Quality of care
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