Thursday, February 16, 2012

What Kind Of Day Has It Been



Colin said...

My favorite part from The Economist article:

Next year the number of federally mandated categories of illness and injury for which hospitals may claim reimbursement will rise from 18,000 to 140,000. There are nine codes relating to injuries caused by parrots, and three relating to burns from flaming water-skis.

Such is the non-stop comedy that is government.

Ben said...

I'm really struck by how off base the usually excellent Economist is in this leader. The categories of reimbursement aren't growing, the code numbers are changing from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to provide greater precision in recording treatment. Notably, ICD-10 is the international standard, adopted by the WHO in 1990--22 years ago. Even AETNA says that this is a good thing: "The ICD-10 codes allow for more accurate information to accompany a claim, which will allow for more accurate claims payment and coverage decisions."