Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.

The Boston Globe's series on race focuses on health disparities on Tuesday. Though the issue gets scant attention in this center of world-class medicine, segregation patterns are deeply imbedded in Boston health care. Simply put: If you are black in Boston, you are less likely to get care at several of the city’s elite hospitals … Continue reading Tuesday, Globe series targets racial disparities in health care. Conclusion: The color line exists in sickness as in health.

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Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive

Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, the MGH pediatric cardiologist  involved in a difficult separation of conjoined twin girls, remembers a painful moment on the day of surgery. When the joined babies were rolled into the OR, each was holding a rattle. He and the others knew: only one of them would leave the operating room alive. … Continue reading Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive

Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

Tucked inside the health care bill passed by the state Senate is a provision to study the possibility of a  single-payer health care system. The bill's cost control measures are getting all the attention. From the Globe:   The 100-page bill attempts to help struggling community hospitals by setting a floor for the reimbursements they receive from … Continue reading Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.

Health Policy Commission versus Partners

Lots of amazing research and care happens at Partners Healthcare, and we pay a bonus for it. Or, as  Boston Globe writer  Priyanka Dayal McCluskey puts it "Partners has long been criticized for using its power in the health care market to extract higher payments from insurers and driving up health care costs." But, Partners faces scrutiny … Continue reading Health Policy Commission versus Partners

Can hospitals be leaner?@STATnews take you insides the Brigham’s “struggle to cut costs.”

More here. Over the past three months, the Brigham provided STAT un usual access to meetings of its top management and internal deliberations and documents.  This inside look shows how one of the nation’s leading hospitals is confronting the daunting financial and marketplace forces buffeting academic medical centers across the U.S. “This wasn’t about ordinary … Continue reading Can hospitals be leaner?@STATnews take you insides the Brigham’s “struggle to cut costs.”

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

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