Essay contest — Tell a story about the cost of your health care and win $$$ #hcr #healthreform #aca

Ever feel like your doctor has no sense of the cost of the prescription, treatment or scan he or she is ordering? In an ideal word, doctors shouldn’t take cost into consideration when choosing care. But the health care system doesn’t operate in the real world and often that scan doesn’t represent the best care. … Continue reading Essay contest — Tell a story about the cost of your health care and win $$$ #hcr #healthreform #aca

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USA Today on Harvard Vanguard shared appointments, and an aside

Damn -- scooped again. Every time  I go to the doctor and see that sign for "shared medical appointments" I say to myself -- good story. Then I remember - I should not reports on doctors in the practice where I get care.  Once when going for a prenatal test at the Univeristy of North Carolina hospital, I lay … Continue reading USA Today on Harvard Vanguard shared appointments, and an aside

Hide and seek with free hospital care

Hospitals say they do a lot of charity care. Who benefits from it? Two local groups surveyed 99 randomly selected hospitals about how they make patient aware of the charity care.   The survey found that while most hospitals mentioned the existence of charity care programs on either their websites or over the telephone, only … Continue reading Hide and seek with free hospital care

BHN Report: Massachusetts health costs hearings

The Commonwealth is getting serious about health care costs. Increases are unrelenting and over the top. In Massachusetts, health costs are rising at three times the rate of wages, according to testimony below. Rising prices are eating away at company profits, family savings, worker’s wages and public health programs. Studies, bills, hearings. Will we get … Continue reading BHN Report: Massachusetts health costs hearings

Local Battles over Health Care Costs, Quality and Coverage

Health reform is about controlling costs, improving the quality of care and expanding coverage.  Here's  how all that is playing out in New England this week:  Barbra Rabson, executive director of the non-profit Massachusetts Health Quality Partners offers details on a new statewide quality of care report on WBUR's Commonhealth blog. While MHQP is only one of many organizations in … Continue reading Local Battles over Health Care Costs, Quality and Coverage

Globe: Mass hospitals ignore cost control debate

The Globe -- Kay Lazar in particular -- has done a great job following the failure of the state's hospitals to --literally-- not show up for the Division of Insurance hearings on health care cost controls. With a short staff, it would have been easy for the Globe to ignore these hearings too. The long … Continue reading Globe: Mass hospitals ignore cost control debate

FDA doc takes heat for strict standards on new cancer drugs

 I had a long wait for the Red Line and a gratis NY Times from the BU Comm school. So, I read this piece about the FDA doc who is trying to protect patients from marginally useful cancer drugs. Dr. Richard Pazdur, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s cancer drug office "has helped to … Continue reading FDA doc takes heat for strict standards on new cancer drugs