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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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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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Want Health Care Accountability? Here’s What is Possible.

Washington State does it again:  First state to require hospitals to report executive salaries in June 2013. The blog I wrote about that is still read daily. The report is updated annually. Here is the first blog on that topic:  http://oconnorreport.com/2013/06/what-hospital-executives-earn/  There … 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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Some Good News on Health Care Horizon!

This agreement isn’t perfect but it’s a start:   http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/opinion/keep-patients-healthy-and-doctors-sane.html emc=edit_th_20150416&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=54404043 It matters because:  Health Care is a foreign country– with incomprehensible language, rules, customs, bills and money:  Medicare can’t negotiate drug prices but the VA can. Health care services have not … Continue reading

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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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If You Wondered Why I titled the book: The Buck Still Stops Nowhere–Just read this

United’s CEO salary  and compensation speaks for itself. See below. Pharmaceutical profits have gone from 18.6% in 1999 to over 44% now–this the most profitable industry in the country even over banking and financial interests.  This is why you should … Continue reading

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“IT Depends”–Why America’s Health Care IS All Dollars and No Sense–And What YOU Can Do

 Why America’s Health Care is All Dollars and No Sense and What You Can Do © (excerpt–page 5)   “A Clear Concise Guide to America’s Health Care” Health Care is foreign territory. Unlike foreign countries there is no embassy or safe … Continue reading

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