Harvard’s Blumenthal gets HHS HIT post

David Blumenthal What did I tell you?  Dr. Blumenthal has already been working with the White House and you can see his hand in Obama's health plan.  The Department of Health and Human Services today announced the selection of David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. as the Obama Administration’s choice for National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. … Continue reading Harvard’s Blumenthal gets HHS HIT post

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Hanging with the Health Wonks

Today I defer to the New England links on The Health Wonk Review, a biweekly collection of the best in health policy blogs. Every two weeks, a different blogger hosts this blawg digest -- I mean, blog... no,  I mean the current host, Health Blawg. Newton lawyer David Harlow hosts this health policy and law site … Continue reading Hanging with the Health Wonks

Did Shepard Fairey design the new Caritas ad campaign?

The Caritas hospital group launched a new ad campaign today with the slogan "Quality to the People." The logo looks like a Soviet-era propaganda poster or something from the artist behind the ubiquitous blue and red Obama poster-- a clenched power fist holding a stethoscope. In a direct shot at Boston teaching hospitals, the ad suggests that … Continue reading Did Shepard Fairey design the new Caritas ad campaign?

Vermont health summit and BIDMC Levy as hero

Two Items of note.  Globe columnist Kevin Cullen's piece on BIDMC CEO Paul Levy generates half of the letters page in the Globe today. The rest of the page was filled with outrage over the AIG bonuses.  In the column, Cullen describes Levy asking hospitals nurses and techs to accept salary and benefits cuts. He … Continue reading Vermont health summit and BIDMC Levy as hero

The business of Partners v. Partners as a group of non-profit teaching hospitals

Consider Monday's Globe op-ed from Dr. James J. Mongan, CEO of Partners HealthCare, on how to cut costs. ...(W) e are not the only state experiencing healthcare cost increases; this is a national issue, and there are no villains or easy answers to the problem. v. A recent Boston Globe series on pricing and Partners: … Continue reading The business of Partners v. Partners as a group of non-profit teaching hospitals

Taxing health benefits?

The NY Times has a story about the Obama team considering some kind of tax on health benefits.  The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system. The proposal is … Continue reading Taxing health benefits?

Action for single payer advocates and money for young scientists

Money for scientists:    The Mass Life Sciences Center is giving away money -- and not just to expanding biotech companies. The program is also trying to fill in some of the gaps left by flat NIH funding. So, young scientists should check out their latest "new investigator" offering - applications due April 17. The board … Continue reading Action for single payer advocates and money for young scientists