From Kaiser Health News: Can You Hear Me Now? Senate Bill On Hearing Aids May Make The Answer ‘Yes’ Michelle Andrews Last December, Deb Wiese bought hearing aids for her parents, one for each of them. She ordered them online from a big-box retailer and paid $719 for the pair. But her parents, in their … Continue reading KHN: We hear a lot about our Senator Elizabeth Warren. She wants people to be able to hear more by requiring #Medicare to pay providers to train people on how to use their #hearingaids
Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News When she was a young physician, Dr. Martha Gulati noticed that many of her mentors were prescribing vitamin E and folic acid to patients. Preliminary studies in the early 1990s had linked both supplements to a lower risk of heart disease. She urged her father to pop the pills … Continue reading KHN: “#Older Americans Are Hooked On #Vitamins Despite Scarce #Evidence They Work.” Not all Boston experts agree that’s a problem.
Three-printers and more. Gregory Loan is a simulation engineer at Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program. He makes artificial body parts and mannequins for clinicians to practice on. More great video from STAT here. https://vimeo.com/246154160
When should doctors retire? Depends on the doctor. Two pieces about aging docs. One story from STAT, one column from the Globe. From Medscape: "There are many older physicians who have a wealth of experience and who are practicing very well, and the last thing on earth we want to do is discourage those physicians … Continue reading When should aging doctors retire? Does it depend on the doctor?
As Doctors Drop Opposition, Aid-In-Dying Advocates Target Next Battleground States Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News When the end draws near, Dr. Roger Kligler, a retired physician with incurable, metastatic prostate cancer, wants the option to use a lethal prescription to die peacefully in his sleep. As he fights for the legal right to do that, … Continue reading KHN: Now that the Massachusetts Medical Society has”rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide,” others may follow
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.
Business Insider quotes MGH Chief Medical Officer O’Neil Britton who spoke at Hub Week on hospital cybersecurity. “We have 72,000 employees with credentials to log into our computer system,” says O’Neill. “Our network has many components, including a financial clearance system and an electronic health records database. Not all 72,000 employees can get into each … Continue reading BI: Partner’s #security chief warns:”You can do a lot with the information contained in a #healthrecord,” including get a credit card.