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When the System Works

I have long been a critic of our health care system. I remain a critic of the system itself, as I believe it serves neither patient nor provider well with all its rules, rates, eligibility, networks, access, coverage and too … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Listening

The Power of Communication:  Kathleen O’Connor Public Member, Medical Quality Assurance Commission, Washington State “How many children do you have?” were the first words the doctor said when I arrived at the hospital. My son was in a devastating car … Continue reading

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The American Health Care Machine and You: A Call To Conscience not Calculators

The American Health Care Machine and You:  A Call to Conscience not Calculators ©.    Our health care system fails us.  It fails us not only as patients it fails the many health professionals who are also victims of the rules, … 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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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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“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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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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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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Another Under the Radar ACA Battle: Who Can Be a Provider?

The article I am quoting right now is from The Huffington Post, largely labeled as a “liberal” press. I usually do not quote from publications that can be labeled ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ I know The Huffington Post is considered liberal.  But … 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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