Hire docs, boost costs

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re: “Hos­pi­tals em­ploy­ing more docs to grow mar­ket share, study finds,” Modern­Health­care.com, Aug. 18: I to­tally agree that these ar­range­ments will in­crease costs. I re­cently went to my doc­tor for a fol­low-up visit and the lab tests were be­ing done by the hos­pi­tal lab­o­ra­tory at a much higher cost. Prior to my doc­tor’s prac­tice merg­ing with the hos­pi­tal, all tests were per­formed by Quest Di­ag­nos­tics at a lower cost and less has­sle with billing, etc.

Af­ter talk­ing to the nurses, a lot of pa­tients had com­plained about this higher cost, which was very no­tice­able for pa­tients who had a his­tory of be­ing seen at the same fa­cil­ity by the same doc­tor both be­fore and af­ter the ac­qui­si­tion of the prac­tice. These ar­range­ments are not go­ing to work. We have all seen this movie be­fore, ref­er­ence MedPart­ners from the 1990s! In the short run, con­sul­tants and lawyers are rak­ing it in try­ing to com­pre­hend ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions. Vinod Gid­wani Pres­i­dent Cur­rence Skokie, Ill.

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