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Under the Radar: Foreign Investments in Our Health Care

The debate over universal coverage vs. the marketplace rages on, but little attention has been paid to  foreign investment in our health care system. Investments and ownership range from physician practices, to hospital systems and now home health and hospice … Continue reading

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Hospital CEO Compensation and Community Benefit: Where is Accountability?

In June, we reported on hospital CEO Compensation in Washington State.  The compensation—as self reported by the hospitals to the Washington State Department of Health in May 2013—showed a wide range. The top four CEOs were: Gary Kaplan, MD, Virginia … Continue reading

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What Hospital Executives Earn

This year was the first year that hospitals in Washington State were required to report their executives’ compensation.  I did not conduct this research independently. The figures herein are what the hospitals themselves reported to the Department of Health.  The … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Health Care Payment Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Some of the more remarkable elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are the numerous provisions on quality and outcomes and their impact on how we will pay for health care.  How we pay for health care has been a … Continue reading

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Legislative Malpractice

Nothing Is more terrible than ignorance in action, Goethe With the news that the Senate will not confirm Don Berwick, MD, CMS, Administrator, that expression has moved from ‘ignorance in action’ to ‘maliciousness in action.’ CMS has been leaderless for … 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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Some thoughts about Medicare Advantage and Medicare HMO’s

This op-ed originally ran in The Seattle Times in July 2000.  At that time, the Medicare HMO’s were being dumped in droves.  When thinking about changes in Medicare now and the Medicare Advantage program–the same thing is going to happen.  … Continue reading

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A terrific resource

If our health care system were simple, it might be easier to make out what is happening legislatively and who is and who isn’t impacted by the Affordable Care Act.  For health care policy novices, there is a law called … Continue reading

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CCMC Final Recommendations: 1932

The CCMC’s final report summarized its earlier findings and recommendations, but it added a new fifth recommendation that would be the final nail in the coffin of the Committee’s work:  Education.  The CCMC believed a group practice model would wholly … Continue reading

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