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11 Million Patients May be Affected in HCA Data Theft

An unauthorized party stole patient data from Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and posted it to an online forum. The healthcare giant says that the data was taken from an external storage location used to automate email formatting, according to a July 10 HCA Healthcare news release provided to Becker’s.

CMS Pitches Physician Payment Rule for 2024: 8 Things to Know

CMS released its annual proposed changes to the physician fee schedule for 2024 on July 13, which includes a $1.14 (3.34 percent) conversion factor decrease from 2023. Seven more things to know: 1. The proposed physician fee schedule conversion factor for 2024 is $32.75, down from $33.89 in 2023.

AMA Declares Payment Reform an ‘Urgent’ Priority

During focused committee discussions, some delegates pushed back on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) plan to improve physician pay, arguing that the association’s current efforts are not enough. Speaking to a packed room at the AMA House of Delegates Meeting, Virginia Hall, MD, a delegate for the Senior Physicians Section, called on the AMA to advocate more strongly for “fair reimbursement” under Medicare.

Cyberattacks a Problem for Nearby EDs, Too

Authors call for “coordinated regional surge planning” similar to natural disasters. A ransomware attack at one healthcare system had a significant impact on two neighboring emergency departments (EDs) that weren’t targeted in the attack, researchers found. Daily mean ED volume rose 15.1% at the two facilities, from 218.4 in the pre-attack period to 251.4 in the attack period (P<0.001), Christian Dameff, MD, MS, of the University of California San Diego, and colleagues reported in JAMA Network Open.

New Payer Requirement: Mississippi Medicaid Announces New Process for Reconsideration of Paper and Electronic Claims

Mississippi Medicaid has announced a new process for reconsideration of paper and electronic claims, effective Monday, December 12, 2022. The process for reconsideration of claims has changed with the transfer of fiscal agent operations from Conduent to Gainwell Technologies which took effect October, 3, 2022. Denied claims should be submitted as new day claims with […]