The blue ball system Accretive uses..funny but you know what imageit’s about the Killer Algorithms once again.  I’m glad he did this one as it needs attention as there’s more of this under the rafters that consumers don’t see.  It’s all about the math and flawed data, and/or formulas created for profit, and accuracy and ethics take the back seat.  Read the link below for a couple other examples of how “consultants” function today, all in the math and algorithms. Kind of sad that pay for performance has to enter the ER before one can get care with employees being graded on what they collect. 

If you have followed this from the start, it all began with a stolen notebook that exposed all, with a consultant running around with patient medical records on it and they had been sharing this information with Wall Street investors. 

Accretive Health Debt Collector Employee Has Laptop Stolen With Non Encrypted Patient Data from 2 Hospitals And Had Access to All the Data Via Revenue Cycling - Patient Information Was Shared With Wall Street Investors – Algorithms For Profit Again?

Now the next back link for some additional history here below and this makes Chapter 29 of the Attack of the Killer Algorithms at the Medical Quack.  What is that…read further…it’s on the front page of the Medical Quack every day so see how numbers and formulas with spun marketing to save or make money are affecting lives all over the US, actually this is the reasoning behind the Occupy movement.  You can’t see, feel or touch those algos and we are also gathering a lot of flawed information. 

Accretive Medical Collections and Analytics Cited by Minnesota by Attorney General For Collecting from Patients At Bedside and Worse–Employees on Pay for Performance Too? Killer Algorithms Chapter 28


Here’s a digest along with a great video that will get you up to speed and hopefully explain some of this.  I work with code and numbers and to the average consumer you would never see this and of course the connection between financial and healthcare is critical.  You can be easily snowed.

Attack of the Killer Algorithms–Digest & Links for All Chapters–How Math and Crafty Formulas Today Running on Servers 24/7 Make Life Impacting Decisions About You–Updated 3-11-2012

Take it from a higher source than me and this is the same video that is on the front page of the Medical Quack.  Actually Professor Siefe borrowed a word from Colbert “Proofiness” so these two are in tune.  The name of his book is called “Proofiness, The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception” and it’s out there but few want to talk about it.  I have the National Institute of Statistical Science talking to me too about the Killer Algorithms as they know as well they are out there and emailed me a while back and said “keep it up, this needs attention and awareness”.  

It’s all about context!

We need balance and ethics with using our intelligence and need to make sure we are not marketed with numbers but rather given intelligence to help us.  BD


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