Electronic Health Care.

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released final rules for Stage 3 of its Meaningful Use program for electronic health records, frustrating politicians and medical organizations that had called for a delay.
The final rules were included as part of a joint release late Tuesday from CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology of regulations related to certification of electronic health record (EHR) systems and rules for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.”

It seems computers have made the relationship between doctor and patient more strained. Rather than the doctor looking you in the eye, he spends his time looking at a computer screen. Codes (27,000) do not offer the exact problems an individual tries to tell the doctor. Most people are not educated enough to explain their problems so the doctor can enter them into a database. Then comes the mad ride through the rules and billing format. It takes months for the computer to send you an explanation of benefits, and what you owe the doctor as it often is wrong. The appeal process for billing is a nightmare. The stress is worse than what you went to the doctor in the first place for. What we have is an excuse to hire people and buy computers so the government can collect more data about your life. No place have I seen evidence that the new health care systems have improved the quality of life.

Dansette