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A Place for Your Voice and A Chance to be Heard–From the Heart Again

In 1995, I interviewed the President of the Kaiser Family Foundation for an article in HMO Magazine, which was published by the Group Health Association of America.  The issues about about a public voice are depressingly the same! “Unless we … Continue reading

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$10,000 Health Design Contestant Creates Model for Colorado

In 2002, I sponsored a $10,000 contest to build an American health system.  We held the contest then built CodeBlueNow! to assure the public had a voice in reform: www.codebluenow.org. We closed our doors in 2010 with the passage of the … Continue reading

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Personal Impacts of Long-term Care; Coming Up–another view of personal aging care–this time for Tribal Elders

Caring for One or More Aging Parents: Some Personal Stories Taking initiative, a friend who was caring for several parents–some of whom lived out of town and on both coasts- started a blog so caregivers could share their insights, concerns … Continue reading

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Changing Aging Care: Personal, not Institutional Care–What Can Be Done and What You Can Do; and my new advisory and board appointments

The Limits Of Medicare “Medicare is great for medical care, but it simply does not cover the support and personal care services that frail elderly people need. The current system cannot support those needs—the way we pay for care is … Continue reading

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What You May Not Know About Medicare Could Hurt You

If You Think Medicare Covers All Aging Needs Think again. Medicare is Medical Care. It covers physician care, hospital care, post-acute care (care after a hospital stay), such as a skilled nursing facility or home health care for rehabilitation. In … Continue reading

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A New Direction for O’ConnorReport: ACA “Watch Dog” and new Showcases of Success

The Supreme Court’s decision validates the core of the Affordable Care Act.  Still much more remains to assure safety, quality and value (bang for the buck). To date, I have focused on the systems’ ills. What we heard loud and … Continue reading

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Insurers Consolidate and Merge and A Quick History of Health Care Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

No matter what the Supreme Court Decides Much remains to be done.  Insurance is regulated at the state level.  Even if subsidies are approved, more fights remain ahead.  http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/NHE-Fact-Sheet.html Insurance company consolidation: “Merger activity is heating up now because the … Continue reading

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Non Profit Hospital Profits Double–But There are Tools You Can Use

Non-Profit Hospital ‘profits’ have doubled in the last decade. Don’t give up hope!  There are tools we can use. 1) Non-profit hospitals must report executive compensation to the IRS on Form 990 Schedule J.  Washington state reports their compensation annually. This is public … Continue reading

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American Health Policy, the Commercialization of Non-Profits and the Affordable Care Act

When Americans think of non-profit organizations we usually think of charitable organizations serving our communities, such as our non-profit hospitals.  An eye opening article by Dr. Daniel M. Fox, President Emeritus, The Milbank Memorial Fund, however, (http://www.milbank.org/), lays bare the … Continue reading

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O’ConnorReport featured in”Must Reads” on Linkedin; first books are printing–order now; finally–new Medicare ID coming

The O’ConnorReport  was featured in Linkedin’s Must Read list:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/more-good-news-health-care-kathleen-o-connor?trk=eml-b2_content_ecosystem_digest-network_publishes-249-null&midToken=AQG9xKY8gS1irQ&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=11ICjH3uK7zCI1 The Buck Still Stops Nowhere is finished. The first books are being printed. All books are all print-on-demand until I have finalized contract arrangements with a book distributor and digital … Continue reading

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