What’s a #highriskpool?

From Kaiser Health News series"Sounds Like a Good Idea" Sounds Like A Good Idea? High-Risk Pools By Julie Rovner and Francis Ying High-risk pools are a key concept that helped House Republicans pass their replacement for the Affordable Care Act. That bill, the American Health Care Act, which still must pass the Senate to become law, … Continue reading What’s a #highriskpool?

5/7: Boston health events this week

Thanks to Boston Science and Engineering Lectures for listings. We  urge you to double-check the "Details" links for changes and cancellations and to note the asterisks regarding limited access to some events. Tuesday 2p.  "Recent Insights into the Protein Biology of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases."  Dennis J. Selkoe.   Brigham & Women's:  Building for Transformative Medicine, … Continue reading 5/7: Boston health events this week

#Lown2017 activists are meeting to talk about appropriate care and why our health system can’t deliver it.

One of the sessions at Saturday's Lown Institute annual conference was entitled "Corruption and Patient Harm in the Medical Industrial Complex." Today, members are meeting to develop a strategy to challenge all that. (More on their case in The Lancet,) Keynotes at the meeting outside Boston included global economist Jeffrey Sachs -- who spoke the … Continue reading #Lown2017 activists are meeting to talk about appropriate care and why our health system can’t deliver it.

What worries patients, health providers at #Lown2017

House# AHCA vote livens up Lown2017 “right care” conference

A great nation deserves a great health care system - and that means universal coverage. Everybody in, nobody out. @ShannonBrownlee #lown2017 — Lown Institute (@lowninstitute) May 5, 2017 The Lown Institute's meeting is taking place as the nation is trying to digest the possible impact of  yesterday's vote in the House of Representatives. The group's … Continue reading House# AHCA vote livens up Lown2017 “right care” conference

Boston researchers find high #spending on docs doesn’t produce better care

A group of doctors from a range of Boston-area institutions looked at patient outcomes and physician. Their findings were published online via JAMA Internal Medicine.  Abstract here.  While the substantial variation in health care spending across regions and hospitals is well known, key clinical decisions are ultimately made by physicians. However, the degree to which spending … Continue reading Boston researchers find high #spending on docs doesn’t produce better care

In Boston this week: Massachusetts health policy, #HIPPA and #climate change

  A couple of live or semi-live events this week: Sorry health policy types. Mass Health Policy Commission won't be live streaming today's meeting as planned.  We're experiencing technical difficulties w/our livestream. We'll be recording today's joint meeting and posting the video this afternoon.  Massachusetts HPC (@Mass_HPC) April 26, 2017 But, if you really can't … Continue reading In Boston this week: Massachusetts health policy, #HIPPA and #climate change