Memory altering research the stuff of sci-fi, cinema and Sherlock

In the BBC's Sherlock, the title character --played by Benedict Cumberbatch -- often resorts to his "mind palace" to piece together nebulous memories.In the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a character played by Kate Winslet goes to a clinic to get  painful memories of a relationship erased..A bit of a stretch, but add … Continue reading Memory altering research the stuff of sci-fi, cinema and Sherlock

The Boston Globe series that Steward Health took to court — before the stories ran

The Globe's narrative story about one man's struggles with his mental health care is running this week. And the company that runs one of the hospitals where he was treated was not allowed to read it first.Last week:  A Suffolk Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that Steward Health Care System has no right to review … Continue reading The Boston Globe series that Steward Health took to court — before the stories ran

Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness + Senate and health reform

The Institute of Medicine, a Congressional research arm, released a list of  “100 health topics  (.pdf) that should get priority attention and funding from a new national research effort to identify which health care services work best.” Among the high priority issues: atrial fibrillation, hearing loss, fall prevention for the elderly, MRSA prevention, localized prostate cancer,  … Continue reading Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness + Senate and health reform

Health delivery lessons from the developing world?

Bruce Walker, director of the Partners AIDS Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, comments in today’s Wall Street Journal story on using “simpler and less expensive treatments like those used abroad” to reduce heatlh costs here.     Walker “worries that imported practices -- and possibly lower standards -- would be adopted only for disadvantaged patients … Continue reading Health delivery lessons from the developing world?

Massachusetts June 24 State House health bill testimony

The Joint Committee on Health Care Financing held a hearing Wednesday afternoon on several bills including one on health care affordability. Health Care for All reports on the hearings on their blog. “Dorcas Grigg-Saito, the CEO of the Lowell Community Health Center, shared the struggles many of her clients have with the costs of health … Continue reading Massachusetts June 24 State House health bill testimony

More woes for Massachusetts insurance model

From the Globe: Overseers of Massachusetts’ trailblazing healthcare program made their first cuts yesterday, trimming $115 million, or 12 percent, from Commonwealth Care, which subsidizes premiums for needy residents and is the centerpiece of the 2006 law. WBUR's CommonHealth also reports The economy is hitting the state’s free and subsidized health insurance program, Commonwealth Care, … Continue reading More woes for Massachusetts insurance model

Non-profit hospitals behaving badly?

I was surprised by this factoid. It was buried is Scott Allen’s fine Sunday story in the Globe on the fight for outpatient business in the suburbs.  Beth Israel set up a taxpayer group in 2006 to oppose a proposed $13 million cancer center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, in part because it would be less than 5 … Continue reading Non-profit hospitals behaving badly?

H.E.L.P.! Senators start swinging on health reform

Apparently it was quite a scene on Wednesday as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions tried to begin the debate on the health care bill. Kaiser Health News has a good round up. Sen. John McCain, R., Ariz., interrupted the opening remarks of Sen. Christopher Dodd, D., Conn., saying the proceedings were a … Continue reading H.E.L.P.! Senators start swinging on health reform

ONC: “Meaningful use” for HIT will evolve

 A panel deciding what kind of computerized health information systems will get stimulus money was sent back to do some more homework yesterday, according to Healthcare IT News.  Companies that make these systems and providers who use them have been waiting for a definition of the "meaningful use" requirement  so they canplan to  get in on … Continue reading ONC: “Meaningful use” for HIT will evolve

Massachusetts underinsurance model? Plus, weekly reviews.

Three things. Boston health week in review: See my look back, posted weekly on the Mass Device website. Also, check out the rest of the site. Devices are a big part of the health industry but don’t get the same attention as pharma.  Health Wonk Review: The latest collection of health policy blogs is up … Continue reading Massachusetts underinsurance model? Plus, weekly reviews.