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Comment: Re:I'm shocked ... (Score 1) 173

There is already a fix for this. A cop that has a malfunctioning Video camera during an interaction with the public is put on unpaid leave until the investigation is over. And will be paid retroactively if it was actual equipment malfunction. This would require the officer to report malfunctioning equipment and get it replaced before the next interaction.

Comment: Re:To think I once subscribed to this site (Score 1) 173

You're obviously totally lost. Maybe you'd be more comfortable at a wingnut propaganda site that will reinforce your leftt-wing delusions. Salon, Slate, MSNBC and HufPo are good possibilities for people like you who don't want to be troubled by reality

FTFY

Comment: Re:To think I once subscribed to this site (Score 0) 173

You say that like being "Fed" means it isn't going to happen. But in reality, it is going to happen from higher levels than LOCAL. Locally bad police are isolated, federally bad police means you'll NEVER get fairness/justice if wronged. The problem with Leftwing view is that bigger is better, and I disagree with that premise from the start.

Assuming the Fed police isn't corruptible is the last thing I would do.

Comment: Re:Libertarians are to the right of Republicans (Score 0) 173

By "Far Right" you mean those that oppose government forcing people to things, then yes, I am "far right"

Left wingers love to use government force, but hate it when applied to them. I oppose Government force for just about everyting, except to stop an actual crime in progress, or to arrest someone who actually harmed someone (unlike Eric Garner, who harmed nobody but the state)

Comment: Re:Trains (Score 1) 178

by drinkypoo (#49630779) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

Right, you can't use rail unless you have high utilization, and you can't have high utilization if the rail doesn't do the job you need to do, or if the public transportation systems along the rail line don't work. That's why PRT makes more sense than rail for most trips, and why we should use classic rail only for long hauls and PRT for short trips.

Comment: Re:Trains (Score 1) 178

by drinkypoo (#49630523) Attached to: Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

Freight Trains, you know, the topic of this entire article?

Yeah, you can't build rail just for freight, because it won't see enough utilization. It has to carry passengers, too. You can't take the efficiency of the freight-carrying system alone because it doesn't operate alone, it's dependent on being part of the passenger-carrying system (and vice versa.)

Comment: Re:Vaginosis/Vaginitis Plus (Score 2) 342

by tlambert (#49630475) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

This is trivial, given that there are only a couple of federated diagnostic testing services in her area.

Looks like a bacterial infection of some kind, although they also checked for Pappilomavirus, two other STDs, and a fungal yeast infection, BVAB2, and strep.

87481 SureSwab ®, Vaginosis/Vaginitis Plus
87481 SureSwab ®, Bacterial Vaginosis/Vaginitis

87491 SureSwab ®, Vaginosis/Vaginitis Plus
87491 SureSwab ®, CT/NG, T. vaginalis
87491 Chlamydia/Neisseria gonorrhoeae, T. vaginalis, Qualitative, TMA and HSV 1/2 DNA, Real-Time PCR, Pap Vial
87491 Chlamydia/N. gonorrhoeae and T. vaginalis RNA, Qualitative, TMA, Pap Vial

87798 SureSwab ®, Trichomonas vaginalis RNA, Qualitative, TMA
87798 SureSwab ®, Vaginosis/Vaginitis Plus
87798 SureSwab ®, CT/NG, T. vaginalis
87798 Trichomonas vaginalis RNA, Qualitative, TMA, PAP Vial
87798 Chlamydia/N. gonorrhoeae and T. vaginalis RNA, Qualitative, TMA, Pap Vial
87798 Chlamydia/Neisseria gonorrhoeae, T. vaginalis, Qualitative, TMA and HSV 1/2 DNA, Real-Time PCR, Pap Vial

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORIES, L.L.C.
105 Chlamydia trachomatis
127 Group B Streptococcus (GBS)
164 Bacterial Vaginosis Associated Bacteria 2 (BVAB2)

These are probably not test codes that she should have published, given their sensitive nature.

I do agree with her assertion that medical billing is kind of terrible.

On the other hand, they intentionally make billing and coding as difficult as possible so that the doctors office has to correctly code it to the insurance companies liking before they are obligated to pay. Usually a medical office will try a couple of times, and then give up if they don't hit pay dirt, and just send the bill to the patient, and let them argue with the insurance company long enough to damage their credit for non-payment, or pay it out of pocket to save their credit.

HMOs are absolutely the worst for this, followed by PPOs.

I would have much preferred a single payer system, like Richard Nixon wanted (he was the first president to propose a national health care system), rather than the TARP III bailout for the insurance companies which we ended up getting with the ACA.

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