Friday, September 16, 2011

Government Healthcare Bureaucracy Gone Wild

Obamacare will cause our healthcare system to grind to a slow, painful bureaucratic halt. This is just a hint of what is to come. Link
A new federally mandated version will expand the number to around 140,000—adding codes that describe precisely what bone was broken, or which artery is receiving a stent.

It will also have a code for recording that a patient's injury occurred in a chicken coop. (See code.)

Indeed, health plans may never again wonder where a patient got hurt. There are codes for injuries in opera houses (see code), art galleries (see code), squash courts (see code) and nine locations in and around a mobile home (see codes), from the bathroom to the bedroom.

Health insurers, doctors and hospitals are bracing for chaos as they prepare to adopt a new federally mandated format for medical billing. Anna Wilde Mathews has details on Lunch Break.

Some doctors aren't sure they need quite that much detail. "Really? Bathroom versus bedroom?" says Brian Bachelder, a family physician in Akron, Ohio. "What difference does it make?"