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Editor's Correspondence
July 24, 2000

The Factuality of Health Records—Reply

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(14):2225. doi:

In reply

As we stated in our article,1 the practice of deception of third-party payers, even for a good cause, has many potential negative long-term consequences. These include the loss of physician integrity and increased costs passed on to other patients by third-party payers. Records containing false information might also have adverse clinical results for patients. And as Fusaro points out, inaccurate billing records might also adversely affect the quality of research that makes use of claims data.