August 22nd, 2007

Dead Dog Cat

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Last night, I delved into Netflix a bit more, since we've been offtrack since my father's demise. I finished the first disk of season seven of ST:TNG, which is again a two-parter. Yawn some more.

Then, I wasted half an hour watching the beginning of the live-action movie, The Flintstones, which had a few amusing moments in it, but the script...well, it sucked. It was too predictable, and was really irritating. So, I deep-sixed the thing, well before the expected completion of the film. Back to Netflix with it. I scored it a one star out of five on the Netflix website.
Dead Dog Cat

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I've read about an upcoming change in Medicare's reimbursement. It turns out that the Federal government has discovered a new way to stick it to the hospitals! Starting soon, if a patient has a problem that was caused by someone's error, Medicare and Medicaid will no longer pay for their treatment. So, if a patient gets a skin breakdown from not being turned, even though the treatment will cost thousands of dollars, you won't get those dollars from the Feds. They announced that with pride, even. So, I have to wonder, who IS going to pay? In the end, the answer is "the patients", because Medicare won't pay anymore. But Medicare's view is that the hospitals will pay. Since most hospitals that I know of are barely managing to keep in the black, this should lead to many hospital closures, which used to be the goal, back in the Clinton era, to keep costs down. I think that their spin is that they are trying to make hospitals cut down on errors; in my experience, human beings make mistakes all the time. I catch errors on at least some of my patients on an almost daily basis. 'Course, I guess the point there is that I caught them, but sometimes I catch 'em too late to implement a solution.

All in all, I find myself appalled at this change. But the Federal government calls the shots; you watch, the health insurance companies will fall in line quickly. It just feels like another step towards forcing socialized medicine in the US...