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Curmudgeon's Corner

cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner

A Couple Of Things...

Military, Politics, People Making A Difference, U.S., Quality of Life

A couple of things are at the top of mind this morning:

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The "Oregon Opportunity"

Politics, Quality of Life, U.S., People Making A Difference

 I cannot recall any time prior to this when a prospective Presidential visit has been as vocally spurned as the intended Obama visit to Roseburg, OR.  That of course is the scene of the shooting on October 1st where nine were killed and nine were wounded.

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Confront or Ignore?

Economy, Employment, Healthcare, Politics, Quality of Life, Taxes, U.S.

Many of us have heard of the ‘Cadillac tax’, as it is called, that is part of Obamacare (the inappropriately named Affordable Care Act).  That tax is designed to hit those with ‘rich’ health care benefit plans.  It assesses a significant penalty tax to discourage employers from retaining the health plans that cover most ‘everything’ from first dollar forward.  Those typically have been thought of as being the plans negotiated and/or sponsored by unions for their members, although some non-union employers use very generous health plans, also.

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The New Disease Classification System?

People Making A Difference, Quality of Life, Healthcare, Humor

The International Classification of Diseases iteration 10 (ICD-10) is now in effect.  It has increased the potential for reporting from a mere 13,000 +/- to some 68,000 +/- different items.  This has caused some concern for providers as well as for payers given the increase in complexity.  Given the lag in claim filing by providers, the results of the conversion to ICD-10 will not begin to be available for some time, but the level of detail, as shown by examples below, makes you wonder just who built this thing and if it was really necessary to go to this extreme.

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Are You Serious?

Wisconsin, Politics, People Making A Difference

The Journal Sentinel editorial group today opined that Gov. Walker should NOT name a person to fill the vacant Wisconsin Supreme Court seat unless that person is not going to run for the seat during the coming election cycle, apparently since the act of naming would constitute an endorsement of the person named.

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