Category Archives: health promotioin

$10,000 Health Design Contestant Creates Model for Colorado

In 2002, I sponsored a $10,000 contest to build an American health system.  We held the contest then built CodeBlueNow! to assure the public had a voice in reform: www.codebluenow.org. We closed our doors in 2010 with the passage of the … Continue reading

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It’s 1965: Contraceptives Now Legal for Married Couples

Contraceptives were not universally legal for married couples until a 1965  US Supreme Court Decision.   The Court gave a constitutional right to married couples to use contraceptives in Griswold vs. Connecticut:  http://family.findlaw.com/reproductive-rights/griswold-v-connecticut-and-the-right-to-contraceptives.html In 1999 I was engaged in a … Continue reading

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New Washington State Innovation Model (SIM) Grant; Lessons from IPAs and PHOs for Smaller Physician Practices; New Medical Malpractice Toolkit

Washington One of Three States to Receive Innovation Model Grant:  Plan to Create  Multi-Payer Payment and Health Care Delivery System:  Washington is one of only three states to receive a SIM Pre-Testing Award. The grant will enable state health care … Continue reading

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Washington State Leads on Cost, Safety and Outcomes

This is an excellent article about what we approve, how we approve medical devices and medical procedures.   This is a far longer article than the one we wrote on the approval process for drugs and devices.  It focuses on … Continue reading

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Special Report: Worth the Cost and Benefit? Drugs and Devices–Who Decides?

This is a second of a two part series on health care technology costs, benefits, effectiveness and safety.  At $152 million dollars, a new cancer proton therapy facility sits on the campus of Northwest Hospital in Seattle, Washington, a joint … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Challenge to Catholic Hospital Mergers in Washington State, Medicare Solvency and More

Challenge of Catholic Hospital Systems and affiliations/purchase of publicly funded hospitals in Washington State. The ACLU and 10 Women’s Organizations sent a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee on May 31st, requesting a moratorium on any additional purchases/alliances of Catholic … Continue reading

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Special Report: Health Care as Creed, Greed and Compensation

Introduction:  Listening to all the debates, accounts and news about the Affordable Care Act took me back to my  book:  The Buck Stops Nowhere:  Why America’s Health Care Is All Dollars and No Sense, first published in 2001. In Chapter 4, … 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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Calculate your new insurance costs, WA State Hospital CEO Compensation report due, Patient safety concerns, and more

Also in this issue:  Medicaid Expansion Problems, New Lawsuit against the ACA and Questions if medical device products coming to market too fast.   Calculate your new insurance costs Find out what your insurance will cost using the calculator from … 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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