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Comment: Re: "the software industry" lol wut (Score 1) 406

by budgenator (#49633467) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

If you have ever seen any medical billing software you know that the people "writing the software" are basically just using FileMaker or MS access and slapping something together as quickly as possible.

It is a specialized type of application and they pay the least possible for it. The software I have seen is always at least 10 years out of date (even the "new" versions) and extremely buggy.

I'm quite sure that FileMaker and MS access does the maths much better than our dental practice management software, different reports give different sums for the same data, you would think that total production grouped by insurance plan (and yes cash patients are handled as an insurance plan) would be the same as total production grouped by service class as total production grouped by CDT code, but they are all different.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 406

by budgenator (#49633253) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Maybe that's an indication that the reimbursement rates for your insurance are so poor that nobody is willing to work for them. If the insurance company is able to provide the Dr. with patients that pay their portion, actually show up for their appointments and on time, follow orders and don't make a hobby out of being an asshole; the Dr. might accept a lower reimbursement..

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 406

by budgenator (#49632865) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

That is not how socialized medicine works. You can't just go to the doctor whenever you feel like it. Single payer healthcare reduces costs, and people with SPH are generally happier with their care, but there are tradeoffs. Long waiting lists for many ailments, and reduced patient choice, are among those tradeoffs.

So they're like the VA where you might get seen before you die or you might not.

Comment: Re:FTYF, Submitter (Score 1) 406

by budgenator (#49632725) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

EOBs, or Explaination Of Benefits, comes from Your insurance company, not the Provider. If you can't comprehend what is on the EOB, then You should call Your insurance company, and have the people You are sending the most money to explain it better. Remember the Providers of your care hate Your insurance even more than you do, and if something is worded obtusely it's usually so the bastards at Your insurance company will pay what they are obligated to pay for on Your behalf. You can also go to Fair Health Consumer and punch in the codes what it was for and what the 50th percentile expected costs in your area are; most providers bill in the 80th percentile in order to get paid around the 50th. You can always pay cash and have Your insurance reimburse you.

Comment: Re:Scientifically driven politics (Score 1) 345

FOIA requests can be used for targeted denial of service attacks, yes. Look at what this chick is doing to a public library: She's just a dumb blonde (look at her kooky museum tour videos) but she's still managed to deluge the library with hundreds of FOIA requests (demanding shit like "all the data produced on all employees' computers over the past year", etc.) She's a lone kook not even employed by a major industry, and the library has to hire two full time employees just to respond to her FOIA requests. If they are legally required to respond to them, most small research teams would easily be shut down by a torrent of FOIA requests coming from deep-pocketed industries.

Comment: Re:Idiots keeping us safe, it seems (Score 1) 1055

by budgenator (#49616635) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps part of the reason they as so god damn fucking angry is BECAUSE of the dropped bombs?

I just wonder, how many years of bombs being dropped on your families would it take for you to consider a driveby on the people doing it?

But no, its the RELIGION thats the problem.. cannot be anything else.

No, they just can't seem to play nice with anybody, but it's not just the religion, they were assholes even before they became Muslims. Not all of them of course but enough of them. The worst part is they are like commies, they can't except that the reason for their problem isn't that they have converted the whole world, so they're hell-bent on destroying what they envy.

Comment: Re:Please bugger off? (Score 1) 1055

by budgenator (#49616539) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Slashdot used to be a place to get away from this kind of 'discussion'. Where something with an inflammatory title like 'Draw The Pedophile' gets marked as insightful...

There are muslim nerds too...

Dude the only post to have ever gotten deleted on slashdot was in a religious thread. You want to see inflamation post there hasn't been any warming for 18 years and put in a link to WUWT or the Ocean ate the heat and a link to SS!

Comment: Re:Real reason (Score 3, Interesting) 549

by MillionthMonkey (#49616339) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House

Carly spouted off on Saturday about net neutrality, and claimed that it was forced down our throats by lobbyists from Verizon and Comcast.

And she says this as a former CEO of HP. I hope her campaign fails soon because her voice gives me faceslapping injuries.

Comment: Re:tip of the iceberg (Score 1) 1055

by budgenator (#49615127) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

There was a movie made of the life the Prophet, it was blamed for inciting the revolution in Egypt. From what I could see from the trailers it was every bit as bad as the movie "The Profit" a docu-drama about L Ron Hubbard, who founded the religion "Scientology" and probably one of the few religions whose adherents are as easily offended as the Muslims.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"