#54584 Nov 25, 2013
Hospital costs are rising because CEOs overpaid:
If you are going to address the high cost of health care, start by completely altering the delivery system. There is a serious problem when you have people in your community with no health care. You have moms with sick children who cant afford to take their child to a hospital. We have people living in the streets of our communities while one health care system takes out millions of dollars to pay top salaries. And people wonder why health care costs have risen? When one CEO gives himself a 50 percent pay raise and earns multimillions, you wonder why health care costs have risen. Health care costs are rising because CEOs are paying themselves more and charging the public higher prices. Board members of health care corporations rubber-stamp everything because they were appointed to the board by the CEO. To control health care costs, start by changing the delivery system. Cap CEO pay. Limit boards to three years and boot them out. This is what reforms should address.
Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/2013/05/20/2551670...
#54585 Nov 25, 2013
55 more hospitals settle in kyphoplasty overpayment cases
Fifty-five hospitals announced settlements totaling $34 million in the long-running whistle-blower lawsuit that alleges that the maker of spinal-surgery equipment coached healthcare providers on ways to maximize revenue by overbilling Medicare.
More than 100 hospitals have now settled overpayment cases involving kyphoplasty, a surgical procedure in which an inflatable tube is used to create a cavity of air inside a compressed vertebra and then filled with cement to strengthen the bone. In many cases, kyphoplasty can be done on a same-day outpatient basis, but equipment-maker Kyphon is accused of encouraging hospitals to keep patients overnight to increase Medicare reimbursement.
Hospitals have now paid about $75 million in False Claims Act settlements to resolve the cases. In addition, Medtronic Spine, which acquired Kyphon in 2007 for $3.9 billion, paid $75 million the year after the acquisition to settle the allegations.
None of the hospitals, nor the makers of the devices, have admitted the wrongdoing alleged by two former Kyphon employees in a 2005 False Claims complaint.
The 55 hospital settlements announced Tuesday were drawn from 21 states, and included 23 hospitals owned by for-profit chain HCA that are paying a collective $7.1 million. Five hospitals operated by not-for-profit Trinity Health are paying $3.9 million.
The individual settlements ranged from $552,000 to more than $4 million. The largest single-hospital settlement announced Tuesday was for $4.2 million from Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Ohio. A full list of the hospitals that settled was posted on the U.S. Justice Department's website.
Damn that Obamacare for high insurance costs !!!!!!!!!
Take a peek here:
#54586 Nov 25, 2013
Revealing how irrelevant market forces are to the U.S. health care system, the Obama administration last week released data on how much hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures billed to Medicare. The numbers show the hospitals charge Medicare wildly varying amountsoften 10 to 20 times the amount Medicare actually reimbursesthat bear little relation to the actual costs of providing care. The database--which includes claims filed in fiscal year 2011--holds 163,065 individual charges made at 3,337 hospitals located in 306 metropolitan areas.
The worst overcharging hospital was Bayonne Medical Center in New Jersey, which charged the highest amounts for almost one-quarter of the treatments. Bayonne Medical typically charged $99,689 for treating a case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), 5.5 times more than other hospitals and 17.5 times more than Medicare paid in reimbursement. Neither Bayonne's costs nor its outcomes justified such a price premium. Even within the same metropolitan area, hospitals charge prices that differ enormously from one another, with Bayonne charging $155,769 for major joint replacement surgery, more than nine times the price at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx.
As Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, explains,Our purpose for posting this information is to shine a much stronger light on these practices. What drives some hospitals to have significantly higher charges than their geographic peers? I don't think anyone here has come up with a good economic argument.
As health care economists have long pointed out, the fact that most Americans have health care coverage that insulates them from health care costs means that price has little real meaning. Neither Medicare, nor Medicaid, nor private insurance actually pay the amounts listed on a hospital bill, instead using systems of standardized payments for treating specific conditions. Despite their unreality, hospital list prices help determine the level of those standardized payments, and in turn the level of insurance premiums paid by consumers.
Thanks Obama for the high cost of health insurance !!
#54587 Nov 25, 2013
Here's how hospitals mark up saline solution by 1,000%
Few things are more common in a hospital setting than a bag of saline solution, used to administer medicines via intravenous (IV) delivery. They cost hospitals $1 to $5. The price listed on a hospital bill is frequently more like $100 to $500.
The New York Times' Nina Bernstein followed several victims of a May 2012 case of food poisoning that took place in Carmel, N.Y.
According to the report, hospital charges for IV therapy ranged from $91 to $787, even in cases where the hospital billed separately for items like administering the IV and emergency room services.
At White Plains Hospital, for example, one patient's bill showed a $91 charge for a unit of saline solution that cost the hospital 86 cents, according to the Times. Another bill included $546 for six liters of saline that cost the same hospital $5.16.
Thanks Obama for raising the cost of healthcare !!!
#54589 Nov 26, 2013
Its the redistribution of your insanity that's at work here....a world where facts and the truth are just innocent bystanders waiting to get run over by an 18 wheeler driven by you and that ever lovin Jimmy D-mint.
#54590 Nov 26, 2013
Obamacare is a complete disaster. How can anyone defend this waste of money? With the cost affecting the poor negatively, it literally makes the poor, poorer
#54596 Nov 26, 2013
BHO nutjuice is the best. It is organic and free range.
#54598 Nov 26, 2013
your dripping lips should know
#54599 Nov 26, 2013
he's the president he can take as long as he wants too....just keep slurping up that glenn beck nut juice
#54600 Nov 26, 2013
Wanna sample some of this spooge via a kiss?
#54607 Nov 26, 2013
Corbett approaching single digit approval numbers/ratings.
A special shout out to the faux Republican con servative legislature who aided and abetted Tommy Boy with the Transportation bill.
Tommy Boy's ratings are so bad he is trailing an UN-NAMED Democratic opponent.
It shouldn't be funny and is sadder than Democratic control at this point.
#54608 Nov 26, 2013
President Obama, June 28, 2012:
First, if you're one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance
this law will only make it more secure and more affordable.
Smoke Filled BackRoom
#54609 Nov 26, 2013
White House web page, accessed Nov. 11, 2013:
If you like your plan you can keep it and you don't have to change a thing due to the health care law.
The President addressed concerns from Americans who have received letters of policy cancellations or changes from their insurance companies in an interview with NBC News, watch the video or read a transcript.
(Source: White House website.)
#54610 Nov 26, 2013
Obama Care will implode or take care of itself(implode). I am more worried about the con servatives in Pennsylvania and not California. I get gas weekly. I don't have to pay an insurance or doctor bill weekly.
The taxes I will have to pay in PA due to faux Republican con servatives will suck more money out of my pocket every time I get gas, renew my drivers license, registration, get a copy of any motor vehicle document, A lot of these cost will at least double. Even tickets which I cannot get fixed or not written like a politician will double in the cost of fines. State useless car inspections will increase.
Don't get distracted by national issues. States and municipalities will sneak in something worse.
A governor like Tommy Boy Corbett is destroying true conservatives in Pennsylvania and the tax and spend Democrats that will take his & the legislature's place will be far more troubling than Obama Care. Corbett can bring down the national congressional and senate candidates as well because many will vote one party across the board just to get Corbett and legislatures out.
#54611 Nov 26, 2013
Are trying to distract from Tom Corbett and the havoc he and the faux Republicans are raising in Pennsylvania? A troll? A shill? Hardline Republican who can't handle any criticism? I'm a conservative I can't wait to get the current crop of Republicans OUT.
#54612 Nov 26, 2013
Pennsylvania Republican legislatures and governor did what state Democrats could not.
Highest Gas Tax in the COUNTRY.
It's not 'may' it now IS.
Establishment politicians in any party can do a lot of damage.
Time for a third party or even a Democrat or Two in Pennsylvania.
#54613 Nov 27, 2013
Yeah, but you're the Grim Idiot...
#54614 Nov 27, 2013
Forgot all the fee increases in registration, licenses, copies of vehicle documents, state inspection, fines-if make a mistake driving you ticket will double in some case unlike the politicians who will get their ticket fixed or get a warning. Then with all that road construction you'll be sitting in traffic burning even more gas. THE HIGHEST GAS TAX IN THE COUNTRY.
The bozo politicians and parties in office for the last several decades should be sued for negligence, malfeasance and incompetence and use that money to pay for that oh so desperate road repairs.
#54615 Nov 27, 2013
White House offers food stamps,
to the nations poor
White House officials are trying to slam GOP efforts to cut food-stamp funding,
even as President Barack Obama told wealthy donors that he wont compromise on his ambitious,
government-fattening progressive policies that have failed to reverse the nations unemployment and poverty.
The food stamp program
is one of our nations strongest defenses against poverty and hunger,
Cecilia Muñoz, head of the White Houses Domestic Policy Council declared Tuesday.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/26/white-house...
#54616 Nov 27, 2013
I'm not for raising anyones taxes but Americans are getting hit with the biggest tax in history, Obamacare. So if you're against the gas tax (which I am) then I can assume that you're strongly against Obamacare. Either you are against tax increases or you're only against conservatives. Which is it?
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