MGH surgeon, who treated #bombing victims in Afghanistan and #Boston, brings #tourniquet campaign to area schools

MGH surgeon, who treated #bombing victims in Afghanistan and Boston, brings tourniquet campaign to area schools

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

Readmission penalties in Massachusetts hit teaching hospitals

Medscape reports on a JAMA article looking at readmission rates: Ninety-five-bed Falmouth (Massachusetts) Hospital on Cape Cod doesn't have the national reputation of Massachusetts General Hospital, 77 miles to the north in Boston. But the small hospital bests the big teaching hospital in the big city on this point — it's not getting penalized by … Continue reading Readmission penalties in Massachusetts hit teaching hospitals

The “end of fee for service”: Health cost wars break out in in New England #hcr #mapoli #aca

More than a river divides Vermont and New Hampshire. In the state that lives by the motto, " Live Free or Die," regulators and politicians declined to set up a health insurance exchange mandated as part of the health reform law. From the June 22 Concord Monitor: John Lynch signed into law a bill that prohibits New Hampshire … Continue reading The “end of fee for service”: Health cost wars break out in in New England #hcr #mapoli #aca

The Globe on alarm fatigue, HIT and a hit to the hospital association

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.

Hospital philanthropy: Madoff and The $50,000 receptionist desk

Over at Nature Network Boston, we report on campus donations from two philanthropers who had to repay money they earned from Bernie Madoff investments.  MIT was a beneficiary of the Picower family, which this past week got the final order to return $7.2 billion (not a typo) they earned in Bernie Madoff's upscale Ponzi scheme. … Continue reading Hospital philanthropy: Madoff and The $50,000 receptionist desk