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Medicare Bills Rise as Records Turn Electronic

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posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 03:53 PM
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Medicare Bills Rise as Records Turn Electronic

Well we were told that the move to electronic records would reduce costs and help efficiency.

We were told that government money "incentives" would make all that happen.

Well guess what.......


When the federal government began providing billions of dollars in incentives to push hospitals and physicians to use electronic medical and billing records, the goal was not only to improve efficiency and patient safety, but also to reduce health care costs.

But, in reality, the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care.

Hospitals received $1 billion more in Medicare reimbursements in 2010 than they did five years earlier, at least in part by changing the billing codes they assign to patients in emergency rooms, according to a New York Times analysis of Medicare data from the American Hospital Directory. Regulators say physicians have changed the way they bill for office visits similarly, increasing their payments by billions of dollars as well.......
Who is getting rich this time?

Another Boondogle ??

We've been had (again)





posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 03:58 PM
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This is a perfect example of why capitalism and medical care don't mix well. People will always find ways to cheat the system if it means they earn more money.

A single payer system is much more efficient than what we have today.



posted on Sep, 22 2012 @ 04:01 PM
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Originally posted by drwizardphd
This is a perfect example of why capitalism and medical care don't mix well. People will always find ways to cheat the system if it means they earn more money.

A single payer system is much more efficient than what we have today.


I thought Medicare was a single payer system.

But they do use contractors.



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