HPC: Hospitals are inflating severity of diagnoses

'How do we put a stop to this? This is hurting the Commonwealth'

THE STATE’S HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION released data on Wednesday that suggested Massachusetts hospitals are inflating the severity of patient diagnoses to boost their revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars. The practice, called coding or up-coding, is not illegal or even improper. Hospital officials mine the health background of patients to build up the seriousness of(...)

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