Are two big #hospital groups better than one? #consolidation

At Wednesday's meeting, the  Massachusetts Health Policy Commission heard a staff report on the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  In summary, we find that these transactions are anticipated to increase market concentration, solidify BIDCO’s position as the second largest hospital network in the state, and could strengthen BIDCO’s ability to leverage higher … Continue reading Are two big #hospital groups better than one? #consolidation

Looking for Boston Globe health reporting? Try the business section

UPDATE: Props to Beta Boston, another source of Globe health reporting. Since the Globe currently has no full-time health and science editor, no science writer and a hard-to-find, often dated health site, we turn to the business section for news on health, or at least health finance and pharma. Perhaps things will pick up in … Continue reading Looking for Boston Globe health reporting? Try the business section

Are Facebook rankings of hospitals accurate? Two studies say yes

From Health Leaders Media: In the era of the engaged patient, consumers shop around for healthcare services. When it comes to hospitals, they could consult several ratings programs for information on readmissions and hospital-acquired infection rates. But data shows they don't do so in big numbers. One reason may be that quality measures familiar to … Continue reading Are Facebook rankings of hospitals accurate? Two studies say yes

If you can’t join them, beat them: BIDMC in takes over Milton hospital

When the Harvard hospitals decided to join forces as Partners, they cut BIDMC out of the deal. So, this story from the Globe  - on Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton --is worth noting: Consolidation in the health care industry has been viewed with suspicion, leaving critics worried that the state’s biggest health care networks want to leverage increased … Continue reading If you can’t join them, beat them: BIDMC in takes over Milton hospital

Hospitals consolidation: Brill says yes, new Massachusetts AG says no

From Shirley Leung's Monday column in the Globe: No judge or jury delivered a verdict on the Partners HealthCare settlement Monday, but we didn’t need either after Attorney General Maura Healey’s three-page court filing. She thinks the deal stinks, and if given the chance, she would bring an antitrust suit to block Partners’ efforts to … Continue reading Hospitals consolidation: Brill says yes, new Massachusetts AG says no

New Mass. electronic health records grants: Wiring Healthcare for the Homeless

From Healthcare IT News: The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will give 32 collaborative projects up to $75,000 each in HIway Implementation Grants to help 80 healthcare organizations across the Commonwealth connect to the HIway, Massachusetts' statewide health information exchange. From the Massachusetts eHealth Institute Recipients were awarded grants based on their ability … Continue reading New Mass. electronic health records grants: Wiring Healthcare for the Homeless

Globe: For-profit hospitals in low-income communities want a cut of high fees paid to competitors #healthcarecosts

It is well documented that some Massachusetts hospitals -- read Partners -- have the bargaining power to  extract higher pay rates from the feds and private payers.  Today's Globe offers two takes on the ongoing battles. This one is behind the paywall:  A new coalition led by the state’s biggest health care company and its … Continue reading Globe: For-profit hospitals in low-income communities want a cut of high fees paid to competitors #healthcarecosts

BIDMC’s Haider Warraich in the NYTimes on how false hope harms patients

The NY Times offers a piece in the Sunday Review urging doctors to be straight with dying patients. From BIDMC doc (and novelist) Haider Javed Warraich: A study of cancer patients and their doctors in the Annals of Internal Medicine a year later found that many doctors didn’t quite tell patients the truth about their … Continue reading BIDMC’s Haider Warraich in the NYTimes on how false hope harms patients

How to find health and science events in Boston

The Boston Science and Engineering Lectures website includes links to a lot of labs and a lot of talks.  Frill-free, constantly updated and -- despite a disclaimer -- very thorough, the site's calendar is a reminder of the benefits of living in a college town with three medical schools and some of the world's most … Continue reading How to find health and science events in Boston

For Halloween, tour the dark side of Massachusetts medical history

             We’re sorry we missed the last Longwood Avenue walking tour for the season. Advertised as a tour of Boston’s “world-renowned” medical centers, the trip is clearly upbeat, with an emphasis on firsts and breakthroughs.  For a bit of the seamier side of Boston health history, you can still catch … Continue reading For Halloween, tour the dark side of Massachusetts medical history