Hospitals question standards in pilot program

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 8, 2013 - 8:35 PM

A letter to federal officials seeks a better system to assess how well hospitals treat patients.

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RGMCDONMar. 8, 1311:28 PM

This approach to patient satisfaction is wrong, and will result in more resistant organism, and more narcotic addicts due to prescribers giving patients what the want rather then the medically correct decision. Please tell me why I am wrong.

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rampalincMar. 9, 1312:07 AM

Why can't we copy other developed countries none of which have an ACO. They compete on price, something that has been absent from American healthcare. What other services do we consume that we do not know the price for. Payment should be the same regardless of the patient being Medicare, United Health or cash paying - the overall cost to the hospital does not change!

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sarahanneMar. 9, 13 7:10 AM

I am sure that the new law will have to be modified to make it better. However, the hospitals themselves should not be determining its overall effectiveness. Especially after the Time article where hospitals bill patients for items at a price that far exceeded the cost.

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raceforMar. 9, 1310:14 AM

Read the Time magazine article. The American medical system has many weaknesses compared to other countries. The system will not correct itself because it is to profitable to change. Interesting that Medicare has a very low administrative cost when compared to non-profit institutions. Whether ACO's are the answer or not, changes must be made or health care costs will continue to rise at a higher rate than inflation. We can only afford to make changes and not continue with the same system.

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rampalincMar. 9, 1312:26 PM

US healthcare system works very well for everybody but the patient. If change were to occur then medical device companies would take a hit, physician salaries would take a hit, insurance company shareholders and thus pension plans would take a hit. This is the reason why change will never occur - there are too many competing interests that will never allow an overhaul. How come Canada can do it cheaper and have better outcomes.

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moremoretaxMar. 9, 13 2:06 PM

Remember that this is Obamas signature legislation and that Amy and Al were instrumental in ramming this disaster through. Here;s a tip for you deep thinkers, read and understand bills before you force them on to the people you represent. Anyone with any intelligence knew that this would be a disaster on so many levels. On another note, anyone hear how Amy and Al;s fight against the massive medical device tax that will result in massive job losses here in Minnesota go..... Clowns, the entire lot of fools who put this boondoggle together

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jmh5050Mar. 9, 13 2:46 PM

There are several problems with paying physicians based on outcomes. 1. The patient must to be compliant and willing to do what is recommended. Such as stop smoking, loose weight, take meds. I work in a large inner city hospital. Many people are not compliant with recommended treatment. The physician should not be penalized if the patient cannot or will not do the things necessary to get healthy and stay healthy. 2. Many patients have serious illnesses that need intensive and expensive care. Some of these patients will get better, some may not. Some may need very long term care or debilitated through no fault of their own or their physicians'. Not everything goes according to the textbook.

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flatstanleyMar. 9, 13 3:23 PM

moremoretax, you are overlooking two very key points. The first is that our current healthcare system is so FUBAR that Obamacare, even with all it's flaws, is still an improvement. The second is that Obamacare is modeled on a plan created by Republicans/Conservatives. Progressives have and continue to push for a single payer system. If you hate Obamacare then support single payer and make it a bipartisan issue. It's silly to complain about a less than perfect solution to a problem that you seemingly don't want fixed.

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moremoretaxMar. 9, 13 4:56 PM

flatstanley, That must be why people who can afford to leave socialized medicine in their country;s and come to America for treatment. Obamacare will lower the level of care we receive.

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