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Uninsured Rate Drops–But HOT Issues Remain Ahead

The Gallup Poll reported today (4/13/15) that the number of uninsured dropped to its lowest point since 2008. Read the Gallup story here:  http://www.gallup.com/poll/182348/uninsured-rate-dips-first-quarter.aspx?utm_source=Well-Being&utm_medium=newsfeed&utm_campaign=tiles This is wonderful news.  BUT.  The biggest fight looms ahead with the Cadillac Tax and potential … Continue reading

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The Buck Still Stops Nowhere–Why I Had To Write It–Excepts from the Introduction

The Buck Still Stops Nowhere: third edition Introduction I am stunningly lucky to be alive. I suffered a stroke in January 2014 but my type of stroke has an 80 to 90 percent recovery rate.  I was on the floor … Continue reading

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The Buck STILL Stops Nowhere–order now–Here’s Why; Coming Next–Big Changes for Hospitals

The Buck Still Stops Nowhere If you ever wondered why you must read the new The Buck Still Stops Nowhere, just read the stories below.  Open the link and scroll down to related stories on pre-existing conditions and other attempts to get around … 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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How Businesses Fared in Massachusetts; Drug Companies Payment to Physicians; Rush Out and Read; Berwick for Governor; and Egan on Health Care

In 2006, Massachusetts passed health care legislation that is remarkably similar to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Like the ACA, the Massachusetts law focused on expanding health insurance for all the state’s 6.5 million residents. Key provisions of the law … Continue reading

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When is a Hospital Not an Employer? and Re-thinking How We Pay for services and technologies–changing the health care payment paradigm?

Are some hospitals not employers?  An interesting case is on the horizon in Washington State.  The case is Larry Ockletree vs. Franciscan Health System. (#88218-5) and revolves around an employee who was dismissed after he had a stroke.  He asked … Continue reading

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