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Gifts From A Stroke: A Hard Look At America’s Health Care–What’s Ahead

Six months have passed since my stroke.  I have successfully graduated from all my therapies. For 30 years I have been a professional health care consumer advocate.  As such my passion has been to give people a voice in our … 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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I Have No Business Being Alive, But I Am and I’m Back: Accountability

Today marks either the day I had my stroke or the day I fell  unconscious on the floor for  nearly three days before being rushed to Harborview.  EMT’s, Harborview and friends  saved my life. I am writing a book now … Continue reading

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CEO Compensation Revisited

A recent New York Times article focused on the real cost in health care–Administrator and Executive Salaries.  We looked at that in 2013 and wondered about accountability?  The issue still remains.  Who holds the boards that set the salaries accountable … Continue reading

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And now a little more about the full story: Why Are Hospitals Really Changing Billing Status?? and Keep Your Eye on Maryland

A story ran Thursday night (1/9/14) about the new billing code at American hospitals, called “observation care.”  I hope you can open this without the accompanying commercial ad.  Basically, the story is about the problem of the new billing code … Continue reading

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Report on Catholic Hospital Mergers

Here are excerpts from www.MergerWatch.org on Catholic Hospital mergers that we reported on earlier this week.  The report seems to be framed as an issue of women’s health, but it is a broader issue that also affects end of life … Continue reading

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Major Report This Week on Catholic Hospital System Mergers and Impact on Reproductive Health and End of Life Care; Health Care Costs and Children’s Poverty and A Promising Program

First, my best wishes to you all for a lovely holiday season with family and friends. Thank you for your patience with me these past several months as a major writing project has kept me from the midst of the … 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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Health care costs slowing, Failing to repeal it, GOP takes new aim at ACA, Medicaid expansion–just write off almost the entire south, while Congress has its own personal exchange

My apologizes for being remiss in sending regular stories and updates.  I have been working on a major writing contract with a series of tight deadlines this month and next.  These recent stories caught my attention, and they should yours. … 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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