Thursday, September 15, 2011

Quick Links: Readmission, Coding, Salaries

The 9/9/2011 Washington Post reports, "New data show difficulties in controlling patient 'rebound' at care facilities".

Controlling unnecessary readmissions is supposed to be part of ObamaCare's big Medicare savings. But if the federal government can't achieve these savings in the government-run VA Hospital system, is there any reason to think this will happen in the rest of the country?

The 9/13/2011 Wall Street Journal discusses the medical coding craziness at, "Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Help Is on the Way".

This increases the bureaucratic burden on hospitals on doctors. Plus mis-coding is potentially a federal offense. The result will be even lower efficiency as providers spend more time on getting the paperwork right, and less time on patient care. (Via Martin B.)

Kevin Pho, MD, explains why, "Targeting physician salaries is a poor strategy for health care costs".