Data breach at physician staffing firm EmCare hits 31K patients

Dive Brief: Physician staffing company EmCare has acknowledged that hackers gained access to data on about 31,000 patients, as well as about 30,000 of its employees and contractors. The company began sending notifications to those affected on Friday. Plantation, Florida-based EmCare found out about the issue after discovering that an “unauthorized third party obtained access” to… Read More »

CMS proposes to pay for transformative IT

To address disparities between urban and rural hospitals, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing to increase the wage index of low wage index hospitals, such as those in rural areas. WHY IT MATTERS The proposed rule would update Medicare payment policies for hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-Term… Read More »