Friday, December 07, 2012

Stuff below the fold

Obama's 27 percent cut for Medicare reimbursement? Yes. Another item no one brought up during the election.
But the real problem is this one:
In addition to ending the SGR formula, Dr. Madara explained the importance of transitioning Medicare into an improved payment and delivery system that rewards high-quality care.
Translation: You spend more time documenting what you've done than seeing grandmom. And the way the gov't works is that your charts better document every little thing you did and translating it into all the correct numbers in the latest ICD-M code is correct (it's now up to number ten, and if you put down the wrong number, hey you won't get paid).

I have an idea: Ten bucks a visit, no paper work.

Then you can do "non medical things" like discover stuff that isn't in the books but more important to what is going on, like doing a physical exam or talking trivia about their lives. You find a lot of the really important things that way and hey, it makes the patients happy. And then maybe our patients won't go to quacks for hands on treatment.


I mentioned in a previous post about Google drones watching Rhinos to stop poaching, but StrategyPage has this in an article about Iran's claim they shot down a US drone:
the photo showed a Scan Eagle without military markings...(so it might be) a commercial version of Scan Eagle (in service since 2005 to help high seas fishing ships find schools of fish to go after)


Maybe. But that doesn't explain why an American citizen is sitting in a US jail for making a porn film.

and finally, the NYTimes noticed something is rotten, and notices the bad guys were getting lots of weapons, and the Obama administration was helping them get the weapons.

Ah, but don't worry: There is no evidence that the bad guys used these weapons to shoot the Ambassador. Presumably they only used genuine certified non American supplied weapons to do so.
American officials say that the United Arab Emirates first approached the Obama administration during the early months of the Libyan uprising, asking for permission to ship American-built weapons that the United States had supplied for the emirates’ use. The administration rejected that request, but instead urged the emirates to ship weapons to Libya that could not be traced to the United States.
italics mine.
From Dave Barry:

Man arrested after 'punching through JetBlue plane window because he was not allowed to sit with his mother'
(Thanks to Jeff Meyerson)
Does anybody else find it troubling that it's possible for a passenger to punch through an airplane window?

Read more here:

Modern art attack: the giant slinky.

It's a Darwin's memorial sculpture in his home town: it cost over £1 million.


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