Category Archives: budget cuts

Hot off the Press: Cost of Hospital Errors; DC Brinksmanship on ACA; New Online Coverage Options; Better Patient Safety with Improved Hospital Discharge; Coverage for ‘Alternative’ Providers; Now Is Not the Time to Cut Back on Fraud; And More!

Hot off the Press:  Leapfrog Group’s Calculator to Uncover Costs of Hospital Errors and Readmissions The Leapfrog group has developed a white paper and a calculator that uncover the hidden surcharge Americans pay for hospital errors. “We examine the costs purchasers … Continue reading

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Hot Off the Press: State 2013 Health Care Budgets, ACA Implementation Headaches, New Approach to Drug Effectiveness Research and the High Cost of Maternity Care

While we are working on finishing our story on price transparency and executive compensation, here are some current highlights: Hot Off the Press: Health care measures and budgets passed out of Olympia: http://www.wsha.org/files/83/2013budgetproposalcomparisonchartFINAL.pdf Challenges to ACA Implementation: Sibelius told, stop … Continue reading

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How Businesses Fared in Massachusetts; Drug Companies Payment to Physicians; Rush Out and Read; Berwick for Governor; and Egan on Health Care

In 2006, Massachusetts passed health care legislation that is remarkably similar to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Like the ACA, the Massachusetts law focused on expanding health insurance for all the state’s 6.5 million residents. Key provisions of the law … Continue reading

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Trial against Da Vinci Robot, Medicare Costs and Benefits, Tough Week for Hospitals, HHS Fundraising, But there’s Plenty of Money out There

Health Care Technologies–Cost and safety In anticipation of the second installment on health care technology, coverage, safety and costs  coming up later this week, here is coverage of one of the first trials re: Da Vinci robotic surgery error. http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020918732_robottrialxml.html … Continue reading

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A Correction About Congress and The Death of A Cost Effective Pilot Program

A Correction:  Story about Congress Trying to Exempt Itself from ACA, not entirely true, but there still are shenanigans.  We want to make sure we are giving you accurate information.  Here’s what really happened. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/25/no-congress-isnt-trying-to-exempt-itself-from-obamacare/ The end of a pilot … Continue reading

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A Lot Happened This Week from Fraud Rewards to Congress Trying to Exempt Itself from ACA and 29 states get F in price transparency

In  This Issue:  Disparities in Health Month;  $39 Billion Misdiagnosis Costs;  Fraud Crackdown–$4.2 billion recovered in one year;  Why Health Care Costs are Slowing;  Congress trying to avoid ACA coverage; and states moving part-time workers to Federal Exchange–even here in … Continue reading

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Vermont and Oregon Publish Rates and Approve Insurers; Medicare Costs Straitjacket; Three Seattleites on National Patient-Centered Outcomes Advisory Committees

Busy week and it is only Wednesday:  Vermont first to publish new insurance rates; Oregon approves 22 insurers for its health benefit exchange;  RAND calls for need to re-examine Medicare payments;  Imagine a $1,206 toe nail removal bill; and Seattleites … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Booth Gardner, Governor, Washington State: 1985-1993

In this issue:  In Memoriam; O’ConnorReport Editorial Board Forming;  News from around the web from Oregon Medical Malpractice Revisions to Indian Health Service and  Fraud of the week:  Hospice of Arizona. Booth Gardner We have lost a man with a … Continue reading

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Legislative Malpractice

Nothing Is more terrible than ignorance in action, Goethe With the news that the Senate will not confirm Don Berwick, MD, CMS, Administrator, that expression has moved from ‘ignorance in action’ to ‘maliciousness in action.’ CMS has been leaderless for … Continue reading

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Disposable

They come in all forms—diapers, razor blades, cell phones.   We use them, wear them out and toss them without a thought into the trash to go to some land fill somewhere we will never see.  Hauled off, out of sight. … Continue reading

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