Two items worth checking out. Robert Weisman's Globe story on technology to address hearing loss. Millions of boomers are now grappling with hearing loss — some of it caused by turning the volume to 11 — prompting companies to develop treatments that improve upon the expensive and often limited-value hearing aids and surgical implants that … Continue reading What? Boston Globe on new approaches to hearing loss
From today's staff editorial: Despite President Trump’s efforts to repeal his predecessor’s signal domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act has survived the first year of this vindictive presidency. But it needs help from individuals states as the Trump era proceeds. When repeated efforts to repeal the law failed, the administration tried to undermine it by … Continue reading Boston Globe editorial calls on states to “step up and improve Obamacare.”
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?
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
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
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
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
Woman riding bike with no helmet under headline "Living Longer..." From a Boston Globe Sunday supplement. Next up :comments/letters from the trauma surgeons.
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
From The Globe: Wide heart monitor use tied to missed alarms/ State reports detail 11 patient deaths linked to alarm fatigue in Massachusetts Steward Health Care chain quits Mass. hospital group: For-profit chain says it can better advocate for its unique interests Report suggests HIT, incubators as part of economic development plan.