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.
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
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.”
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
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
A recent story in The Atlantic asks "Is the Leading Theory About Alzheimer's Wrong?" For years, scientist have been arguing about whether amyloid protein in the brain is a cause,or just a symptom of condition. Pharma has been confident -- or desperate -- enough in the science to bet on amyloid clearing drugs, but they … Continue reading Selkoe to discuss #amyloid and #Alzheimer’s in wake of another disappointing drug study
STAT News reports that Partners Healthcare CEO Dr. David Torchiana was among the health care executive who met with President-elect Donald Trump Wenesday. Torchiana has been among those arguing that repeal of the law could disrupt millions of families who have relied upon it for insurance coverage. “De-insuring 20 million people, many of whom were probably Trump … Continue reading From today’s Boston Globe: Partners and Trump, health costs and another expensive drug