None of that is new to me (as I said, worked in IT all my life and have always followed medicine due to my early career in neuropsychology).
I still don’t see the proof or even evidence IRS is going to access health records, nor what the point of that would be.
What’s the point of the IRS holding up 501c3 or 4 applications for conservative organizations? What’s the point of asking a zillion questions about members and Facebook posts and all the other things this administration has allegedly done????
It is my understanding that IRS is going to be the enforcement arm for Obamacare, particularly as far as determining who had coverage and since when.
Even though chart notes will have to accompany the billing form in the future, they really aren’t necessary because of the standardization of everything by code number so anyone with any snap can figure out what a patient is being seen for, providing the doctor/biller are truthful. I also am wary of the group in DC that is establishing standards of care based on age and diagnosis.
What’s the point? All depends on how evil the government is going to get. After the onset of Obamacare if a doctor reports $125,000 of income which is verified by the presence of 1099’s but has deposited $225,000 into their checking account, where has the other money come from? Co-pays or private pay patients who do not have any insurance? In the past checking account information was not so readily available. Now with EFT’s, it’s part of the data which is easily accessible.
Like the 1099 issue, neither IRS nor HHS nor any enforcement arm for Obamacare has a clue as to the amount of paper and data that is involved in all of this. I think the devil is in the details which Sect Sillibus is still writing.
The information is all there in the clearing houses now and even if we don’t end up with a single payor system, I can’t imagine that it will not be used for some devious purpose by the government.
My docs have used various credit card systems for years to allow patients to pay their co-pay via a credit card. Last year, for the first time, they each received a 1099 for everything the credit card company processed for them. Why was this requirement added onto another piece of legislation now?
There is or will be just too much standardized electronic data out there to be ignored by a government that wants to tax everything.