Under the abomination known as ObamaCare, patients are entitled to a “free” yearly physical exam. However, as one doctor points out, there may be little that a doctor can do, other than follow the mandated format for that visit. Here are some excerpts from Newsbusters…
In a Saturday PJ Media column (“A Physician’s New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law”), Dr. Peter Weiss, relays several important and ugly realities of what life will be like under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, which could easily have been reported any time during the past couple of years by members of the establishment press.
That is something that is most important to note. As ObamaCare continues to cost jobs, and screw up people’s care, folks are going to start realizing that they were not told about any of this, even though it was well known.
I have now posted a notice in my office and each exam room stating exactly what Obamacare will cover for those yearly visits. Remember Obama promised this as a free exam — no co-pay, no deductible, no charge. That’s fine and dandy if you are healthy and have no complaints. However, we are obligated by law to code specifically for the reason of the visit. An annual exam is one specific code; you can not mix this with another code, say, for rectal bleeding. This annual visit covers the exam and “discussion about the status of previously diagnosed stable conditions.” That’s the exact wording under that code — insurance will not cover any new ailment under that code.If you are here for that annual exam, you will not be covered if you want to discuss any new ailment or unstable condition. I cannot bait and switch to another code — that’s illegal. We, the physicians, are audited all the time and can lose our license for insurance fraud.
Knowing a bit about insurance coding, he is exactly correct. You cannot bill for something that was not done. You can’t do one thing, and bill for another. That IS insurance fraud, and most providers go to great lengths to avoid it.
However, ObamaCare seems to encourage it.
… On top of all of that, doctors will be obligated — that’s right, obligated — to talk to you about things you may have no interest or need to talk about.
You may just want to have a pap smear or check your cholesterol. However, I am now mandated by the government to talk to you about your weight, exercise, family life, smoking, sexual abuse(!), and even to ask if you wear seat belts. And I am mandated to record your answers.
So, isn’t this typical government nonsense? You can’t talk about something that might actually be troubling you, but the government get’s to know even the most private or trivial information about you? After all, another mandate will be for all of this information to be electronically stored, and therefore viewable.
Well, Obama voters, you did want this, and vote accordingly.
Elections have consequences.