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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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Disposable

They come in all forms—diapers, razor blades, cell phones.   We use them, wear them out and toss them without a thought into the trash to go to some land fill somewhere we will never see.  Hauled off, out of sight. … Continue reading

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A terrific resource

If our health care system were simple, it might be easier to make out what is happening legislatively and who is and who isn’t impacted by the Affordable Care Act.  For health care policy novices, there is a law called … Continue reading

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Health Care for the Economy

I have recently compiled my columns from The Seattle Times from 2000 to 2004.  http://oconnorreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/kathleens-selected-columns-2000-04-final.pdf I am re-printing below one of them which I thought was of particular interest.  It ran in October 2003. We would have to change only a few … Continue reading

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Selected Columns

I wrote a column for The Seattle Times for four years.  I compiled them recently only to be astonished how little the issues have changed. You can take the content and change the date, and a few dollar amounts, and … Continue reading

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CCMC Final Recommendations: 1932

The CCMC’s final report summarized its earlier findings and recommendations, but it added a new fifth recommendation that would be the final nail in the coffin of the Committee’s work:  Education.  The CCMC believed a group practice model would wholly … Continue reading

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CCMC: Ways to Pay for Care 1932

 This post was erroneously omitted from the series.  In earlier blogs, we noted that the CCMC wanted a health care system founded on community health centers organized around a hospital and managed by a citizen/public non-profit board of directors. But, … Continue reading

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Crocodile Tears

As we enter this new 2011 political arena with Republican vows to repeal or dismantle “ObamaCare,” I need to weigh in on the subject. I am a writer. I record. I am not a nurse, a doctor or anyone who … Continue reading

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Ultimate Objective in Organization of Care: CCMC 1932

We moved to a new blog software and then had a computer repair issue, which is why your copy of the O’ConnorReport did not arrive last week. I hope you like our new format. There will be one more O’ConnorReport … Continue reading

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CCMC: Ultimate Objective in the Organization of Medicine

Last week we looked at the Committee’s recommendation. In this e-mail, we flesh out how they thought an ideal medical services system should be organized. The Committee thought it was important to have a clear vision of a goal for … Continue reading

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