IT Begins: Hospital Workers Go Unpaid

The contractor building the financial management system for Healthcare.gov is being blamed by a Houston hospital for delayed Medicare reimbursements that have caused the hospital to miss payrolls for weeks.

According to the CEO Jason Leday, more than 150 employees haven’t been paid in nearly a month.

“I understand that they have children and a house payment, bills. Not getting paid is wow,” nearby resident Theresa Gutierrez said.

The hospital is strapped for cash not because its not making money, but because Leday says a new Medicare payment facilitator named Novitas Solutions is taking too way long to pay out Medicare claims to the hospital.

Leday says he’s owed nearly $3 million in payments from Medicare and can’t make payroll…

The Texas Medical Association says they are familiar with complaints like this one regarding the medicare payment facilitator- and a representative told us smaller community hospitals like this one are in similar situations.

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This is precisely why doctors will either choose to see fewer Medicare patients or will stop seeing Medicare patients altogether. Contrary to some beliefs, people work to be PAID for their services – there is no such thing as a free lunch.

And this is just ONE hospital that we KNOW of – think how many more HAVEN’T been reported on.

Just think, the government is JUST getting started.

If you’re not scare yet, you should probably start worrying.

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