CBS “60 Minutes” recently aired an interesting segment on the Affordable Care Act, focusing on excessive charges for medical care. Here’s a link to the segment:

http://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes/video/ZiXofnyJSjH0KpbyJA_EPIoVLkb6Hc9Y/dissecting-obamacare/

Book cover: America's Bitter PillThe piece featured interviews with journalist Steven Brill, author of the recent book America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix our Broken Healthcare System, which concludes that Obamacare will not stop hospitals from charging excessive fees.

Supporting information was provided by Dr. Gerard Anderson, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management. Dr. Anderson conducted a Peer Review of Elevate’s Med Bill Audit methodology in 2014.

The same topic was also covered recently and in more depth by “Fresh Air” on NPR. Here’s a link to that coverage:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/05/375024427/americas-bitter-pill-makes-case-for-why-health-care-law-wont-work

In other recent news, proposed federal regulations will limit certain hospitals from collecting more than Medicare rates from the uninsured. If you’d like to discuss any of these issues or changes in the health care industry, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Nancy Fraser Michalski
Nancy Fraser Michalski heads Elevate’s medical claims and litigation service line, Med Legal Services.

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