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Washington State Health Exchange Exceeds 2018 Projections

The Bi-Partisan Alliance for Health Reform in Washington DC features Washington State’s Health Exchange.  Washington State’s enrollment to date exceeded its 2018 projections.  See:  http://www.allhealth.org/  (September 2014) Coming Soon: • Individual Stories: Gifts From A Stroke: A Hard Look At … Continue reading

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Health Care Technology, Innovation and Costs: Who Decides??

In June 2013, we raised the question about who decides coverage for health care technology, medications and devices. We even looked at the role of venture capital firms in health care treatments and their costs. http://oconnorreport.com/2013/06/special-report-worth-the-cost-and-benefit-drugs-and-devices-who-decides/ If there were a … Continue reading

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Gifts From A Stroke: A Hard Look At America’s Health Care–Chapter One

This begins my story and my hard look at America’s health care.  Why I write this is in the preface and at the end of this chapter.  It is not just my story.  There are other voices that will be … Continue reading

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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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