Health Policy Commission versus Partners

Lots of amazing research and care happens at Partners Healthcare, and we pay a bonus for it. Or, as  Boston Globe writer  Priyanka Dayal McCluskey puts it "Partners has long been criticized for using its power in the health care market to extract higher payments from insurers and driving up health care costs." But, Partners faces scrutiny … Continue reading Health Policy Commission versus Partners

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Health events in Boston 10/23 to 10/28

Thanks to Fred Hapgood and Boston Science and Engineering Lectures for most of these listings.  And, as he notes, do check Harvard events as some may not be open to the public or be in buildings with limited access. Monday: A research program called the "Center for Cancer Evolution" is holding a kick off symposiums … Continue reading Health events in Boston 10/23 to 10/28

A Harvard panel makes prediction for the the future of the Affordable Care Act #HCR

https://youtu.be/AwTJtaozvbI The Panel Robert Blendon Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School Sheila Burke Chair, Government Relations and Public Policy Group, Baker Donelson, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Lanhee Chen Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, and Director of Domestic Policy Studies … Continue reading A Harvard panel makes prediction for the the future of the Affordable Care Act #HCR

Can hospitals be leaner?@STATnews take you insides the Brigham’s “struggle to cut costs.”

More here. Over the past three months, the Brigham provided STAT un usual access to meetings of its top management and internal deliberations and documents.  This inside look shows how one of the nation’s leading hospitals is confronting the daunting financial and marketplace forces buffeting academic medical centers across the U.S. “This wasn’t about ordinary … Continue reading Can hospitals be leaner?@STATnews take you insides the Brigham’s “struggle to cut costs.”

All eyes should be on Massachusetts (again) as the state moves beyond expanding coverage to tackling health costs.

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is an organization that my peers at the Health Wonk Review can get excited about But the public should too. In health care, smaller cost increases are considered a victory. All of the testimony from hospitals and other healthcare players for an October 3/4 hearing on cost trends is already posted … Continue reading All eyes should be on Massachusetts (again) as the state moves beyond expanding coverage to tackling health costs.

Should #guns be allowed in #hospitals? Is there any way to keep them out?

Should hospitals be gun-free zones? Another shooting -- this one at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire -- is a reminder that they are not. Some think they should be. That can be difficult given the quasi-public nature of hospitals.  Others disagree, saying that there should be no-gun free zones. Earlier this summer, the Brooklyn … Continue reading Should #guns be allowed in #hospitals? Is there any way to keep them out?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is backing the single-payer insurance proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Does it have a chance?

From The Boston Globe: “There is something fundamentally wrong when one of the richest and most powerful countries on the planet can’t make sure that a person can afford to see a doctor when they’re sick. This isn’t any way to live,” Warren wrote, asking her backers to sign a petition expressing their support for … Continue reading Sen. Elizabeth Warren is backing the single-payer insurance proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Does it have a chance?