Tag Archives: patient safety

Drug Ads Coming on Facebook!

Yes, drug advertising is coming to Facebook and its new Facebook Health initiative.   Congress allowed direct to consumer advertising in 1997.  Before that time they were not allowed to do so.  One way to try to ‘control’ drug costs … Continue reading

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National Contest for Patient Stories: $1,000 first place (new website under construction)

The national Patient View Institute in conjunction with the Leapfrog Group is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Patient’s View Impact Award. www.GoPVI.org , www.leapfroggroup.org The award is for patient stories that can change health care for the better.  All stories must be told by patients … Continue reading

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Patient Safety Series; Tax Dollars for Health Care; Medicaid and Long-term Care

My book is at the printer and should be ready by the end of the month–topics include among other things an historical chart of health care reform “efforts” and the cost containment backfires of approaches and counter approaches.  The book is short and … Continue reading

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My Gratitude and Our Necessary Work Ahead

 I’ve heard too many stories for too many years. My recovery gave me profound gratitude for the gift of life. My stroke also strengthened my voice and my resolve. I cannot remain silent as attempts are made to eviscerate The … Continue reading

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New Consumer Reports Ranks Hospitals on Safety; 2,225 Hospitals Fined for Readmissions; Behind the Scenes look at Quality, Outcomes and Physician Pay; and Now Drug and Medical Device Companies Must Report Financial Ties to Physicians and Hospitals

While the press focuses on exchanges and ACA enrollment and rates, much behind the scenes activities promise to transform health care.  Pricing and payment changes promise greater transparency, and now add to that transparency, the new move to shed light on … Continue reading

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Washington State Leads on Cost, Safety and Outcomes

This is an excellent article about what we approve, how we approve medical devices and medical procedures.   This is a far longer article than the one we wrote on the approval process for drugs and devices.  It focuses on … 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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Calculate your new insurance costs, WA State Hospital CEO Compensation report due, Patient safety concerns, and more

Also in this issue:  Medicaid Expansion Problems, New Lawsuit against the ACA and Questions if medical device products coming to market too fast.   Calculate your new insurance costs Find out what your insurance will cost using the calculator from … Continue reading

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More Calls for Physician Payment Reform and Fresh News from the Web

From payment reform and patient safety to health care coverage implications for ethnic groups and minorities, open enrollment for children in Washington State. And 45 minutes to complete an HHS insurance form?  Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Calls for Payment Reform … Continue reading

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