The days of doctors in individual practice are largely gone. As recently as the 1970s, it was not unusual to find health care providers in their own offices. Since then, the country has seen seismic shifts in the business model for how medical treatment is delivered. And the changes show little sign of letting up.
Would-be controls sought to be applied to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs underscore the growing degree of regulatory scrutiny being faced by medical actors across the country.
The so-called "Internet of things" (IoT) has been an oft-used phrase in media reports and stories over the past several years. For readers of our New York health care blog at Daniels, Porco & Lusardi, LLP, who might not know much about that concept, it quite simply refers to a device that can be connected to the Internet.
Health care facilities should be concerned about regulatory compliance matters for the sake of their future business operations. If violations are found, a facility might lose its accreditation and/or right to lawfully operate.
A doctor who makes it a point to speak to medical student groups and at health-care forums says that she always seeks to underscore for her audience that, "Wow, this is how it happens."
In the realm of federal oversight over marketplace drug approval, do officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration act so cautiously that they dangerously slow up the process and materially delay the marketplace entrance of new drugs and medications that many consumers badly need?
"Within the health care arena, every legal matter comes with layers of regulatory and compliance issues that must be addressed."
Commentators from across a broad gamut of the American medical industry sometimes note the collective view of actors within that realm that their chosen field -- medical care and delivery -- is under siege.
While, thankfully, reports of kidnappings and hostage takings are extremely rare on U.S. soil, U.S. companies and governmental entities are increasingly becoming targets of extortion cyber attacks called rasomware attacks. Using encryption viruses that are often disguised as email links or attachments, would-be thieves are able to access "compromised computer files" and essentially hold them ransom. In cases where a company fails to pay a Bitcoin ransom, the thieves threaten to delete all of the affected files.
For individuals who are age 65 and older or who are permanently disabled, Medicare provides vital health insurance coverage to help pay for doctor visits, medical procedures, hospital stays, physical therapy, prescription drugs and medical equipment. According to The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, during 2014, Medicare spending totaled $597 billion and accounted for 14 percent of the federal government’s total budget. Additionally, during 2013, Medicare spending accounted for “22 percent of national health spending, 26 percent of spending on hospital care, and 22 percent of spending on physician services.”