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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call to Conscience–You Can’t Build a Ship Unless You Know Its Supposed to Float

Our nation’s endless decades’ old fight about health care has prevented us from even examining what a health system is supposed to do.  Lacking a clear vision, we have been unable to chart a viable much less sustainable course. From … Continue reading

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Some Good News on Health Care Horizon!

This agreement isn’t perfect but it’s a start:   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/opinion/keep-patients-healthy-and-doctors-sane.html emc=edit_th_20150416&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=54404043 It matters because:  Health Care is a foreign country– with incomprehensible language, rules, customs, bills and money:  Medicare can’t negotiate drug prices but the VA can. Health care services have not … 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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It’s 1965: Contraceptives Now Legal for Married Couples

Contraceptives were not universally legal for married couples until a 1965  US Supreme Court Decision.   The Court gave a constitutional right to married couples to use contraceptives in Griswold vs. Connecticut:  http://family.findlaw.com/reproductive-rights/griswold-v-connecticut-and-the-right-to-contraceptives.html In 1999 I was engaged in a … Continue reading

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Shrinking Health Care Networks on Exchanges, Expensive out of Network Costs, Local Hospitals Not Passing Quality Standards, Problems with Post Hospital Costs for Medicare, and more

While everyone is focusing on whether or not Healthcare.gov is going to work,  there are other significant issues about access that must be addressed.   A critical issues is who is in the networks offered in the insurance exchange products. … Continue reading

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Transparency vs. Accountability: Washington State $3.4 Million Grant to Study Price Transparency

Washington State was just awarded a $3.4 million grant to fund a public/private partnership to examine health care price transparency. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/health-care-inc/2013/10/washington-wins-34-million-to.html Specifically, the Washington State Office of Financial Management, the Health Care Authority, and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner … 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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Hospital CEO Compensation and Community Benefit: Where is Accountability?

In June, we reported on hospital CEO Compensation in Washington State.  The compensation—as self reported by the hospitals to the Washington State Department of Health in May 2013—showed a wide range. The top four CEOs were: Gary Kaplan, MD, Virginia … 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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Businesses and Health Care Reform

 Read below to learn about employer size and health care reform; some conflicts of interest and an overview of the impact on small businesses by the Center for Insurance Policy and Research, in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. (www … Continue reading

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