Healthcare providers are actively reducing costs in reaction to changes brought by healthcare reform, according to a survey from Provista, an Irving, Tx.-based supply chain improvement company.
The nationwide survey of 359 administrators, directors and office managers in ambulatory surgical centers (ASC), cancer centers, home health agencies and physician practices found the majority of organizations, nearly 70 percent of respondents, are cutting costs ahead of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other initiatives on the horizon.
Of the organizations surveyed, the majority of ASCs and cancer centers are most confident in their ability to adapt to industry changes brought by reform, however, physician practices and home health agencies are less so. All organizations surveyed cite declining reimbursements as their primary challenge but are taking different steps to adapt ranging from partnerships and collaborative care models to diversifying services. While many providers are holding off purchasing in some categories, investments in computers and software remain strong.
Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
A phishing scam at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. has potentially exposed the personal data of 13,000 patients, according to a privacy statement from the patient care organization and a report from MassLive.
In an update, DirectTrust reported significant growth in Direct exchange of health information and the number of trusted Direct addressed enabled to share personal health information (PHI) in the third quarter of 2016.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.