Category Archives: hospitals

Best Wishes for Holidays and New Year: Two Specials–Privatized Medicare My Story

Privatizing Medicare: I was the Medicare Marketing Director for a for-profit HMO in the late 1980’s, early 1990’s.  Coming up will be my inside story of  lessons learned and  how the first attempt to privatize Medicare played out and left … Continue reading

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Under the Radar: Foreign Investments in Our Health Care

The debate over universal coverage vs. the marketplace rages on, but little attention has been paid to  foreign investment in our health care system. Investments and ownership range from physician practices, to hospital systems and now home health and hospice … Continue reading

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When the System Works

I have long been a critic of our health care system. I remain a critic of the system itself, as I believe it serves neither patient nor provider well with all its rules, rates, eligibility, networks, access, coverage and too … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–How the New Hospital Community Outreach Requirements Can Be A Win/Win for You and the Hospital

Systemic investment in community health has not always been a high priority for many hospitals. With the Affordable Care Act all non-profit hospitals must now assess community health needs and develop a strategic and periodic plan to meet those needs. … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience– $40 million executive bonus and what $40 million could cover

 Health care is a top issue in the presidential race, but unmentioned is the $40. 2 million Golden Parachute for Humana’s CEO if the proposed merger with Aetna is approved.  “Humana CEO Bruce Broussard is primed for a huge payday. … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–2—Blockades vs. Building Blocks

Health Care Reform and Its Blockades We have been fighting over state vs. federal regulation of insurance since 1869 when the Supreme Court ruled that “issuing a policy of insurance is not a transaction of commerce.” When Teddy Roosevelt introduced … Continue reading

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$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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A New Direction for O’ConnorReport: ACA “Watch Dog” and new Showcases of Success

The Supreme Court’s decision validates the core of the Affordable Care Act.  Still much more remains to assure safety, quality and value (bang for the buck). To date, I have focused on the systems’ ills. What we heard loud and … Continue reading

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Insurers Consolidate and Merge and A Quick History of Health Care Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

No matter what the Supreme Court Decides Much remains to be done.  Insurance is regulated at the state level.  Even if subsidies are approved, more fights remain ahead.  http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NHE-Fact-Sheet.html Insurance company consolidation: “Merger activity is heating up now because the … Continue reading

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Non Profit Hospital Profits Double–But There are Tools You Can Use

Non-Profit Hospital ‘profits’ have doubled in the last decade. Don’t give up hope!  There are tools we can use. 1) Non-profit hospitals must report executive compensation to the IRS on Form 990 Schedule J.  Washington state reports their compensation annually. This is public … Continue reading

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