Sharp Coronado Hospital CEO Marcia Hall swears the huge Medicare money bonuses they are getting isn't driving her or her staff to follow every one of Pres. Obama's health care reform requirements according to Coronado's Eagle & Journal.
She says the hospital just happens to be committed to treating the patient right and diligent about following those Affordable Care Act's 12 Quality of Care measures set forth for the fun of it. The medical professional admits that the hospital isn't going to say no to the extra money, of course.
And it certainly has paid off for the medical facility to tow the line, with Medicare paying this particular hospital a whopping 0.58 percent reimbursement rate increase as a result. How's that for a kickback for doing it the commander in chief's way?
Hall would have the public believe that this extra money isn't a motivator? Who really believes that? Certainly not Atlantic ACO, who thinks like Hall. In fact, they want to be just like her Coronado hospital, even going so far as to make a health care reform motivational video to prove it, and trying to get others to get on board with them in the effort. Warning: Graphic depiction of doctors goofing off on the medical premises and plotting how to lock patients out of the hospital is featured, along with money changing hands.
Regardless of which side of the health care reform aisle one sits, however, it seems to fly in the face of reason with the current economic deficit being faced to be paying hospitals more than is needed for services rendered. Why does the president think paying outlandish bonuses to doctors for Medicare services is warranted when they already make a lot of money? Didn't he say he was reforming health care? This isn't reform; this is taking money from taxpayers and putting it in the hands of their hospital doctors.
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