From Health Leaders: Shame, fear and medical errors

From a recent talk at Harvard by Danielle Ofri, MD, author of What Doctors Feel. Ofri's talk centered on one emotion, shame, which she said overwhelms many doctors and is a major reason many medical errors go unaddressed. When errors are not acknowledged, even those without bad outcomes, no one learns from them, she said. … Continue reading From Health Leaders: Shame, fear and medical errors

Will genetic advances address health disparities? Not much unless they are accessible.

The new issue of Health Affairs looks at health policy and health disparities. Many local researchers represented. Of interest: Using Genetic Technologies To Reduce, Rather Than Widen, Health Disparities.  The authors include two local researchers: Katherine L. Tucker is a professor in clinical laboratory and nutritional sciences at the University of Massachusetts, in Lowell...José M. Ordovás is … Continue reading Will genetic advances address health disparities? Not much unless they are accessible.

Are two big #hospital groups better than one? #consolidation

At Wednesday's meeting, the  Massachusetts Health Policy Commission heard a staff report on the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  In summary, we find that these transactions are anticipated to increase market concentration, solidify BIDCO’s position as the second largest hospital network in the state, and could strengthen BIDCO’s ability to leverage higher … Continue reading Are two big #hospital groups better than one? #consolidation