Category Archives: business

The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–You Can’t Build a Ship Unless You Know Its Supposed to Float

Our nation’s endless decades’ old fight about health care has prevented us from even examining what a health system is supposed to do.  Lacking a clear vision, we have been unable to chart a viable much less sustainable course. From … Continue reading

Posted in business, community based care, Economy, health insurance, patients' voice, politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Drug Clinical Trials, Comparative Effectiveness, and much more

In 2013, I ran a 2 column series on how pharmaceutical products are tested and evaluated before going on the market (see link below). In light of the current discussions about drug prices, here are some things you might be … Continue reading

Posted in business, consumer protection, pharmaceutical companies, prescription drugs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Did You Know? New Series on Long-term Care. PART I: Medicare Can’t Negotiate Drug Prices—VA and Medicaid Can

The Presidential election season is once again upon us.  The Affordable Care Act deals with some Medicare issues, but some key ones are not addressed. Pharmaceutical costs and long-term care are two of them.  Here is a question you can … Continue reading

Posted in business, consumer protection, Health Care Reform, medical bankruptcy, Medicare, patients' voice, policy and politics, technology and pharmaceutical costs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Hospital Executive Earn 2014: Linking Compensation, Quality and Accountability

1. Hospital Executive Compensation The Washington State Department of Health’s annual hospital executive compensation report is being released in May and June as data are assembled.  Executive compensation includes: base compensation bonus and incentive compensation other reportable compensation retirement and … Continue reading

Posted in business, consumer protection, hospitals, patients' voice | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Follow the Money! Two articles hot off the press from Modern Health Care

“Controversially, free-standing ERs in many states don’t have to accept Medicare and Medicaid. Their ability to cherry-pick patients would essentially divert older and lower-income patients toward traditional hospital ERs. Also, building a free-standing ER often doesn’t require a certificate of need. … Continue reading

Posted in business, consumer protection, Economy, emergency rooms, hospitals, Medicare | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some Good News on Health Care Horizon!

This agreement isn’t perfect but it’s a start:   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/opinion/keep-patients-healthy-and-doctors-sane.html emc=edit_th_20150416&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=54404043 It matters because:  Health Care is a foreign country– with incomprehensible language, rules, customs, bills and money:  Medicare can’t negotiate drug prices but the VA can. Health care services have not … Continue reading

Posted in business, consumer protection, Economy, Health Care Reform, health insurance, Medicare, policy and politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uninsured Rate Drops–But HOT Issues Remain Ahead

The Gallup Poll reported today (4/13/15) that the number of uninsured dropped to its lowest point since 2008. Read the Gallup story here:  http://www.gallup.com/poll/182348/uninsured-rate-dips-first-quarter.aspx?utm_source=Well-Being&utm_medium=newsfeed&utm_campaign=tiles This is wonderful news.  BUT.  The biggest fight looms ahead with the Cadillac Tax and potential … Continue reading

Posted in business, Economy, Health Care Reform, health insurance | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If You Wondered Why I titled the book: The Buck Still Stops Nowhere–Just read this

United’s CEO salary  and compensation speaks for itself. See below. Pharmaceutical profits have gone from 18.6% in 1999 to over 44% now–this the most profitable industry in the country even over banking and financial interests.  This is why you should … Continue reading

Posted in business, consumer protection, Health Care Reform, health insurance, medical bankruptcy, Medicare, policy and politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

European companies financing American health mergers? Under the Radar??

Professional contract physician groups are growing, profitable and attracting foreign investors.   A short article was sent to me from Oregon about one such group. The last few paragraphs peaked my interest. “Sound” refers to Sound Physicians. Italics are mine: “In the past year, Sound has … Continue reading

Posted in business, Economy, health insurance, hospitals | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment