Fear of spot­light on pay­ments shouldn’t come as a sur­prise

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the Sept. 29 cover story “Spot­light on physi­cian pay­ments” (Mod­ern Health­care, p. 8), are we sur­prised that those who re­ceive pay­ments from per­sons and or­ga­ni­za­tions who might thereby in­flu­ence how prod­ucts and ser­vices are ren­dered to the pub­lic are afraid that the pub­lic might “mis­in­ter­pret” that in­for­ma­tion? Their fears might be jus­ti­fied, but join the open mar­ket, my friends.

Now, how about some open dis­clo­sure on per­sonal and cor­po­rate po­lit­i­cal cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions? To spin the proverb, “Con­gress­man, leg­is­late thy­self.”

Pa­trick Casey Health­care IT con­sul­tant Ar­ling­ton, Texas

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