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Obama’s Electronic Medical Records Scam

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Here’s more evidence that government “cures” are inevitably worse than the “diseases” they seek to wipe out. Buried in the trillion-dollar stimulus law of 2009 was an electronic medical records “incentive” program. Like most of President Obama’s health care rules, this top-down electronic record-sharing scheme is a big fat bust.

Oversight is lax. Cronyism is rife. The job-killing and privacy-undermining consequences have only just begun.

The program was originally sold as a cost-saving measure. In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health care providers have already made the change. But as with many government “incentive” programs, the EMR bribe is a tax-subsidized, one-size-fits-all mandate. This one pressures health care professionals and hospitals across the country into radically federalizing their patient data and opening up medical information to untold abuse. Penalties kick in for any provider that hasn’t switched over by 2014.

So, what’s it to you? Well, $4 billion has already gone out to 82,535 professionals and 1,474 hospitals, and a total of $6 billion will be doled out by 2016. But the feds’ reckless profligacy, neglect and favoritism have done more harm than good.

Don’t take my word for it. A recent report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General acknowledged that the incentive system is “vulnerable to paying incentives to professionals and hospitals that do not fully meet” the program’s quality assurance requirements. The federal health bureaucracy “has not implemented strong prepayment safeguards, and its ability to safeguard incentive payments postpayment is also limited,” the IG concluded.

Translation: No one is actually verifying whether the transition from paper to electronic is improving patient outcomes and health services. No one is actually guarding against GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). No one is checking whether recipients of the EMR incentives are receiving money redundantly (e.g., raking in payments when they’ve already converted to electronic records). No one is actually protecting private data from fraud, abuse or exploitation.

Little is being done to recoup ill-gotten payments. In any case, such “pay and chase” policing after the fact is a crummy way to run government in lean times — or in fat times, for that matter.

As for the claim that the EMR conversion will reduce paperwork, many doctors say the reality is just the opposite. In Greensboro, N.C., Dr.
Richard Aronson told local TV station FOX 8 that the mandate doubled the amount of paperwork in his private practice. Everyone from optometrists to general practitioners to chiropractors to podiatrists must divert precious time and resources to conforming with Washington health bureaucrats’ imposed vision. Some medical professionals are now warning that the dangerous phenomenon of “distracted doctoring” is on the rise as a result of data-driven imperatives that direct health care providers’ attention away from their patients and onto their screens and hand-held devices.

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  1. Jerry Manderin

    December 16th, 2012

    Awesome. Can’t wait until the next Obama voter goes in for a physical. They’re gonna get more than a finger up the ass. They’re gonna get a whole arm.

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  2. RightWinger

    December 16th, 2012

    You’re going to see ID theft go to a whole new level here. As having just lived through this nightmare myself, thanks to an employee of a BANK OF the united states of AMERICA giving my info out the back door, I truly feel sorry for the people that are going to get f—ed over in the name of Obummercare.

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  3. MADJACK

    December 16th, 2012

    The progressive/liberal/left’s plan to euthanize America.

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  4. AvgDude

    December 16th, 2012

    At my job, we’ve made an interesting discovery about EMR applications. When giving the multiple options for the same procedure to be billed, the highest costing version of the procedure always sorts to the top of the list. This has caused for Medicare and Medicaid to be billed more than ever before. The EMR is the cause.

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  5. Anonymous

    December 16th, 2012

    Has Obama done anything that isn’t more expensive, less effective or otherwise detrimental to the USA ?

    Seriously.

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  6. Edith McCrotch

    December 16th, 2012

    Betcha most of those ill-gotten payments are in unionized states.

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