Medicare could save millions of dollars if they had a way to hotline medicare abuse. I wish I could pick up the phone and report the physicians who keep patients in the hospital sucking up resources because the patient (or family member) doesn't want to go home. (No medical necessity).
Or the frequent flyer who repeatedly gets admitted for phony ailments, gets their PCA for days on end and then gets discharged with no med changes or new diagnosis.
Or the "pulmonologist" who doesn't wean the vents for days for no reason, because he gets more $$ for an ICU visit.
I could go on, but you get the point.
Until physicians get paid one lump sum per DRG like hospitals, nothing will change.
I think hospitals should deny priveledges to physicians who suck the life out of our hospitals.
Oct 14, '06
uhm...there *IS* a medicare fraud hotline.
However, unless you actually know it all - I'd be very careful about that. Obvious fraud should of course be reported.
Do you really think these folks actully get PAID? Sometimes they might - but I assure you - often times, they don't.
Last edit by gauge14iv on Oct 14, '06