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

What’s a #highriskpool?

From Kaiser Health News series"Sounds Like a Good Idea" Sounds Like A Good Idea? High-Risk Pools By Julie Rovner and Francis Ying High-risk pools are a key concept that helped House Republicans pass their replacement for the Affordable Care Act. That bill, the American Health Care Act, which still must pass the Senate to become law, … Continue reading What’s a #highriskpool?

Today 4/10: Live stream of #Lancet-linked session on Income #Inequality and # Health in America

Register to attend in Boston  See Boston Science and Engineering Lectures page for more events this week 4:30 - 6:30.  "Income Inequality and Health in America."  Boston University U:  Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge, 72 East Concord Street. Income inequality in the United States has steadily increased over the last four decades. Although this inequality has … Continue reading Today 4/10: Live stream of #Lancet-linked session on Income #Inequality and # Health in America

Harvard, STATnews hold forum on “21sth Century Cures Act” #research #FDA #NIH

  The Harvard Gazette, the school's in-house newsletter, has a summary of the forum. A video will be available here at some point or find it on Facebook Live. Note that NEJM editor Jeffrey Drazen said “The NIH is undergoing a slow strangulation,...Money is what drives research. You need the resources when you have an idea.” … Continue reading Harvard, STATnews hold forum on “21sth Century Cures Act” #research #FDA #NIH

Report to call for state #oversight of #hospital rates in #Massachusetts

A little noticed story about a little noticed report. From the Globe: In an effort to tackle one of the biggest challenges to the Massachusetts economy, members of a special state commission on Tuesday called for regulating the growth in hospital rates to contain health care costs. Commissioners said the Division of Insurance should have … Continue reading Report to call for state #oversight of #hospital rates in #Massachusetts

Jury: Double-booked surgery did not lead to injury

From The Globe. A Boston jury on Monday found that a spine surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital failed to i nform a Westwood financial analyst that he planned to operate on two patients at once, but the jury concluded that the doctor’s divided attention did not cause the man’s quadriplegia. As a result the jury … Continue reading Jury: Double-booked surgery did not lead to injury

Massachusetts #universal health coverage effort carries on

Here in Massachusetts, life goes on in terms of universal coverage.From The Boston Globe: Health-insurance sign-ups are running ahead of expectations as the Massachusetts Health Connector wraps up the second month of the three-month open-enrollment period, according to Louis Gutierrez, executive director. The Connector, a state agency that serves people who don’t obtain health insurance … Continue reading Massachusetts #universal health coverage effort carries on