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SUNDAY, SEP 23, 2012  |  15 comments
Medicare Bills Rise as Records Turn Electronic
When the federal government began providing billions of dollars in incentives to push hospitals and physicians to use electronic medical and billing records, the goal was not only to improve efficiency and patient safety, but also to reduce health care costs.

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, whether or not they provide additional care.

Hospitals received $1 billion more in Medicare reimbursements in 2010 than they did five years earlier, at least in part by changing the billing codes they assign to patients in emergency rooms, according to a New York Times analysis of Medicare data from the American Hospital Directory. Regulators say physicians have changed the way they bill for office ...

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News Item9/27/12 9:27 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Jim Lincoln wrote:
You know what the Republicans said in the Gilded Age -- vote the way you shot! Hmm, that would mean I would have to take out a lot of Dixicans.
Really there is no doubt our friend Mr. Jim is a liberal democrat, in fact if you do the research (looking at past posts) the only one who is deceived into thinking that Jim is an independent...would be Jim from Lincoln, Nebraska

News Item9/27/12 6:14 PM
KJB Believer  Find all comments by KJB Believer
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Romney by the way would support the "Real KJV of 1611" not the heretical one of 1769.
Yes Jim but he will not believe it, there is a difference between believing the KJB and just useing it.

News Item9/27/12 2:58 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Well, if you wanted to really insult me, Mike you should have compared me to the "Dynamic Duo," Roman Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses. Romney by the way would support the "Real KJV of 1611" not the heretical one of 1769. Read The Truth About KJV Only...Agendas. One good reason to not even to consider Romney.

So, you have to be explicit. You know what the Republicans said in the Gilded Age -- vote the way you shot! Hmm, that would mean I would have to take out a lot of Dixicans.


News Item9/27/12 2:36 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
If you're a left or right extremist you'll love the KJV because it's language has been so muddied by time.
Is that your version of a Joe Bidenism ?

News Item9/27/12 2:27 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Ah, why do you think I just started using the NASB? I use it or any good modern Bible, because:

1 Corinthians 14
11 If then I do not know the meaning of the language, I shall be to the one who speaks a barbarian, and the one who (g) speaks will be a barbarian to me.---NASB

But you bring up a good point of why not to use the AV, since it carries to much baggage with it, The Truth About KJV Only...Agendas.

If you're a left or right extremist you'll love the KJV because it's language has been so muddied by time.

I will say this, I would not be so hard on the Republicans, if they made to a sincere effort to clean up The Record of Republican Corruption If they established procedures and laws to at least to keep their old ways from happening again, then I could think much more kindly towards them.

Health Insurance Coverage for 50-to64-Year-Olds--Access drops....


News Item9/26/12 10:15 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Jim need to check article 1 section 8 of the constitution and the second amendment, military not a socialist idea.

Also, it is lack of a Laissez-faire policy that makes health insurance high. In other words government regulations


News Item9/25/12 2:47 PM
phial glassbottle | sili cates  Find all comments by phial glassbottle
Jim Lincoln wrote:
I really don't care if you call it Socialism or not, the military is a "socialist," idea

I see why you must use the NASB now.

"SOCIALISM: - A theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole." (Dict)

MILITARY: - Defense of nation and its national concerns, allies and convictions of security. Protection of nation. Organised, trained and prepared personnel used by 'the nation' to maintain and establish further its security, protection and borders where seen to be relevant to internal peace for said people.

The soldier is one of the oldest professions in history and begun life with 'kings' 'Lords' etc seeking to protect them and what belonged to them. Long before the daft idea of socialism was encouraged to grow amongst uppity peasants who dared to think of themselves as equal.


News Item9/25/12 2:00 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I really don't care if you call it Socialism or not, the military is a "socialist," idea. This country found out that paid militias are rather abhorrent. I'm not sure those places that have had private jails are finding them satisfactory either, in carrying out the state's responsibilities.

You forget the Populist movement was started in the Plains states, Nebraska was important in it. For the excesses of the Gilded Age. No, we support what works and farmers for example never had any problem having government help, especially family farmers, You really should listen to, Mike Lofgren -- Independent. It's around 12 minutes long.

It may even take less laws, it might even mean going back to some old ones, q.v., Paul Ryan: ‘I Agree’ We Need To Reinstate Glass-Steagall. Apparently there needs to be a way to make sure the law enforcement agencies aren't in bed with the ones who are likely to breaking the law and lining their own pockets.

Anyway, it has been shown the Republican idea of letting plutocracy line their own pockets, is going to be stopped.


News Item9/25/12 1:29 PM
Russ | Texas  Find all comments by Russ
Mike don't bother Jim with the little details. Ignorance is bliss!
It much easier to never answer any critic head on and instead try to turn the discussion to unrelated matters, right Jim?

News Item9/24/12 2:17 PM
Mike | Nerw York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
The ingenious ways of lassie-faire capitalists are always evolving. This is a very real danger of the "fox guarding the hen-house" approach of Republicans.
Or, we might look at what is actually going on. It is the Democrat socialists who are ever seeking new ways to inject themselves into the American bloodstream. Obamacare is a Democrat fox.

News Item9/24/12 1:50 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
No, not really as I pointed out one should get a copy of their medicare bills in either printed or electronic form, and go over them. My brother did that for my mother's --before even better computer filing took place-- and found errors that way.

The ingenious ways of lassie-faire capitalists are always evolving. This is a very real danger of the "fox guarding the hen-house" approach of Republicans. Ah, and always a good reminder, ‘Evil’ lobbyist Jack Abramoff talk US politics (short YouTube).

1 Corinthians 6
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,
10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.---NASB

While the first verse can usually be applied to Democrats and the second verse applied to Republicans, usually--our politicians are becoming very ecumenical in their types of sinning.


News Item9/24/12 10:12 AM
Russ | Texas  Find all comments by Russ
Mike those were some astute observations. I think you may be onto something here. Jim what do you think as an Obama care advocate?

News Item9/23/12 6:14 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
This stuff is for the conspiracy-minded. Consider

1. It's the New York Times. They like Obama, and Obamacare. They did the analysis.

2. There are three Hospitals mentioned by name: St Lukes Healthcare, Baptist Hospital, and Methodist Medical Center. It's the religious connected hospitals giving the healthcare mandate a headache.

3. The only States specifically mentioned as having ER doctors whose claims were paid in error were Texas and Oklahoma. Red States.

4. One doctor who favors the electronic records was pointed out as having been in the Bush administration, and he even (horrors)invests in health care companies. No former occupations, or investments, of the critics was given.

5. "Some critics say.... They say there is too little federal oversight of electronic records."

Hmmm. "They" wouldn't be supporters of Obama/Obamacare/government control of healthcare, would they?

6. "But others place much of the blame on the federal government for not providing more guidance."

Federal "oversight" and "guidance"

It's a good thing I'm not a conspiracy guy, or I might think the NY Times a Democrat rag deliberately attempting to promote distrust of private healthcare and the doctors within, laying groundwork for more government..uh..guidance.


News Item9/23/12 4:57 PM
rich madison | Joliet, Il  Find all comments by rich madison
Could the reimbursements have gone up because the numbers of medicare patients.have increased?

News Item9/23/12 3:09 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
One way to stop this problem is to double-check the bills and make sure the government is getting bilked, even if you aren't paying anything. You'll generally get a copy of the bills.

By the way, only slightly related, and you should be able to read the whole article from the WSJ, but still of major importance, How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us Some ideas other than the one of just staying out of them.

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