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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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Aging And Your Family: Finding The Systems that Work

Introduction:   As we gather with family and friends on this celebration of our national independence, let’s think on independence and quality of life as we or our family members age. Despite harping about the flaws of our health care system … 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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Did You Know? New Series on Long-term Care. PART I: Medicare Can’t Negotiate Drug Prices—VA and Medicaid Can

The Presidential election season is once again upon us.  The Affordable Care Act deals with some Medicare issues, but some key ones are not addressed. Pharmaceutical costs and long-term care are two of them.  Here is a question you can … Continue reading

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What Hospital Executive Earn 2014: Linking Compensation, Quality and Accountability

1. Hospital Executive Compensation The Washington State Department of Health’s annual hospital executive compensation report is being released in May and June as data are assembled.  Executive compensation includes: base compensation bonus and incentive compensation other reportable compensation retirement and … 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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