The medical profession is increasingly worried that it’s losing control of the data it collects on the people who seek medical care.
The Affordable Care Act, which went into effect in 2014, mandated that all health care providers report data about their patients and patients’ care to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
This new data, which was supposed to help doctors, hospitals, and other providers better predict what a patient will have and what they need, has been a source of contention between the medical profession and the federal government.
Some doctors have accused the Obama administration of trying to shut down the data, while others have been critical of how the data is used.
One thing that has remained constant over the past few years, though, is the increasing reliance of the medical community on the federal data.
While doctors and hospitals have reported that they have collected a lot of data on their patients, they haven’t shared how much data they’ve collected.
According to the American College of Surgeons, which represents medical schools, the total number of patient care visits has increased by 2.3 million over the last five years.
But the number of data points that are available to researchers has been shrinking over the same period.
While there is no standard definition of “care visit,” most studies estimate that about 70 percent of medical visits are recorded by patients.
Researchers from Duke University and Columbia University, for instance, have found that, while nearly half of the patients who get their first appointment are covered by Medicare, fewer than one in five patients get coverage after that.
And, in fact, a recent survey found that fewer than two in 10 doctors who receive their first Medicare appointment have a record of having seen a patient in the hospital.
“I think that it has become increasingly apparent that the data on health care is becoming less and less available,” said Dr. Mark Bresnahan, chief of the division of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
“We have a real shortage of physicians in this country who can do that.”
Doctors and hospitals need to understand that they are losing a significant amount of data when they collect that data, he said.
“They can’t really go and do a study of it, and then say, ‘Hey, this is the data that we collected.’
That’s just not how data is collected.”
In response to this problem, many healthcare organizations have launched efforts to make data more accessible to researchers.
For instance, the American Medical Association and the American Board of Internal Medicine recently launched a joint initiative called “The Patient Data Collection Initiative.”
The initiative is designed to make health data more easily accessible, allowing researchers to view more information about the patients they’re studying, and to provide greater data sharing between healthcare organizations and providers.
“It’s a good thing that the American Hospital Association is participating, because that’s the industry that’s going to be most affected,” said Robert Hays, vice president of public policy and research at the American Academy of Family Physicians.
“But I don’t think it’s a problem if the hospital has no data.
The American Medical Information Association has been doing a great job of helping with that, but it’s been a long time since we’ve been able to get data in a way that’s comparable to the Medicare data.”
The AMA, which works to improve access to health care for patients, is also trying to address the growing problem of data loss.
“The American Hospital Assn.
and the AMA are currently working to create a common data format for hospitals and providers to use to collect and share information about their patient populations,” the association said in a statement.
The AMA’s position is that it is important for hospitals to collect as much data as possible, and that a common format is needed to facilitate that.
The association has been working with the American Cancer Society and other organizations to develop the Data Collection Form.
While this format is in its early stages, it could help the association collect more data in the future.
“Data is so important, especially with the advent of mobile phones and other technologies, that I think that the association has to develop something to facilitate the collection of this data,” said Hays.
“This could help us to get to a point where we can be more effective in tracking patients, better understand the risks and better inform physicians.”
This data sharing could also have a ripple effect.
“What I think is going to come out of this is that this is going up the supply chain, and hospitals are going to realize they’re going to have to do more with less,” said Bresman.
“And I think they’re actually going to make a lot more money from this.”
This article was updated on May 22 to clarify that a group of researchers from Duke, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins are now working on a joint project to build a common form of data.