New Medicare policy - what do you think?

A colleague of mine posted this in the Patient Advocacy discussion this morning... what do you think? -- Joyce

I attended a program on medicare reimbursement. This doesn't affect my practice directly, but I thought you'd be interested in another cut back in Medicare. They're not going to cover treatment related to "preventable" injuries, like instruments left in after surgery, infections around surgery sites, patient falls. The idea is to shift back to the hospital. Of course this could leave the patient without the means to pay...until he hires an attorney to sue the hospital and wades through 2 years of litigation, if he can find an attorney to take a medical malpractice case. This probably won't make the news, but mayt lead to a subsequent spike in medical malpractice cases.

So it goes...

John
Oakland, CA

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