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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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Charitable Assests from Non-profit conversions; Medical Errors Understated? and interesting facts on doctors and patients

There were major virulent battles over conversion of non-profit insurers to for-profit. http://www.communitycatalyst.org/doc-store/publications/conversion_and_preservation_of_charitable_assets_of_blue_cross_and_blue_shield_plans_mar04.pdf An emerging issue is the purchase/merger of non-profit hospitals by private, for-profit hospitals.  According to the January 19, 2015 Industry Insights from the Cain Brothers, this consolidation has attracted … Continue reading

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Health Care for the Economy

I have recently compiled my columns from The Seattle Times from 2000 to 2004.  http://oconnorreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/kathleens-selected-columns-2000-04-final.pdf I am re-printing below one of them which I thought was of particular interest.  It ran in October 2003. We would have to change only a few … Continue reading

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CCMC: Ways to Pay for Care 1932

 This post was erroneously omitted from the series.  In earlier blogs, we noted that the CCMC wanted a health care system founded on community health centers organized around a hospital and managed by a citizen/public non-profit board of directors. But, … Continue reading

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CCMC: Philosophy Behind the Final Recommendations: 1932

Note:  These principles were a complete surprise to me.  It was a surprise in terms of the thoughtfulness of these principles; the recognition of the limitations of the recommendations; and their heartfelt tone.  We would be well served now to … Continue reading

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Crocodile Tears

As we enter this new 2011 political arena with Republican vows to repeal or dismantle “ObamaCare,” I need to weigh in on the subject. I am a writer. I record. I am not a nurse, a doctor or anyone who … Continue reading

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Ultimate Objective in Organization of Care: CCMC 1932

We moved to a new blog software and then had a computer repair issue, which is why your copy of the O’ConnorReport did not arrive last week. I hope you like our new format. There will be one more O’ConnorReport … Continue reading

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CCMC: Ultimate Objective in the Organization of Medicine

Last week we looked at the Committee’s recommendation. In this e-mail, we flesh out how they thought an ideal medical services system should be organized. The Committee thought it was important to have a clear vision of a goal for … Continue reading

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From Fee for Service to Salary, Coordination and Planning

More of Our Continuing Series on the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care, 1932 Distribution of Costs and Fee for Service Health Care:   The Committee consistently found in all its studies, that the key problem was the uneven distribution … Continue reading

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The Approach That Damned the Report

The Report noted that most physicians were in private practice and each individual physician was responsible for the quality of services he rendered. It also noted, however, that new ways to provide care were emerging.  The first was the rapidly … Continue reading

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