Is response time the best way to judge ambulance services?

Tom Kimball, described as a Boston-area paramedic who will be  attending medical school this fall posed that question in a Boston Globe opinion piece this weekend.  Many cities and towns in Massachusetts still judge the performance of their ambulance services using metrics like response times, which can miss the point. An additional two minutes waiting … Continue reading Is response time the best way to judge ambulance services?

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#APEC15 Emergency docs gather in Boston for annual meeting

Not sure we can promise fun but we'll post some reports here.  Click on the image Or  check out #APEC15.            

Today and this weekend: Code Black: Documentary by #ED doc at MFA #hospitals

Have not seen this but it looks good. Thursday, Friday and Sat afternoons at the Museum of Fine Arts. From the film's promo: In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America’s busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training … Continue reading Today and this weekend: Code Black: Documentary by #ED doc at MFA #hospitals

State keeps tabs on hospital costs, use

Catching up on hospital news:   1)     AG fires back at Partners on costs. From the Globe Last week, Thomas O'Brien, chief of Coakley's health care division, wrote Partners general counsel Brent Henry, calling portions of the (Partners cost report) erroneous and saying in other respects it essentially agreed with his office's findings. The attorney general's report … Continue reading State keeps tabs on hospital costs, use

Health career/EMT training scams

First, the alleged Obama "death panel" has been soundly debunked. See KHN's morning roundup. So, no new health care jobs there. But, a lot of people are looking for new careers. I get a lot of spam about training programs for nurses and techs. I imagine some of them are scams. Buyer beware-- look for accreditation. EMT's skipping their … Continue reading Health career/EMT training scams