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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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The Buck Still Stops Nowhere–Why I Had To Write It–Excepts from the Introduction

The Buck Still Stops Nowhere: third edition Introduction I am stunningly lucky to be alive. I suffered a stroke in January 2014 but my type of stroke has an 80 to 90 percent recovery rate.  I was on the floor … Continue reading

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Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Fines and IRS Status; What One Hospital Did; and Hospital Quality Surveys

The final rules were issued in December  2014 for hospital Community Health Needs Assessments (CHANs)as part of the Affordable Care Act. Failure to meet these criteria can lead to both a $50,000 fine and possible loss of the hospital’s 501©(3) non-profit … 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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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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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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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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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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Disposable

They come in all forms—diapers, razor blades, cell phones.   We use them, wear them out and toss them without a thought into the trash to go to some land fill somewhere we will never see.  Hauled off, out of sight. … Continue reading

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National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategies

The current Integrator Blog looks at a new study from Group Health Cooperative on including CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) providers in patient satisfaction and health outcomes.   See the story and a link to the article http://theintegratorblog.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=724&Itemid=189 The timing is … Continue reading

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