Care or Kickbacks?

In the complicated world of HMOs and referrals, some health care systems have started enforcing “continuity of care” policies that keep patients within that hospital system.  The stated goal of this policy is to facilitate care through one group of physicians and one medical record system.  However, it seems that systems like this do more good for the hospital budget than for overall patient care.  In a new blog post, Program Alumna Theresa Spranger discusses an experience that she had with one of these policies in “Continuity of Care or a Culture of Kickbacks?

 

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