Bring Out Your Dead

This from Wisconsin:

A federal audit of Wisconsin’s Medicaid program found that nearly $600,000 was paid to managed care organizations on behalf of patients who already had died.

The Wisconsin money involved 1,654 so-called capitation payments, which are monthly fixed payments on behalf of enrolled individuals who are low-income or who have disabilities. Medicaid is jointly administered by states and the federal government.

“Somebody is supposed to be checking if a person is dead or alive,” said state Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), a member of the state Senate’s health and finance committees. “Obviously the process didn’t work.”

The process never works because it not’s their money!  And, yeah, somebody is supposed to checking on whether people are dead or not but when you are in a big government system playing with monopoly money then you lose sight of such things.  It happens all the time, right?  No. I bet it never happens, even at 1% relative value, at your business or personal checking account, though?

Funny how that is.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “Bring Out Your Dead

  1. Rsw
    October 12, 2018 at 7:57 am

    600k out of total spending of x, compared to what rate among private insurers?

    Not enough info to justify righteous indignation.

  2. rick m singel
    October 10, 2018 at 8:36 am

    And this happens 1000 times a day all over the bureaucracy.
    It is like an incurable cancer in our system of government.
    Doug, the frustration of this is off the charts for me.
    So, great piece today!

    • PW
      October 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Dead lives matter.

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