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The first time I saw the dark HBO comedy "Getting On," every single healthcare policy synapse lit up in my brain. That one 30-minute episode explored the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' policy on payments for treating patients with congestive heart failure, handwashing compliance programs, and introduced a storyline about maximizing revenue from the Medicaid hospiceprogram.
Just those references would be enough to suggest "Getting On" is as exciting as a revenue cycle seminar on the closing afternoon of a Healthcare Financial Management Association conference. But not only is it funny and poignant, it explores the drivers that make the U.S. healthcare system the most expensive on earth with a wit and intelligence no other scripted hospital show has come close to matching.
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