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Iwould like to see bi­ogra­phies on each of the re­gional di­rec­tors (“New HHS re­gional di­rec­tors named,” ModernHealth­care.com, April 7). I hope they have a wide range of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge, such as un­der­stand­ing ba­sic claims pay­ment to cor­rect cod­ing, which in­cludes Cur­rent Pro­ce­dural Ter­mi­nol­ogy, ICD-9 and soon to be ICD-10 rev­enue codes, as well as un­der­stand­ing physi­cians and health plans and not just run­ning a hos­pi­tal sys­tem. Part of our prob­lem is we con­tinue to pick peo­ple who do not have an all-around knowl­edge of the to­tal health­care de­liv­ery sys­tem in Amer­ica.

Donna Baker-Miller Health­care con­sul­tant

Phoenix who are of­ten­times cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­coun­tants with their own pro­fes­sional obli­ga­tions) to pros­e­cu­tion, fines and po­ten­tially jail time.

It is un­for­tu­nate that Neil McLaugh­lin (“Con­demned to re­peat it,” Ed­i­to­rial, April 19, p. 22) char­ac­ter­ized ex­ec­u­tives of pub­lic com­pa­nies, who by and large dispatch their du­ties with ut­most care, as hav­ing some ul­te­rior mo­tive with these ac­count­ing charges and even smil­ing while their com­pa­nies rec­og­nize these charges.

It is even more un­for­tu­nate that McLaugh­lin must ex­tend his opin­ion to the com­pen­sa­tion these ex­ec­u­tives earn for the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties they serve. Sug­gest­ing that they have any mo­ti­va­tion be­yond in­tegrity and eth­i­cal lead­er­ship is un­for­tu­nate and is sen­sa­tional and ir­re­spon­si­ble jour­nal­ism.

Breht Feigh Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Amer­i­can Den­tal Part­ners

Wake­field, Mass.

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