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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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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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My Recovery and the Road Ahead

Hello, I just learned this week that my outlook is exceptionally good.  My neurologist said I should have nearly a 100% recovery.  That said, I have to pace myself and not rush headlong into life, as I am prone to … Continue reading

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I Survived: You and Your Family Can Too

Dear Readers, You have not heard from me since January because I had a major stroke.  It was most probably January 19th, but I was found and taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center on January 21st. I was in … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Judge Allows Class Action Suit Against Swedish Hospital ER Overcharges

In the interest of our continuing reporting on price transparency and accountability, here is an interesting breaking story. correction:  the original story posted the Judge’s decision as July 31, 2013.  The correct date is:  July 2, 2013, which has now … 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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Special Report: When Consumer Protection Isn’t There III: WE WON and Comment Period on Essential Health Benefits Ends April 22.

 We won!!   Thanks to an intrepid staff attorney at the  Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC).  Esther and I had given up all hope that she would be reinstated with her long term care insurance company  when  Alan … Continue reading

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More Calls for Physician Payment Reform and Fresh News from the Web

From payment reform and patient safety to health care coverage implications for ethnic groups and minorities, open enrollment for children in Washington State. And 45 minutes to complete an HHS insurance form?  Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Calls for Payment Reform … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Health Care Payment Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Some of the more remarkable elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are the numerous provisions on quality and outcomes and their impact on how we will pay for health care.  How we pay for health care has been a … Continue reading

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Affordable Care Act: Challenges to Access

The Accountable Care Act (ACA) is in high gear in Washington State.   CityClub in Seattle held a forum on December 3rd about what the ACA promises for health care access.    The speakers included:  Teresita Batayola, CEO, International Community Health … Continue reading

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