Medicare Billing Rises at Hospitals With Electronic Records

by Larry Emmott on September 27, 2012

in Health Care Politics,Paperless

A classic example of unintended consequences. The New York Times article linked below starts by stating that electronic health records were expected to lower the cost of healthcare…

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,

via Medicare Billing Rises at Hospitals With Electronic Records – NYTimes.com.

The article speculates that physicians may be charging for things they are not really doing. In other words criminal fraud, very serious charges that impugn the entire medical healthcare community. However if you read the whole article they offer no evidence of actual fraud, just speculation.

This article  below from Via Media analyses the NYT data and comes to a different conclusion. Doctors are not crooks the system is broken.

It’s clear that electronic medical records are a vital component of the health care system of the future, but it’s also clear that government bureaucrats and congressional law-drafters aren’t very good at avoiding unintended consequences. Without some kind of system that gives health care consumers incentives to fight for cost control, efforts by powerful health care interests to game and manipulate government regulations are likely to continue to produce counterproductive results. The Affordable Care Act has increased, not diminished, the nation’s need for comprehensive health care reform.

via Failed Health Care Reforms Drive Massive Cost Increases | Via Meadia.

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