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

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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.

Keeping up with Capitol Hill happenings

The full-pitched health reform battle is under way in DC. To keep up,  I suggest checking out the Wall Street Journal's Health Blog, National Public Radio's Health Blog, the Kaiser news page, Politico  and, of course, The Boston Globe.  Find other good links to the right under Health Reform and Health News

Kennedy produces health care bill

You can read Kennedy's actual bill here. If you're not up to reading all 615 pages, find a few reports below.  (For the conservative response, see this story in The American Spectator.) This from the AP story on the Kennedy bill: Americans would be able to buy long-term care insurance from the government for $65 a month under a … Continue reading Kennedy produces health care bill

Massachusetts H1N1 update

Confirmed H1N1 Influenza (swine flu)  For current updates see the DPH site.  Also note this 6/23 Globe story.  The only person known to have died of swine flu in Massachusetts suffered from none of the underlying medical conditions that can turn a relatively mild viral infection into a life-threatening illness, city disease trackers disclosed yesterday. … Continue reading Massachusetts H1N1 update

Obama pushes harder on health and the end of pain at MGH

   I’m an early riser and tend to get up on Sunday and read through the Times and the Globe. Lots of health stuff, starting with a Globe story on how Obama’s going to get more involved in creating and promoting the health reform bill.    This weekend, Organizing for America - the president's former national … Continue reading Obama pushes harder on health and the end of pain at MGH