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Legislative Malpractice

Nothing Is more terrible than ignorance in action, Goethe With the news that the Senate will not confirm Don Berwick, MD, CMS, Administrator, that expression has moved from ‘ignorance in action’ to ‘maliciousness in action.’ CMS has been leaderless for … 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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National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategies

The current Integrator Blog looks at a new study from Group Health Cooperative on including CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) providers in patient satisfaction and health outcomes.   See the story and a link to the article http://theintegratorblog.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=724&Itemid=189 The timing is … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about Medicare Advantage and Medicare HMO’s

This op-ed originally ran in The Seattle Times in July 2000.  At that time, the Medicare HMO’s were being dumped in droves.  When thinking about changes in Medicare now and the Medicare Advantage program–the same thing is going to happen.  … 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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CCMC: Philosophy Behind the Final Recommendations: 1932

Note:  These principles were a complete surprise to me.  It was a surprise in terms of the thoughtfulness of these principles; the recognition of the limitations of the recommendations; and their heartfelt tone.  We would be well served now to … Continue reading

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