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Congress Tackles Drug Prices: Much Bipartisan Support; and Recent Trends in Drug Costs Here and What Other Countries Pay

Finally it looks like Congress might just re-visit Medicare Part D and let Medicare negotiate rates with drug companies.   See charts below: http://www.statnews.com/2015/12/01/stat-harvard-drug-prices-poll/  The VA and Medicaid can negotiate rates. Senate Special Committee on Aging holds drug costs hearing December … 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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It’s Been A Year: I’m Back; Excerpt: Creed and Greed–The Buck Stops Nowhere; medical bills and housing foreclosures equal population of Texas and Florida

It’s been one year since my stroke (Jan. 19, 2014). I am back with new insights and a re-doubled commitment to consumer advocacy.  I am working on the 3rd Edition of The Buck Stops Nowhere.  Here is an excerpt from the 2nd … Continue reading

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Theo’s Story, Medical Bankruptcy and Proposed New Hospital Consumer Protections: Next Must Read Books for 2015

We read headlines about medical bills and bankruptcies.  We will take a look now at what happens to some people.  Gerrit was ‘lucky.’  He had a house he could borrow against and he eventually recovered enough to return to work … Continue reading

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Gifts From A Stroke: A Veteran’s Cancer Story

In the last post Gerrit said he had to take a loan against his house.  He had health insurance but he could not work.  He had mortgage and living costs in addition to medical.  Social Security will enroll people in … 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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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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We Must Find a Better Way

Please read the important article below about pricing of pharmaceutical products.  The issue, however,  is not just pharmaceutical products.  We ran a story in this blog in April about the high costs of some other therapies and how venture capital … 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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