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December 11, 2013

Dr. Who? Somerset M.D. Stephen Kiteck’s views on Obamacare make FOX newscast as he closes practice

His 4,000 patients will need to go elsewhere


Somerset —

On the other hand, Fox News — often perceived as being a conservative-friendly news outlet — gave Kiteck a chance to talk and explain his side of the story in his own words Tuesday night.
Kiteck’s ad gained attention thanks to pictures of it being shared through the website Twitter. Kiteck isn’t sure how Fox News came to know about his story, but said that some patients had told him they’d called the offices of Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers about his plight. (Rogers’ spokesperson Danielle Smoot said Wednesday that she was unable to ascertain whether anyone in the office had contacted any media outlets like Fox or not.)
“When they called me and told me it was Fox, I said, ‘Are you sure? THE Fox News?’” he said. “I wanted some proof. ... They said they founds (the story) on the Internet.”
In his interview with Van Susteren on her Fox News Channel show “On the Record,” Kiteck was asked about a provision in Obamacare that would allow reimbursement for the necessary technology upgrades. Kiteck responded that because the money would come on the “back end,” it still wouldn’t do enough to help alleviate the problems facing his business.
“Your computer has to follow a principle that all physicians know is called ‘meaningful use,’” Kiteck told Van Susteren, “which means you have to go through different tiers, tiers of acceptance, and there’s hundreds of requirement in Obamacare for your computer has to follow in order for you to receive the reimbursement two to three years down the road. In other words, you have to put out the full expense up front to invest in your computer equipment, and then later, two to three years later, if you follow the meaningful use of your computer according to Obamacare, then they will reimburse you for that — if the program is still around.”

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