tree and sign up for automatic renewal today.
Contact UMA if you have additional questions.
HIPAA Privacy & Security Regs for Physicians
Just when you thought professional regs couldn't get more complicated, more compliance requirements have appeared on the horizon. HIPAA privacy and security rules are now updated and revised. And by the federal government's own admission, the new rules are the most comprehensive set of changes in HIPAA since they were originally adopted.
All covered entities, including physicians who transmit or store potential health information, must be in compliance with these news rules by Sept. 23, 2013. In broad brush strokes, the changes address:
- Notice of privacy practices requirements.
- Disclosure of protected health information (PHI).
- Mandated policies and procedures.
- Business associate agreements.
- Enforcement and penalties.
UMA surveyed members to assess the need for assistance in complying with these new regulations. As a result, UMA has compiled a few local resources that are available to assist:
*(Recommended by one or more survey respondents. UMA has not vetted these sources)