Category Archives: technology

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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Health Care Technology, Innovation and Costs: Who Decides??

In June 2013, we raised the question about who decides coverage for health care technology, medications and devices. We even looked at the role of venture capital firms in health care treatments and their costs. http://oconnorreport.com/2013/06/special-report-worth-the-cost-and-benefit-drugs-and-devices-who-decides/ If there were a … Continue reading

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We Must Find a Better Way

Please read the important article below about pricing of pharmaceutical products.  The issue, however,  is not just pharmaceutical products.  We ran a story in this blog in April about the high costs of some other therapies and how venture capital … Continue reading

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Drug Costs, Fast Tracking and Dangers of Some Biologics; Getting Caught in Medical Debt; Continuing Looks Into and Questions about Hospital CEO Salaries; Bree Collaborative Seeks Public Comment on Bundled Payments for Hips and Knees; How the ACA Impacts Employers, and Finally a Survey That Let’s You Object, Abstain and Comment! And Happy Birthday, Dick Spady, 90 YO 10/15!

While health care costs have been slowing, drugs are becoming increasingly expensive. This article raises troubling questions about how we set our pharmaceutical and medical device costs. Even agencies that are supposed to police medicines and devices let the manufacturers … Continue reading

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On The Eve of the ACA Enrollment: There Are Issues Other than Enrollment

Now here is a terrific idea thanks to ConsumerReports!  Demand warranties of medical devices, such as knees and hips,  just as we do for dishwashers, refrigerators and cars. Isn’t something in our bodies, or robots doing things to our bodies, … 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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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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Hot off the Press: Cost of Hospital Errors; DC Brinksmanship on ACA; New Online Coverage Options; Better Patient Safety with Improved Hospital Discharge; Coverage for ‘Alternative’ Providers; Now Is Not the Time to Cut Back on Fraud; And More!

Hot off the Press:  Leapfrog Group’s Calculator to Uncover Costs of Hospital Errors and Readmissions The Leapfrog group has developed a white paper and a calculator that uncover the hidden surcharge Americans pay for hospital errors. “We examine the costs purchasers … 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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