Monday, January 27, 2014

One More Way ObamaCare May Increase Costs

This is from Doctor John Goodman commenting on a recent NYT article:
The health reform law encourages doctors to work for hospitals. But once they become employees, doctors are encouraged to admit more patients so the hospitals can bill Medicare for more money. This is happening everywhere, but here is an example from The New York Times:
Every day the scorecards went up, where they could be seen by all of the hospital’s emergency room doctors. Physicians hitting the target to admit at least half of the patients over 65 years old who entered the emergency department were color-coded green. The names of doctors who were close were yellow. Failing physicians were red.