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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Feds Be As Forgiving To Us?

In this morning's NY Times, there is an editorial on the Federal Government's Health website and its chaotic debut.  Actually, there are articles in every major newspaper this AM based on the President's news conference yesterday.  But, it was the Times editorial that got me to thinking: If this had happened to hospitals across the US, would the feds be as forgiving?  My answer is "heck no"!  There would be immediate fines and penalties associated with the delays.  Our industry would be under an immediate and prolonged attack until the problem was fixed.  They would demand answers; there would be no evasiveness, no deflecting of blame or finger pointing outside of the health care industry.  The bottom line is that it's nice to be king; in this case, the Feds.

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