One of our loyal readers has been encouraging us to write about this:
One of the stories that the people responsible for getting us into the mess with the children’s hospital are telling is that the government reimbursement rates changed after they did their planning.
Any and everyone in the hospital business should have seen this coming. Hospital costs had been spiraling out of control for years and in the 2007 time frame the talk of the industry was about how much the hospitals were going to be cut.
Even more damning is the fact that the government is in the habit of telling us about their proposed changes months in advance of making them.
Here are just a few examples of those notifications:
An industry warning dated July 1, 2007:
Another industry warning dated July 12, 2007:
The people who did this to us can only have one of two possible responses. They might say “We didn’t know” but they should have. The might say “We chose not to tell you” which is probably closer to the truth.
We deserve better