Over the past 20 years, hospitals and doctors have learned there’s great profit in upcoding visits.
Tens of thousands of times a year, hospitals charge enormously expensive trauma alert fees for injuries so minor the patient is never admitted.
Federal officials are proposing new regulations that for the first time could allow patients to compare prices charged by various hospitals and other health care providers using data sent to their smartphones.
May 21, 2009 -- Our healthcare system is morbidly obese. We outspend by at least two-to-one every other comparable country and still manage to underperform. The industry’s latest promise to trim an amount equal to less than 10% of current annual spending each year for the next ten years barely nudges that ratio. Our system serves as the world’s model for what not to do.