KHN: Now that the Massachusetts Medical Society has”rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide,” others may follow

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 As he fights for the legal right to do that, … Continue reading KHN: Now that the Massachusetts Medical Society has”rescinded its longstanding opposition to physician-assisted suicide,” others may follow

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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.

BI: Partner’s #security chief warns:”You can do a lot with the information contained in a #healthrecord,” including get a credit card.

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.

Could the decline in #prostatecancer diagnoses usher in an increase in death rates? #cancer screening

There are a lot of problems with cancer screening. Explaining and understanding the calculus behind the tests is not easy.  Suffice to say that early detection is generally not the life saver we thought it would be. Now comes a steep decline in prostate cancer diagnoses. Harvard's Meir Stampfer asks where that's good news or bad … Continue reading Could the decline in #prostatecancer diagnoses usher in an increase in death rates? #cancer screening

Should hospitals be #compounding #IVfluids? Logistics and safety concerns could make it prohibitive.

Commonhealth, WBUR's health blog, reports on a potential shortage of IV fluids at MGH. One approach to deal with it: compounding.  But, a 2014 story in Health Leaders Media quoted pharmacists who believe "Logistics and safety concerns would make it prohibitive." Saline Compounding a Poor Option for Hospitals Nov. 12 2014 By Tinker Ready For … Continue reading Should hospitals be #compounding #IVfluids? Logistics and safety concerns could make it prohibitive.

Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive

Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, the MGH pediatric cardiologist  involved in a difficult separation of conjoined twin girls, remembers a painful moment on the day of surgery. When the joined babies were rolled into the OR, each was holding a rattle. He and the others knew: only one of them would leave the operating room alive. … Continue reading Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive

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