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The Often-Unexamined Costs Of Healthcare

by Marie Cooper

I have been in senior executive management in both managed care and a major hospital system. I find the hysteria over “reform” bitterly amusing because it is so misdirected.

The real problem with health care in America? Greed, indifference and incompetence, pure and simple. But not in the places everyone is pointing.

Insurer side

Insurance companies have to maximize their revenue because they answer to their boards. They are in no rush to fix claims systems that make copious errors and delay payments to providers. There are hundreds of claims processing software programs out there. Some are acceptable, some are useless. None are really good or efficient. And there is the human error factor. A careless mistake by an apathetic claims processor can create payment problems that could literally last for years. Read more »

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