How to keep up with the health reform debate in MA and DC: A Twitter list

  A Twitter list of 60+ key feeds to help you keep up with the  health care debate here and in DC. The two are linked in that the MA program was a model for the ACA. Also, there's an effort ongoing to track and control the costs of care at hospitals. More on that here. … Continue reading How to keep up with the health reform debate in MA and DC: A Twitter list

Vox: “This is what Susan Collins heard about health care while she was home”

The Maine Senator has played a key role in the debate over the ACA repeal. A short piece from the Vox "Defector of the Day" series looking at Republican senator who seems undecided or opposed to  the Better Care Reconciliation Act The four-term senator is probably the most moderate member in the chamber. She has expressed … Continue reading Vox: “This is what Susan Collins heard about health care while she was home”

Coming up: Midsummer Nights’ Science at the Broad Institute

Get out of the heat and learn about ancient DNA, cancer prevention and "how automated microscopes and advanced software may transform the drug discovery pipeline by providing new and more rapid insights into cellular biology." Midsummer Night's Science, which starts on Jule 12, is a summer treat -- insightful talks, AC and food at the … Continue reading Coming up: Midsummer Nights’ Science at the Broad Institute

Social determinants of health, data dominate Boston event hosted by Atlantic magazine

From Health Leaders Media The small crowd at Tuesday's "On the Front Lines of Healthcare" event in Boston included a patient activist, a state health systems analyst, and even a doctor who was in town for a gastroenterologist meeting. But the gathering, held in an airy space on 33rd floor of a downtown    high … Continue reading Social determinants of health, data dominate Boston event hosted by Atlantic magazine

In #Maine, transparency and cooperation lead to high #health care #quality scores

From Health Leaders Media, by Tinker Ready ...Maine seems to have made some moves over the years that allowed it to ease into in the era of mega-measurement. For one thing, the state began wrestling with quality measures more than a decade ago. In 2005, the state employee health plan began rewarding high quality hospitals … Continue reading In #Maine, transparency and cooperation lead to high #health care #quality scores

Anesthesiologist files false claim suit in relation to concurrent surgery

An former MGH anesthesiologist has filed a false claims act suit in relations to concurrent surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. The practice, described as dangerous in a long Boston Globe series,  has been defended by MGH as "an important method of managing busy operating rooms" that is widely used. According to the Globe, the anesthesiologist's suit … Continue reading Anesthesiologist files false claim suit in relation to concurrent surgery

#Social determinants of health is a mouthful, but the concept could be key to population #wellness

More on former Denver Health DEO Patty Gabow Lown keynote from HLM.  First, don't expect Congress to save the system. Instead, Gabow proposed a to-do list for health systems that is heavy on improving the social determinants that affect health, but also places a high value on such ideas as a living wage for all employees. … Continue reading #Social determinants of health is a mouthful, but the concept could be key to population #wellness