Electronic Health Records for All, Whether We Want Them or Not - Page 2
How is this going to happen?
Reimbursements for Medicare and Medicaid will be diminished. Essentially, the federal government is going to punish doctors and hospitals for wanting to keep a paper trail. Here's yet another tidbit from that same CNSNews.com report: these regulations were devised not just by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, but also by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). I know Donald Berwick wasn't appointed to head CMS until just last week, but even the mere notion that he'll be somehow indirectly involved in this creeps me out worse than a certain Ned Beatty scene from Deliverance.
I don't even have to go into how every American's EHR will be required to include our weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)...but I will. A recent HULIQ.com article noted that the United States has often been derided for seemingly validating obesity, which "hence leads Americans to have health issues." The article also noted that these new directives dictate that information from your EHR, such as BMI, will be viewable on a "national exchange," but precautions will be taken to "to try to help with privacy." Well, that's just great.
At the end of the day, the federal government, or anyone else for that matter, does not need to know my BMI, because it's none of their damn business. If it's high because I've been heavily into the Krispy Kremes lately, it's my business. If a report eventually makes its way to Technorati that I've been locked in a padded room, at least everyone reading this will know that I've been diagnosed as having been driven out of my mind by a nanny state.
Oh yeah, and I'll give them my Krispy Kreme when they take it from my cold, dead hands.