CMS states that 49 counties in the country may not have an insurer for Ocare next year. Another 40% of the countries counties will have only one insurer. Top
In a massive waste of money the VA is planning on spending $16 Billion on their new EHR from Cerner. The Congress will have to fund this boondoggle. They now want $200 million to start the project.
Humana has cried uncle. They are out of the Ocare individual market next year no matter what. They had over 100,000 insureds in 11 states. This follows the United and Aetna pullouts.
Summa Health went from expecting to have a surplus of $30 million to a deficit of $60 million. This was due to a loss of patients. The reason for the decrease of patients is unknown but they have had a ton of unfavorable publicity for both running roughshod over physicians to treating patients poorly. They are laying off 300 positions but 150 of those are already vacant.
Thomas Memorial Hospital in West Virginia is planning on charging a co-pay to those people who come to the ED for routine care. Patients will first be advised of the charge and where they might receive care before the payments would be collected.
Sri Lanka physicians love socialized medicine or at least their bosses do. The public hospitals were shut down so the physicians could picket a new private medical university. The new university is training medical students and could ruin the free care now on the island. The Sri Lanka government is not giving medical licenses to the private students that graduated. This happened in the past and it was resolved by the government purchasing the private university which cid nothing to the quality. Top
The chair of the department of family practice at University of Illinois at Peoria says that the graduates have absolutely no interest in the private practice of medicine. They all want to be employees. This mimics the AMA stats that under 50% of the physicians in the country are in private practice and that percentage continues to decrease.
Jaroslaw Pondo, MD, was removed from his medical staff at HackensackUMC for falling asleep and not seeing a patient transferred to the hospital on his direction. He then compounded the problem by forging the medical record. The New Jersey Board reprimanded him , fined him $3500 and ordered him to take a medical ethics and medical record coarse. Top
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