Working with foxes
Re: “Feds announce new anti-fraud initiative,” Modernhealthcare.com, July 26: “The government is partnering with insurers to find healthcare fraud on real-time basis.”
This is a great step forward in eliminating waste in healthcare spending. But isn’t it also working with the foxes to see that the chickens stay in the coop? Don’t improper claims denials, payment delays, poor billing systems and a sense of profit entitlement among insurers all add to the total cost of healthcare? And there are many other reasons, too. But looking only to the insurers as perhaps “THE” solution is short-sighted.
Douglas Butt Cedarburg, Wis.