Elim­i­nate ar­ti­fi­cial de­mand

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS / EDITORIALS -

In re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle “Doc pay re­form re­mains a ‘top pri­or­ity’ ” (ModernHealth­care.com, May 14), ar­ti­fi­cial de­mand is rul­ing cur­rent health­care economics. We need a sys­tem to ad­dress ar­ti­fi­cial de­mand cre­ation. Pro­grams ad­dress­ing qual­ity are al­ways ap­pro­pri­ate but take too long to im­ple­ment widely.

In the mean­time, we need an im­me­di­ate and ef­fec­tive re­im­burse­ment process that will elim­i­nate up to $100 bil­lion in ex­cess di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices an­nu­ally with­out deny­ing any pa­tient-needed ser­vices. A re­im­burse­ment pro­gram to slow cost in­creases will go a long way to­ward ad­dress­ing needed re­forms and will have an im­me­di­ate pay­back. This is es­pe­cially needed as Oba­macare comes on­line. We need Wal-Mart-style sup­ply-and­de­mand economics. Who re­sides out­side the cur­rent health­care box and can save the U.S. health­care sys­tem?

Michael Samms, CEO, En­able Qual­ity Health Over­landPark, Kan.

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