Thursday, May 15, 2014

What do they know that we don't? Obamacare edition

Before Obamacare was passed, Nancy Pelosi famously said we had to pass the law to find out what was in it.  It appears my radiologist sister might be finding out what is in it at the moment.  Around October last year her practice's billing company stopped putting through a significant amount of their claims.  They didn't really notice this until February, when their accounts ran out of money and their paychecks bounced.  They fought with their billing company, but they still won't pay up, so they tried to go with a new company.  They had one picked out and sent over a contract, only to see that company decline them for no reason.  They are now in the process of going with their second choice, who hasn't turned them down yet.

When I first heard about this, I wondered if there might be regulations in Obamacare that were to blame, but couldn't rule out the possibility this was just one dipshit company.  Since I've found out a second company is unwilling to do business with them, it's clear something is scaring away both companies.  Radiologists make a good amount of money, and might just find themselves at the epicenter of the government cost cutters. These companies might feel there isn't much money to be made by having radiologists as clients if reimbursements rates are going to be cut.

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