Texas hospice data breach impacts 800-plus; Arizona law prohibits denial of telehealth coverage;

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> New Braunfels, Texas-based Hope Hospice recently notified more than 800 patients about a potential security breach after finding an employee had emailed a report of recent referral and admission activity to themselves via an unsecured channel on Dec. 27, 2012 and Feb. 22, 2013, Healthcare Informatics reports. The potential breach was discovered during an internal compliance audit on Feb. 25. Article

> A law in Arizona encourages the use of telemedicine, according to the Arizona Daily Star. The measure, which was signed into law earlier this month, prohibits health insurers from denying payment for medical services solely because they are provided through telemedicine. Article

Health Finance News

> One of the most populous states in the U.S. is close to passing on expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Health News Florida has reported. The Florida House of Representatives voted mostly along party lines late last week to support a state-run plan that would enroll only 115,000 low-income residents--mostly disabled adults and parents of children--into the Medicaid program, primarily through high-deductible health plans. Article

> A new survey by global consulting giant KPMG concludes that healthcare executives are bullish about momentum building around mergers and acquisitions. According to KPMG, 60 percent of the healthcare executives it recently polled said they plan to make more deals in 2013 than in 2012. Many of the deals are expected to be mid-market sized or smaller (generally $250 million or less), with easy financing and fewer obstacles than in larger transactions among the leading drivers, according to the poll. Article

Provider News

> With physician demand at a fever pitch, medical practices are offering more competitive salaries and attractive benefits to recruit new doctors. In terms of compensation alone, primary care physicians took in a median of $180,000 in first-year guaranteed compensation in 2012, up from $175,000 in 2011, according to the Medical Group Management Association's Physician Placement Starting Salary Survey: 2013 Report Based on 2012 Data. Article

And Finally... A carnival game that's rigged? Who would have thought? Article


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