Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

Feds are investigating 1,900 cases where stimulus money was misspent, wasted or defrauded.

90% of a California doctor’s patients are Albanian – not.

Nearly $1 billion in Medicare payments to hospitals over the next year will be based in part on making patients happy.

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  1. Jimmy says:

    There is no surprise that there are 1900 cases of “potential” misspent money. Honestly, Im surprised there are not more cases.

  2. Bob says:

    Race can contribute to medical history, and predict possible illness. Such as blood pressure, heart problems, the span of ones life.

  3. Linda Gorman says:

    Ah, yes. The patient survey. Like the ones that always give high marks to the government run systems with big waiting lists because only 4% of people need really advanced care at any one time so over 90% are always happy with the lousy system.

    Given that you don’t know what your treatment in the hospital should have been like or whether you could have been treated better, are you happy? Probably as destructive as the teaching surveys in college.

    Wonder what kind of polling is done of people who die in hospital because care of them is judged “futile,” of those who are in hospital but they starve to death or are put on the Liverpool Care Pathway (in the UK), and those who just can’t get into the hospital because they’re on waiting lists or just being “observed” in order to avoid Medicare penalties on readmissions?

    Soma anyone?

  4. August says:

    Yes, fraud and waste occurred, but the benefits far outweighed the cost.

    http://www.igmchicago.org/igm-economic-experts-panel/poll-results?SurveyID=SV_cw5O9LNJL1oz4Xi

  5. Charlotte Spencer says:

    According to the first link, the Recovery Board stated that “the total amount of money lost to fraud from the $840 billion stimulus program was a miniscule $11.1 million so far”…really? miniscule? as in $11 million that could have been invested toward other projects? or perhaps toward offering better care to seniors? or maybe invest it in health plans for the less fortunate families and stop taking away from well-off families? Mind blowing.

  6. Robert says:

    Fraud and waste are as inevitable as death and taxes.

  7. seyyed says:

    hahaha the link about Albanian patients is funny! if you’ve taken the time to convert your records electronically at least take advantage of that fact and get accurate information about your patients!

  8. Alex says:

    That second headline is pretty funny actually.

  9. Jordan says:

    Race isn’t a contributing factor? Is he also one of those California doctors that will distribute a medical marijuana license for a nominal fee?
    Sigh.