CVS CMO outlined a plan for “complementary primary care.” You’ll be able to get it in your neighborhood drug store.

Troy Brennan spoke at an event in Boston on digital health and aging Wednesday.  He emphasized that the merger between CVS and Aetna has yet to be approved. But, he outlined the CVS plan to offer more than urgent care. Troyen A. Brennan MD, Exec.VP and CMO of CVS about to speak on" Health Retail … Continue reading CVS CMO outlined a plan for “complementary primary care.” You’ll be able to get it in your neighborhood drug store.

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The health press releases that go straight to the junk folder. Some good ideas with no Boston link. Lots of true junk!

The exclamation point is a red flag. Editors tell freelance writers to read the publication before pitching a stories. I guess the stakes are lower for PR email blasts. Below find a sample from senders the BHN directs to the trash. A few good ones get caught up in the screen. (Here's some help on … Continue reading The health press releases that go straight to the junk folder. Some good ideas with no Boston link. Lots of true junk!

Is there anything worse than making money off old or disabled people in need of care? KHN reports on the #nursinghome shell game.

It links to a Harvard study that make the same connection. This story also ran below the fold in the Sunday NYTimes business section. Care Suffers As More Nursing Homes Feed Money Into Corporate Webs Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Publish by permission.  MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When one of Martha Jane Pierce’s sons peeled back the … Continue reading Is there anything worse than making money off old or disabled people in need of care? KHN reports on the #nursinghome shell game.

12/5 live forum: Health researchers and payers are way ahead on big data. But, can they keep it secure?

From health data pioneer John Halamka, who will be part of this panel: The new threats to information security and integrity are state sponsored cyberterrorism, hackivism and organized crime.  Every CIO I know loses sleep over these threats.  Let’s work together to identify emerging threats, implement best practices for mitigating risks and investigate promising new … Continue reading 12/5 live forum: Health researchers and payers are way ahead on big data. But, can they keep it secure?

#Lown2017 activists are meeting to talk about appropriate care and why our health system can’t deliver it.

One of the sessions at Saturday's Lown Institute annual conference was entitled "Corruption and Patient Harm in the Medical Industrial Complex." Today, members are meeting to develop a strategy to challenge all that. (More on their case in The Lancet,) Keynotes at the meeting outside Boston included global economist Jeffrey Sachs -- who spoke the … Continue reading #Lown2017 activists are meeting to talk about appropriate care and why our health system can’t deliver it.

From today’s Boston Globe: Partners and Trump, health costs and another expensive drug

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

ProPublica: Yelp, #Health and #Privacy

  Stung by Yelp Reviews, Health Providers Spill Patient Secrets by Charles Ornstein ProPublica, May 27, 2016, 11 a.m. Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients' privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism. In the course of these arguments 2014 which have spilled out publicly … Continue reading ProPublica: Yelp, #Health and #Privacy