Mystery shoppers a taxpayer waste, Rep. Roe says

In an editorial published in The Hill today, Representative Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), a physician, called the controversial mystery shopper program by the Administration "a waste of taxpayer money," costing taxpayers an estimated $350,000, according to Roe. The Obama administration's plan to plant mystery shoppers posing as patients to assess patient access to care has come under scrutiny from providers and health organizations, alike. "If the administration is seeking a way to increase access, spying on physicians is a not the solution. If the administration were truly interested in improving access to care, President Obama could work with Congress to permanently fix the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula, which dictates Medicare payments to physicians," Roe said. Article