Free care is the an­swer

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

So let me get this straight: The CMS pro­poses cut­ting re­im­burse­ment to skilled-nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties for treat­ing pa­tients (“Rip­ple ef­fect,” July 25, p. 14), and the CMS won’t re­im­burse hos­pi­tals for read­mits within 30 days (be­cause they ought to be get­ting great care at the SNFs and not have to be read­mit­ted). So, Dr. Ber­wick and the thou­sands of other of­fice work­ers in Bal­ti­more (who don’t, by the way, treat pa­tients) would have it that we all treat pa­tients for free, re­gard­less of costs, thus solv­ing Medi­care and the nation’s bud­get prob­lems. Got it! Wow! Now I know how we’ll af­ford the Affordable Care Act. Mark Lisa

CEO Doc­tors Hos­pi­tal of Man­teca (Calif.)

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