The Buck Stops Nowhere, Second Edition

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In THE BUCK STOPS NOWHERE, Kathleen O’Connor lays bare the complex problems in America’s health care system and leads to a path toward change. Far from being dry and dreary, THE BUCK STOPS NOWHERE is written to be consumer friendly and offers juicy background and historical perspective, clever delineation of the diverse and competing stakeholders, and tell-it-like-it-is honesty as to how to effect change. O’Connor’s frank style, impressive credentials, inventive suggestions, and willingness to say what needs to be said make THE BUCK STOPS NOWHERE not just an interesting read but a call to arms. A comprehensive guide to books, associations, and other resources is included.

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Kathleen O’Connor has emerged as one of the most courageous and knowledgeable voices about the health care industry. Her credentials are impressive. Over the past twenty years, she has garnered experience in numerous sectors of the health care industry: a bureaucrat and administrator at the University of Washington; a Medicare marketing and sales executive at a for-profit HMO; the founder of and executive director for a nonprofit organization; and an entrepreneur, watchdog, and investigative publisher monitoring the health care industry.

With degrees in Japanese and Comparative Governments, Kathleen speaks three languages: English, Japanese, and Health Care. Her ability to translate complicated health care information into consumer-friendly language has made her a popular speaker and widely read author, locally and nationally. Her works include: a monthly column for the editorial page of The Seattle Times and cover stories in Healthcare Infomatics, InfoCare, HealthPlan Magazine, HMO Magazine, and Washington CEO; articles in Business and Health, Managed Care Journal, Journal of Employee Benefits, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Diversity Business News; and opinion pieces in The Puget Sound Business Journal and the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

Kathleen has also been featured in national magazines, such as the Dow Jones’ Career Journal, Click Chicks, Glamour Magazine, and Women’s Day, among others. She is a paid published poet and the publisher of the O’Connor Report: Insights and Commentaries on Health Care Today. Her Glossary of Health Care Terms and Definitions is in its third printing, with over 30,000 copies sold. Her latest book, THE BUCK STOPS NOWHERE, explains the problems of the health care industry—and offers concrete solutions to them.

Recognized nationally for her consumer-oriented advocacy, Kathleen has served on the National Medicare Coverage Advisory Commission (CMS); the first Community Leadership Project (1996-99), sponsored by the Kettering Foundation; the Kellogg Foundation; and the National Association of Community Leadership Programs. A graduate of the Leadership Tomorrow Program in Seattle (1985), she has been active in several community activities, such as Save the Pike Street Market Committee; Seattle Women’s Commission; King County Board of Mental Health; Boys and Girls Clubs; Leadership Tomorrow Governing Board; the Giraffe Project; and Senior Services of King County. She is the founder and president of W.H.E.R.E. (Women for Health Care Equity through Reform and Education); and also serves on the Women’s Health Advisory Committee, Region X, US Public Health Service; Advisory Panel, Center for Excellence in Women’s Health, University of Washington; Advisory Board, Dental Health Services; and ! was a member of the White House Women’s Conference Circle. She is president of the Fremont Club of Rotary International (aka the Fun Club), which is the first officially charted Rotary Club of the century (Jan. 1, 2000).

In 2002, she received the Eddie Carlson Leadership Tomorrow Outstanding Alumni Award and the 2002 Distinguished Leadership Award from the International Community Leadership Association. Raised on Route 66 and a past resident of California, Virginia, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Japan, Kathleen eventually settled in Seattle, Washington, where she continues to make her home.

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