Comment: So… doctors must have a working system by mid-2014 so that they can be ready for 2015. Six months in advance. Shouldn’t the CMS healthcare.gov website team have been required to adhere to the same standards?
Do as I say, not as I do.
Both programs, it seems, are damaging our healthcare system. The story also shows how the federal government is doing its darndest to get rid of small physicians’ practices and run everything through hospitals. Hardly the most efficient way go about things but necessary, it seems, to ‘control the people’ which, after all is the true aim of Obamacare. It’s a lot easier to control a few hospitals than thousands of independent providers. So run’em out of business with burdensome requirements only the big players can meet. Dr. Kiteck, you will be missed.
“A Kentucky doctor who took out a local newspaper ad saying he was closing his practice “due to the policies of Obamacare” is shutting down his practice because of federal requirements to transfer from paper to electronic records.”
“Dr. Stephen Kiteck of Somerset, Ky., said the financial burden of electronic records is “too much of a burden to overcome” and that he didn’t want to “make a long-term investment” in his small medical practice.”
“Kiteck said …it would be a financial burden and take “thousands of man hours or woman hours to get the records on the computer.””
“Analysis from earlier this year showed that electronic health records have not produced expected savings in health care costs.”
“Kiteck said that he petitioned the Department of Health and Human Services to get an exemption for this policy, but was not successful.”
Here’s Why That Kentucky Doctor is Closing His Practice “Due to the Policies of Obamacare”
James Arkin | Dec. 10, 2013
“Dr. Kiteck is a 64 year old board certified family physician with a good rating for patient satisfaction on healthgrades.com.”
“There have been surveys which suggested a significant number of doctors might quit or retire early as a result of the new health law. A 2013 Deloitte Survey of U.S. Physicians found that 62 percent of doctors expected some of their colleagues to retire early.”
“Physicians must move to electronic records by 2015 and because of the way use is reported, that means mid-2014 is the deadline for a working system. Those who fail to meet the deadline are charged a fine of 1% (deducted from their reimbursements).”
Kentucky Doctor Closing Practice, Cites Obamacare as Reason
John Sexton | Dec. 10, 2013