Category Archives: emergency rooms

Interesting Stories on ER Costs and More

I am in the throes of moving, but I found this article of interest, especially since it originates with a hospital north of Spokane, Washington. Not quite in my backyard, but close enough to be of interest.  I don’t have … Continue reading

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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

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Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Fines and IRS Status; What One Hospital Did; and Hospital Quality Surveys

The final rules were issued in December  2014 for hospital Community Health Needs Assessments (CHANs)as part of the Affordable Care Act. Failure to meet these criteria can lead to both a $50,000 fine and possible loss of the hospital’s 501©(3) non-profit … Continue reading

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Gifts From A Stroke: A Hard Look At America’s Health Care–Chapter One

This begins my story and my hard look at America’s health care.  Why I write this is in the preface and at the end of this chapter.  It is not just my story.  There are other voices that will be … Continue reading

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Gifts From A Stroke: A Hard Look At America’s Health Care–What’s Ahead

Six months have passed since my stroke.  I have successfully graduated from all my therapies. For 30 years I have been a professional health care consumer advocate.  As such my passion has been to give people a voice in our … Continue reading

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I Have No Business Being Alive, But I Am and I’m Back: Accountability

Today marks either the day I had my stroke or the day I fell  unconscious on the floor for  nearly three days before being rushed to Harborview.  EMT’s, Harborview and friends  saved my life. I am writing a book now … Continue reading

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And now a little more about the full story: Why Are Hospitals Really Changing Billing Status?? and Keep Your Eye on Maryland

A story ran Thursday night (1/9/14) about the new billing code at American hospitals, called “observation care.”  I hope you can open this without the accompanying commercial ad.  Basically, the story is about the problem of the new billing code … Continue reading

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Shrinking Health Care Networks on Exchanges, Expensive out of Network Costs, Local Hospitals Not Passing Quality Standards, Problems with Post Hospital Costs for Medicare, and more

While everyone is focusing on whether or not Healthcare.gov is going to work,  there are other significant issues about access that must be addressed.   A critical issues is who is in the networks offered in the insurance exchange products. … Continue reading

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Feds Propose Major Shakeup of ER Billing; New research on Cadillac Tax; Virtual Health Care Expanding; $3.6 million in Life Sciences Grants; Deaths from Drug Resistant Germs; Showdown over ACA and Economy; Even Forbes Thinks ACA Will Help Small Businesses; Most States Expand Medicaid After All; and The Brain and Pain

In a major turnaround of allowed charges, the Feds want to change how hospitals are paid for ER and related care:  http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/09/13/13420/feds-propose-shakeup-emergency-room-billing?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=watchdog&utm_medium=publici-email A first research study on the impact of the upcoming ACA Cadillac Tax coming in 2018:   http://www.healthaffairs.org/healthpolicybriefs/brief.php?brief_id=99 Franciscans expand … Continue reading

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New Consumer Reports Ranks Hospitals on Safety; 2,225 Hospitals Fined for Readmissions; Behind the Scenes look at Quality, Outcomes and Physician Pay; and Now Drug and Medical Device Companies Must Report Financial Ties to Physicians and Hospitals

While the press focuses on exchanges and ACA enrollment and rates, much behind the scenes activities promise to transform health care.  Pricing and payment changes promise greater transparency, and now add to that transparency, the new move to shed light on … Continue reading

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