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cherryames1949 has 27 years experience and specializes in Oncology&Homecare.

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Wow! So that's where our health care dollar is going. Verrrry interesting.

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So, while many local firms may purchase Steelers tickets for business reasons, UPMC had to report that a for-profit subsidiary spent $139,495 for Steelers games because John McGinley and the Robert Paul, UPMC board members, also own a portion of the football team. Mr. McGinley also is a junior shareholder and board member for Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott LLC, which was paid $804,414 for legal services.

Hmmmmm....

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Does any one else think it's time the federal government stepped in and take over healthcare? The the elimation of of all these high flying salaries and keeping all that money"all in the family" do you really think the government will have to raise taxes as hornblowers toot? I don't !! Any guess who the opposition is to the Obamacare/ affordable health care act? I's be spreading some thick feces propoganda if my multi million dollar salary was threatened to!! Hip deep!! These CEO's have a good gig going- looks like lots of playtime too.

Like I have said before - do the math- just ONE mul;timillion dollar per yr salary= X# of nurses at $70,000/yr- Just think how many nurses that could employ, how that would improve the staffing ratios!! God knows- we would not want that.

We might even be able to hire a nurse for the RRT/Code team in Texas!!

May be if we require RN's to have a degree in Quantum Physics as basic entry into practice!!!!

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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does any one else think it's time the federal government stepped in and take over healthcare? the the elimation of of all these high flying salaries and keeping all that money"all in the family" do you really think the government will have to raise taxes as hornblowers toot? i don't !! any guess who the opposition is to the obamacare/ affordable health care act? i's be spreading some thick feces propoganda if my multi million dollar salary was threatened to!! hip deep!! these ceo's have a good gig going- looks like lots of playtime too.

like i have said before - do the math- just one mul;timillion dollar per yr salary= x# of nurses at $70,000/yr- just think how many nurses that could employ, how that would improve the staffing ratios!! god knows- we would not want that.

we might even be able to hire a nurse for the rrt/code team in texas!!

may be if we require rn's to have a degree in quantum physics as basic entry into practice!!!!

i don't know for sure who should run healthcare but it shouldn"t be the government!!!! isn't the medicare/medicaid/social security debacle proof enough that the government running of healthcare should be the last idea. :eek:

i think that what needed is to get rid of these corporate execs. and go back to hiring "active" medical staff and nurses to run the hospitals and boards of directors. to try to minimize the corruption....taken from the article.

given that upmc is the largest employer in pittsburgh and attracts talent from across the world, it's easy to understand why there are hundreds of employees with family members who also work at upmc," said mr. wood. "we seek to hire the best and brightest in every position, regardless of family relationships, and take appropriate steps to manage any conflicts that those relationships might entail."......

really???? kind of like the mafia isn't it...........just keepin it in the family.

:smokin:

power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

"power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. great men are almost always bad men." lord acton...

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Social Security IS NOT a debacle. That is an extreme word to use for a program that is keeping millions and millions of elderly and disabled people alive. It is a very successful social experiment that has a few problems. These could be fixed a number of ways. If they are not fixed in the next twenty to thirty years everyone will recieve a 20 to 30% drop in benefits. That is hardly a debacle. Then after the baby boomers move through the system it will be solvent again and work the way it is supposed to work. If you want to see a true debacle just wait and see what happens to a certain conservative party if it keeps trying to take my social security check off me and fix it so medicare is not there when I turn 65.

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Esme12 is a ASN, BSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma.

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Social Security IS NOT a debacle. That is an extreme word to use for a program that is keeping millions and millions of elderly and disabled people alive. It is a very successful social experiment that has a few problems. These could be fixed a number of ways. If they are not fixed in the next twenty to thirty years everyone will recieve a 20 to 30% drop in benefits. That is hardly a debacle. Then after the baby boomers move through the system it will be solvent again and work the way it is supposed to work. If you want to see a debacle just wait and see what happens to the politicians(conservatives) that try to take my social security check off me and fix it so medicare is not there when I turn 65.

I am on disability, for an auto-immune inflammatory myopathy, and if I wasn't married it would BARELY kep us alive but I would definately be homeless,so I am perfectly aware about the laurels of Social Security. I am NOT going to get into a political debate about the undeserving people recieving SSI or SSDI that are recieving it even without contributiong to it. The government has forcibly removed money from my check for 32 yearsd and I had to beg borrow and steal as well as seek legal council to FIGHT to recieve my own money. I am a baby boomer and I resent the implication that My generation will "tax the system" (even thought we paid for it) and it will improve when we move through.....ie: die.

If I or my mother recieved a 20 to 30% pay cut we shall both be homeless and unable to purchase medicines. The precious government officials frankly could care less as they don't have to contribute to Social Security and once they serve a term or two they have 100% health insurance and their salary for LIFE!!! So I don't think someone with no vested interest should handle large summs of money.

I don't know how old you are but with 14 trillion dollars in national debt....I will not be suprised if SSI will be bankrupt in he very near future.....and you're right....hopefully I have "moved" through the system by then...:twocents::twocents:

Thanks ....I feel better....:)

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eriksoln has 15 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in M/S, Travel Nursing, Pulmonary.

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Me thinks PPG is trying to stay alive by jumping on the boat with everyone around the country who has decided its so very vogue to slam the medical practices............until you need them.

Big headlines about stuff that everyone knew was going on anyway. Wow.......like its news that UPMC spends a great deal of its profits wining and dinning the upper crust of its administration and buying non-essentials like sports event tickets. I mean, I was so surprised by all this...........I nearly passed out........almost called 911 to be taken to the ER, I had chest pains.

OK, thats enough I guess, you get the sarcasm.

But hey, PPG gets to tread water by acting as if its big news and they are going after UPMC. Please phffffft. If UPMC ever felt threatened by these stories, they'd stop getting printed yesterday. Either that or UPMC would buy them.

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UPMC I worked there as a PCT and had enough sense not to work there as a RN. Bigger is not better unless you are an executive of course...or a relative of an executive...LOL!

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The point is IMHO- outrage, desperately needed healthcare services that are vital to a patient / alot of patients are not being spent on just that. Whether it is for more nursing positions, more hospitalists, a CABG surgery, equipment and supplies are NOT being spent on that. It is being spent titilating and entertaining these cras, vulgar over paid usless high paid corporate money bilking panty wastes( have I used enopugh adjetives to describe the dumbest employees in a hospital system) called CEO's and their cronies.

In contrast to a federally run hospital sytem- right in their own back yard- the VA in Pittsburgh- came out with the first impressive study back in 2006(?) examining the healthcare cost of MRSA on healthcare, a saving of over 1 million dollars by just observing basic infection control practices. Norway came out with a similar study- handw2ashing and curtailing the use of antibiotics. Wile these paragons of power and gloy in the UPMC and all over the private sector healthcare systems anr laughing and boozing our healthcare care dollars away. Talk about DIVERSION and CORRUPTION!!!!!

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I miss quoted my year for the study- it was 2001 not 2006. And note the CDC asked the VA to conduct the study not the UPMC- the UPMC was too busy attending Steeler games and sloshing down beer and hot dogs and spending healthcare dollars on self indulgent entertainment than on saving human life

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Esme12- Try not to worry. I don't think the goverment is going to cut medicare, social security or disabily. I think the government is cracking down on fraud. That is where there is a vast majority of waste of thoses program's revenue is going. This winter the Health and Human services has a major listing on www. usajobs.gov for nurses in all 50 states for openings investigating medicare/medicaid fraud. You know I submitted my application. The last I heard( because with this application, you sign up for email alerts when your application status changes) I was still being considered for my state. One of the questions for applying to this position was- are you willing to relocate and to check the boxes to the states you would consider. The governemnt is gearing up for some massive crack down and monitoring of misappropriation of these programs money. They are going after providers who bill for services patients don't receive and over charging for services provided so these programs don't go under. Check out the health and Human services website.

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