Friday, January 4, 2013

More harm to doctors and patients


More harm to doctors and patients


The federal government is tying hospital payments to the results of patient satisfaction surveys. This can actually be quite bad for patients.

It turns out that there is no evidence that patients actually do better in the long run if they answer a survey and state that they were happy with the care they received. Of course, most people don't complete such surveys, especially when they feel sick.

But the federal government can use these dubious survey data to justify paying hospitals less. And hospitals might even use the results to pay doctors who work at the hospital less money.

Read this excellent piece from Forbes magazine writer   
Kai Falkenberg.
Form your own opinion and leave a comment.

I think this is one more example of harm from Federal rules and regulations. 
The electronic medical record is one of many others. 
Consumers should be in charge of their healthcare decisions not the government.
Here are two websites to learn more:

Daniel Weiss MD CDE FACP PNS CPI

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