Qual­ity of care

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

In our am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter, we have done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to re­duce cost with­out com­pro­mis­ing qual­ity of care (“In­sur­ers to halt can­cel­la­tions, AHIP says,” Mod­ern Health­care.com, April 29). For the past two years Medi­care has been sup­ple­ment­ing pri­vate pay­ers to off­set their in­ad­e­qua­cies; this is not sat­is­fac­tory or a sus­tain­able busi­ness model. There is even a trend to un­der­bid Medi­care with pri­vate Medi­care Ad­van­tage pro­grams that is very dis­turb­ing. Our cen­ter does not want to treat pa­tients out of net­work be­cause it costs in­surance com­pa­nies and the pa­tient more.

I un­der­stand that in years past health­care did strain the in­surance in­dus­try with higher than rea­son­able charges that were be­ing re­im­bursed. The pen­du­lum has now swung so far in the other di­rec­tion that it has be­come dif­fi­cult to pro­vide a high qual­ity of care at the cur­rent re­im­burse­ment rates that our cen­ter is re­ceiv­ing. There is a feel­ing of un­cer­tainty with the fu­ture of health­care, but we still have to pro­vide qual­ity health­care in the in­terim.

Linda Bed­well Reg­is­tered nurse Bran­don (Fla.) Am­bu­la­tory Surgery Cen­ter

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.