Category Archives: medical bankruptcy

Aging And Your Family: Finding The Systems that Work

Introduction:   As we gather with family and friends on this celebration of our national independence, let’s think on independence and quality of life as we or our family members age. Despite harping about the flaws of our health care system … Continue reading

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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

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Want Health Care Accountability? Here’s What is Possible.

Washington State does it again:  First state to require hospitals to report executive salaries in June 2013. The blog I wrote about that is still read daily. The report is updated annually. Here is the first blog on that topic:  http://oconnorreport.com/2013/06/what-hospital-executives-earn/  There … Continue reading

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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

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The Buck Still Stops Nowhere–Why I Had To Write It–Excepts from the Introduction

The Buck Still Stops Nowhere: third edition Introduction I am stunningly lucky to be alive. I suffered a stroke in January 2014 but my type of stroke has an 80 to 90 percent recovery rate.  I was on the floor … 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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The Buck STILL Stops Nowhere–order now–Here’s Why; Coming Next–Big Changes for Hospitals

The Buck Still Stops Nowhere If you ever wondered why you must read the new The Buck Still Stops Nowhere, just read the stories below.  Open the link and scroll down to related stories on pre-existing conditions and other attempts to get around … Continue reading

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It’s Been A Year: I’m Back; Excerpt: Creed and Greed–The Buck Stops Nowhere; medical bills and housing foreclosures equal population of Texas and Florida

It’s been one year since my stroke (Jan. 19, 2014). I am back with new insights and a re-doubled commitment to consumer advocacy.  I am working on the 3rd Edition of The Buck Stops Nowhere.  Here is an excerpt from the 2nd … Continue reading

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Theo’s Story, Medical Bankruptcy and Proposed New Hospital Consumer Protections: Next Must Read Books for 2015

We read headlines about medical bills and bankruptcies.  We will take a look now at what happens to some people.  Gerrit was ‘lucky.’  He had a house he could borrow against and he eventually recovered enough to return to work … Continue reading

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