#Massachusetts cares if #doctors have conflicts of interest, but do #patients care?

The Globe offers a peek at the drug company marketing/meals at smaller hospitals Years after many big academic medical centers cracked down on industry perks, drug companies still regularly buy meals for doctors affiliated with smaller hospitals, a new analysis shows, with some physicians receiving dozens of lunches and dinners in a single year. At a number … Continue reading #Massachusetts cares if #doctors have conflicts of interest, but do #patients care?

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Surgeons, MGH react to to Globe story on surgery scheduling

Reaction to the Globe's Spotlight series on simultaneous surgeries -- where a surgeon has two operations going at the same time -- continues in the paper and beyond In late December, the paper reported:   The American College of Surgeons plans for a roughly 10-member committee — which includes both critics and supporters of concurrent surgeries … Continue reading Surgeons, MGH react to to Globe story on surgery scheduling

Stat, the new (Boston Globe?) life science site, is up

After trickling into The Boston Globe in recent weeks, the STAT website is up. Looks impressive and has some big names on the masthead. (Can we still call it a masthead?) Congratulations to all. If you are confused about its relationship with the Globe, you're not alone. STAT is a new animal, digital first with … Continue reading Stat, the new (Boston Globe?) life science site, is up

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

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

Maybe not living so much longer if she has a bike accident

Woman riding bike with no helmet under headline "Living Longer..."  From a Boston Globe Sunday supplement. Next up :comments/letters from the trauma surgeons.

Local reporters, editors, data crunchers win health journalism awards

A lot of the heath care journalism awards out there are kind of soft -- they come from trade or industry groups. They have their own place on our walls, and, in some cases, we appreciate them. (In other cases, an award may represent a conflict of interest.  An award from an institutions you cover? … Continue reading Local reporters, editors, data crunchers win health journalism awards