Senate hearing: Industry support for medical education

Lots of locals at Thursday's Senate hearing on health care industry support for continuing medical education (CME) for doctors. Click here for the video. From the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging web site. Dr. Eric Campbell, Associate Professor at Harvard University, discussed the Institute of Medicine’s (IoM) recent study on conflict of interest in medical research, … Continue reading Senate hearing: Industry support for medical education

Happy Birthday Medicare

On the 44th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Medicare program into law, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens), a member of the Health Subcommittee, announced he will offer an amendment to the America's Affordable Health Choices Act that would eliminate the Medicare program. The move comes amid a chorus of Republican members … Continue reading Happy Birthday Medicare

Snowe on health reform: Local coverage

On Maine's Republican Senator from today's Lewiston Sun Journal: Snowe is one of six senators — three Democrats and three Republicans — who have worked methodically during all-day, closed-door meetings for weeks on what they hope will be a widely supported compromise bill to expand access to health care and control costs.   "We don't … Continue reading Snowe on health reform: Local coverage

Is health reform momentum slipping away? Plus, Jacoby on mandates

Obama’s health people may have to opt for a plan B in terms of strategy. Using the post election momentum to get it done quickly does not seem to be working. This from a new NPR poll of 850 voters:    Poll respondents liked a Democratic statement on solving health care problems better than a Republican statement … Continue reading Is health reform momentum slipping away? Plus, Jacoby on mandates

BHN exclusive: Relman on ACRE conflict of interest meeting

During his 14 years as editor of the New England Journal of Medicine – most of the 80’s and some change – Dr. Arnold S. Relman often commented on the influence of money on medicine. He still doesn’t like it. BHN noticed him at last week’s meeting of Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators (ACRE) … Continue reading BHN exclusive: Relman on ACRE conflict of interest meeting

Health reform activism, left and right

BHN received an announcement of this event, scheduled for Thursday at noon on the steps of the State House. Sponsors include: Mass-Care, Jobs With Justice, Mass Nurses Association Physicians for a National Health Plan and Our Bodies Ourselves, “On July 30th, Medicare turns 44. To celebrate, attend a rally to ask Governor Patrick and candidates … Continue reading Health reform activism, left and right

BHN Exclusive: Mass gift ban takes a beating from ACRE

Thursday’s inaugural meeting of the Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators drew a full house to the Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Members of the group believe that disclosure rules and gift bans for doctors – like the one that just went into effect in Massachusetts –  are too strict.  The meeting program describes the issue this … Continue reading BHN Exclusive: Mass gift ban takes a beating from ACRE