brand logo

Fam Pract Manag. 1999;6(1):13

To the Editor:

Oh how comforting are the words of HCFA Administrator Nancy Ann Min-DeParle in the Medicare Update article (“Changes Proposed for the E/M Documentation Guidelines,” June 1998): “I want to assure you that physicians will not be punished for honest mistakes and we will not make referrals to the Office of the Inspector General for occasional errors.”

It would be helpful if HCFA would define “honest mistakes” and “occasional errors.” I see these as dishonest, politically correct, sidestepping communication techniques. Statements like these translate to grossly dysfunctional policies — unless the new HCFA E/M documentation guidelines turn out to be a health care advancement for all Americans. Hamilton, Jefferson, Franklin and Washington are rolling in their graves with disgust while we remain above ground tolerating these intrusions and losses of liberty.


Send your comments to Submission of a letter will be construed as granting AAFP permission to publish the letter in any of its publications in any form. We cannot respond to all letters we receive. Those chosen for publication will be edited for length and style.

Continue Reading

More in FPM

Copyright © 1999 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

This content is owned by the AAFP. A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. This material may not otherwise be downloaded, copied, printed, stored, transmitted or reproduced in any medium, whether now known or later invented, except as authorized in writing by the AAFP.  See permissions for copyright questions and/or permission requests.